Mark and Craig went for an Alps training day to knock off some big effort in the Glen Coe mountains.
We decided to head up the Zig Zags, take the east ridge of Stob Corrie nan Lochan, head up Bidean nam Bian, drop and climb to Screamach (Munro of unprouncability & spellability!!) then traverse along Beinn Fada ridge and drop down into the Lost Valley.
Which we did...and had a great time doing it. There is plenty of snow above about 750-800m but the sun through the day was lifting the snow line up the mountain but it was a wonderful day.
We did 3193m of climbing throughout the day (per Suunto) and had rain, sun, snow and mist keeping us company. We travelled fast to start and had our first food stop at Beallach Dubh over looking the Lost Valley.
After a quick honey bar, we headed up to Screamach and enjoyed the sun...a truly beautiful Alpine day
After a quick lounge on the summit, we headed over Beinn Fada and dropped too quickly down a horrible slimy gully which we knew was not the normal route but thought we'd check it out...turned out to be a bad idea...steep, slimy, broken rock and not to be repeated; if you see the cairn on the ridge, don't drop from there - keep going until you are in line with Rev. Ted's Gully and the big bouldering stone on the valley floor.
Regardless, it added to the journey and we had a great time; all in a 6 hr journey and we got home in jig time.
Should add Mark lost his shiny Simply Epic badge (see pic below) nr summit of Screamach from Beallach Dubh; if you find it, plse give us a call?? Thanks
Simply Epic day on the hills - an Alpine day in May in Scotland...what's with the weather???