Sunday, 29 May 2011

The lost lost valley

After such a long period of fine weather it has to be said that recently it's been rather pish. We didn't let it stop us going out last weekend, although if we're honest we did modify our plans somewhat. We were originally going to sneak off just ourselves for a quiet weekend to camp somewhere and climb a Mamore or two but the incessant dampness saw us sticking to a lower route and swapping the rustle of silnylon for a hotel room. Aye well, we might not 'proper rufty tufties' but at least we still went oot!

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Proof that we're no' afraid of a wee bit of rain!

We decided on the lost valley which funnily enough remains lost...at least to us anyway. It's a walk I've heard a load about but never done. I always seem to be heading for bigger and steeper things when I'm up that direction but the wet weather brought it to mind when trying to think of a lower level route. I won't detail the route as there are many online guides for it but I will say this. It's a great backup walk if the weather is nasty as you are quite sheltered when you get up in in between Beinn Fhada and Gear Aonach, also try not to miss the stepping stones which we did due the water level being that bit higher than normal! We still had a nice refreshing walk and the scenery was looking very green and lush, probably due to the copious amount of water falling from the sky. Oh and if I'm honest, I'm slightly pleased that we get to go back again and try find the lost valley proper!

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4 comments:

  1. Glad you enjoyed your wee wander. Aye those stepping stones are somewhat elusive when the water flow is up. It does mean getting your feet wet to see the Lost Valley proper. Either that or you do what we did a few years ago and end up too high on the scree slopes on the right hand side of the valley - not something I'd recommend to anyone who doesn't like scree!!!! All part of the adventure of a day oot :-)

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  2. Erm yeah, we did that too! Sayin that, it was nice and quiet up there in amongst the boulders beyond the scree. Found a few likely looking bivy spots too.

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  3. oot is oot!

    I have been bivvy site spotting on recent walks too! Its good fun and its amazing how many new opportunities it opens up for camps on summits

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