Bidean Nam Bian
Climb to the highest point in Argyll and bag two magnificent Munros.
- 50 British pounds£50
About this event
Bidean nam Bian is a complex hulk of a mountain. Like a mountain range in miniature, the massif sports 2 Munros, 4 Munro 'Tops' and an array of rocky ridges each with their own character. Viewed from the roadside, the mountain boasts three ridges which point north, These are Beinn Fhada, Gearr Aonach and Aonach Dubh or, as they are known collectively, The Three Sisters. Cutting deeply between these parallel spurs are Coire Gabhail to the left and Coire nan Lochan to the right. Coire Gabhail is best known as the Lost Valley and this magical place is worthy of exploration in it's own right. You can read about our Lost Valley event under the Highland Experience Days section. Our route head to skyline through Coire nan Lochan. The obvious path is steep and rocky but height is gained quickly. At a picturesque box canyon and waterfall we have the choice whether to branch left and head up the east ridge to Stob Coire nan Lochan or whether to branch right and head up the north ridge. Both routes have their own merit. From Stob Coire nan Lochan we get our first glimpse of the twin summits of Bidean nam Bian which, from here, look so close at hand. Being the highest point in the former county of Argyll, on a clear day the views in all directions are stunning. It's downhill from here all the way to Bealach Dearg, from where we can enjoy the views down into the Lost Valley and we can 'recce' our route of descent. The gully here is easier than first appears when viewed from above. First though we head up to Stob Coire Sgreamach which translates as 'peak of the horrible coire'. The views from the summit, especially over Buachille Etive Beag and Buachaille Etive Mor and along the length of Loch Etive are superb. With care we will descend north from the bealach down into the Lost Valley. With all the hard work now behind us and still so much to see and explore, it's clear to see why this mountain ranks so highly amongst on a Munro baggers bucket list. Online booking for this event is available on the following dates. Monday 7th June 21 Saturday 19th June 21 Saturday 31st July 21 Tuesday 31st August 21 Saturday 9th October 21 For more information about our route and the terrain, the level of difficulty, the amount of experience required and level of fitness, please follow the 'Useful Info' link on the Menu bar at the top of the site homepage. Here you will also find the 'Kit List' link providing recommendations on essential kit you will need to bring with you.
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