Sunday, 2 June 2013
Bidean nam Bian Traverse. Monte Perdido Video.
Very dramatic scenery. You tend to forget how good these areas are. Seen at its best here with the waterfalls in fine form filled with melting snow. Just Ron and I on this trip but looking left from this spot are the massive cliffs of Aonach Dubh with a huge range of rock climbs. Quiver Rib. Diff. Archer Ridge.Severe. Lament. V diff. Rowan Tree Wall. V Diff. and The Long Crack. Severe... all bring back memories. Good, bad and sometimes scary.
containing several small lochans.
We then went over Stob coire Sgreamhach and half of Beinn Fhada before cutting down into the Lairig Eilde and back via the Waterfall above the study. J. Savile's house had the usual graffiti on it but I think its been sold to a new owner now which is only right as its a great property in a classic position. It deserves to be reinstated to its former glory. Glencoe just wouldn't be the same without it.
We left the car park at 9.30am and returned around 6.00pm ( I think. I was too busy enjoying myself to clock watch.) An 8 hour day with few rest stops. Not bad for two old duffers on a warm day.
As twinning is all the rage these days with villages, towns and cities I thought I'd do a spot of twinning of my own. Monte Perdido in the Spanish Pyrenees. Third highest peak in the range and the highest limestone summit in western Europe. 3555 metres or 11,663 feet. The name means 'Lost mountain' and I once enjoyed a memorable backpacking tour which ended under it and in the adjoining Ordesa Canyon. The Grand Canyon of Europe but far less frequented. Amazing area and this short video captures it well.