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A hard, but rewarding walk in Glen coe, suitable for experienced hill walkers
Rocky paths, including some very steep ground. Bring ice axe, crampons etc in winter conditions and know how to use them
Hazards and warnings
Navigation in poor visibility can be hard, and the consequences of failure deadly
Follow the obvious path over the bridge and up into Coire nan Lochan, before trending right up the headwaters of the stream. Depending on your skill level, you can scramble up one of the gullies in the south buttress, or swing to the right of the buttress, to gain an easier line to gain the ridge between Aonach Dubh and Stob Coirne nan Lochan.
Follow the ridge to the summit of Stob Coirne nan Lochan, and then after the summit take the south east trending ridge to reach Bidean nam Bian via the increasingly steep and narrow ridge. After the summit of Bidean, turn left and head down the ridge in a SE direction until you reach the path at Bealach Dearg.
In snowy conditions large cornice can be make the edge of the ridge very dangerous. The initial descent into the Bealach is very steep, and holds snow long after the rest of the area is clear. Follow the path made by others taking great care (ice axe and crampons will serve you well here), and then follow the path to the wide and flat area of the Lost Valley, before passing to the right of the river and down the obvious path, which fords the river, before carrying on along the left side of the stream to reach the bridge over the river Coe. After crossing the bridge return to the start.
I did this walk a long time ago with dylanhayes, and have finally got around to adding the route, after he dug out some photos of the walk.
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