Saturday, 12 May 2012

Glen Coe - Tour Ronde

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???


2 comments:

  1. Good grief, over 3000 meters of climbing in 6 hours. What are your plans for the Alps??. At that rate you will pee up them. When conditions are right Scotland is simply epic. Like the pins, great idea.

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  2. Minute a contour Stephen...we thought we were slow! LOL

    It's a great trip to do though there is no climbing involved; that said the gully descent would go at at least two in winter. Glen Coe is a wonderful place 'to be sure now'.
    Your climbing looked nice :)
    Take care
    Craig

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