The Lost Valley
Our first trip of the season took us to Glencoe and the Lost Valley (Coire Gabhail). A dramatic yet peaceful location, it is easy to see why this is a popular spot for wild campers. Carrie and Kyle, fresh from the warmth of the South African summer, joined their friend, Kerri, on this "spring" trip to get a taste of the Highlands and to help me test out the new kit.
By Friday evening we were pitched and tucking into some hearty scran to fuel us for Saturday's hike. After dinner Kerri produced a bottle of Ardmore from her pack (well worth the extra weight!) which helped keep the late evening chill at bay. Enjoying a dram in the fading light, sheltered in a high sided mountain valley, the everyday worries and stresses always seem so far away.
On Saturday morning we packed up and stashed some of our overnight kit to collect later. With lighter packs we set off into the head of the valley. Following the Allt Coire Gabhail towards Bealach Dearg views across the Mamores and eventual a snow-covered Ben Nevis appeared as we gained height.
After picking our way past what was left of the snow at the exit of the coire we took in the tops of Bidean nam Bian and Stob Coire Sgreamhach. As is the way, the cloud came in to cover us just in time for the summit photo on Bidean nam Bian. Nevertheless, a cracking first Munro for Kyle and Kerri. Having visited the tops, it was a nice to get out of the cold wind and back down into the Lost Valley.
We collected the rest of our kit before heading back to the car (just before the rain broke in earnest) and set off in search of the obligatory fish and chips on the road back to the Borders.