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Mountaineering in Bidean nam Bian, Glencoe, Highlands and Islands United Kingdom

Height:
1150m/3773ft
Distance:
11km/6.75mi
Grade:
Very hard
Translation:
Peak of the mountains
Glencoe is a small village in the Highlands of Scotland, which is situated in the heart of the glen of Glen Coe. Surrounded by mountains, it is known for the outstanding natural beauty. ''Bidean nam Bian'' is Glencoe's big challenge to all experienced mountaineers.

Bodean nam Bian is a complex mountain on the south side of Glencoe with many ridges and peaks. Being the highest point in Argyll, it has the reputation of the best of Scotland’s mountaineering. Its summit is actually hidden from ”The Three Sisters”, three steeply-sided ridges on the north of Glencoe.

Most of the mountaineers start their ascent from the car park on the foots of the Three Sisters. In summer it is recommended to get there early because of the limited parking space. There are many routes starting from Glencoe and running through the Three Sisters. The most common is between the first two sisters and leads to the ”hidden valley”, a valley that is impossible to be seen from anywhere else, unless someone walks through it.

Bodean nam Bian is considered a tough undertaking and should only be attempted by experts in mountaineering. The ground is steep and rocky and there are many sections of steep scree, even at the commonly-used paths. The accessibility from the south is really hard, so it is rarely chosen by practitioners. If you take the challenge, don’t miss the chance to reach Stob Coire Sgreamhach, another subsidiary peak of Bodean nam Bian, which lies just at 0.5 km/546.81 yd in the the southeast.

How to Get to Destination

BY CAR FROM Edinburgh
117miles/188km, 2 hours 35mins
1. Head west on Waterloo Pl/A1 to Leith St/A900 2. Take the first right onto Leith St/A900 3. At the roundabout, take the first exit towards Broughton St/B901 4.Stay on Broughton St/B901 Continue to follow the B901 Go through 1 roundabout 5. Turn left into the Ferry Rd/A902 Continue to follow the A902 Go through 1 roundabout 6. Turn right at the Hillhouse Rd/A90 Continue to follow the A90 7. Take the exit toward B800/Kirkliston 8. At the roundabout, take the first exit to Builyeon Rd/A904 Continue to follow the A904 9. Turn left into the B8046 10. Turn right to enter M9 towards Stirling 11. At junction 10, take the A84 exit to A85/Stirling/Callander/Crianlarich 12. At the roundabout, take the second exit to A84 Go through 1 roundabout 13. Continue on A85 14. Continue on A82 15. Turn right onto B863 16. Take the first right onto Lorn Dr 17. turn left Limited use Street
BY TRAIN

The nearest station is Fort William train station.  Daily services to and from Inverness and Glasgow connect Fort William with Aberdeen, Edinburgh and all other major UK cities.

Schools

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Kitesurfing 1 Day Lessons, East Sussex
/ Camber Sands, East Sussex, South East England, United Kingdom

The one day kitesurfing course is aimed at complete beginners and a great introduction to the sport. Initially learning the fundamentals and kite control whilst covering safety, site assessments, and kite set ups, then moving into the water for body dragging and self rescue techniques.The course is 90% practical and brilliant fun!!!

Course Duration: 6 hours total.

All included + post course handout pack.

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125
Kite Landboarding Lessons, East Sussex
/ Camber Sands, East Sussex, South East England, United Kingdom

All Equipment, including safety is supplied in the kite landboarding lessons:

Bring a study pair of shoes, sunglasses, sun cream and warm clothing if it is cold.

Post lesson discount vouchers for equipment we offer are available.

Course duration: 4 hours

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112
Kitesurfing Lessons – Board Control, East Sussex
/ Camber Sands, East Sussex, South East England, United Kingdom

This course is aimed at kitesurfers that have already had some kitesurfing lessons such as a 2 or 3 day course and would like some more tuition to master their board starts and controlled riding. The lesson is 100% practical and the whole time is spent with the board.

Course duration: 5 hours

All included + post course handout pack.

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125
Kiteboarding 2 Days Lessons, East Sussex
/ Camber Sands, East Sussex, South East England, United Kingdom

The two day course is aimed at complete beginners with the 1st day the same as the 1 day lesson (above). The second day of this course goes on to cover more complex bodydragging techniques, board starts and continuous riding while keeping the power in the kite.100% practical and great as a weekend break.

Course duration: 12 hours total

All included + post course handout pack.

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215
During weekends the cost of the activity is 240€
Wave Surfing Lessons, East Sussex
/ Camber Sands, East Sussex, South East England, United Kingdom

The huge benefit of stand up paddle surfing over regular surfing is that much smaller less steep waves are catchable before they break, and as the boards are much more stable it is easier to pick up. Additionally, as you start in a standing position, there is no popping up onto the SUP, while the paddle can be used for extra stability and drive on the wave.

Camber offers some for stand up paddle surfing with both small and big waves.

Course Duration: 2 hours

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63
Rafting & Wind Tunnel Flying, East England
/ Bedford, East England, United Kingdom

Summer/Autumn 2016-2017

Europe

River Rafting, Wind Tunnel Flying & Outdoor activities in Bedford, United Kingdom.

From June to September. 3 Days – air travel not included.

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590
Kitesurfing 3 Days Lessons, East Sussex
/ Camber Sands, East Sussex, South East England, United Kingdom

The first two days of this course follow the same outline as the 1 and 2 day courses (above) and it then offers another full day on the board to really master the board start and go on to controlled edging, upwind riding and turns. If you’re keen to take up the sport we recommend the three day kitesurfing lesson as it gives the time to become confident and independent.

Course duration: 18 hours total

All included + post course handout pack.

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315
During weekends the cost of the activity is 365€
Kitesurfing Coaching – Intermediate & Advanced, East Sussex
/ Camber Sands, East Sussex, South East England, United Kingdom

As well as beginner courses we also offer more advanced coaching sessions. Have you ever found that you come back from a session having just cruised up and down without trying out anything new? With an experienced coach by your side to push you and impart their knowledge to aid your progression you will improve quicker than expected! We run both intermediate and advanced coaching days.

Course duration: 3-4 hours

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65
Kitesurfing 5 Days – Zero to Hero Course, East Sussex
/ Camber Sands, East Sussex, South East England, United Kingdom

Our zero to hero course takes you from a complete beginner to a confident kitesurfer able to continue the sport independently. The first 3 days cover a similar syllabus to the 1, 2 and 3 day kitesurfing courses (above) with the following 2 days moving on to advanced equipment tuning, detailed theory, board control in various conditions & freestyle techniques including basic jumps.

Course duration: 30 hours total

All included + post course handout pack.

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570
SUP Introductory Lessons, East Sussex
/ Camber Sands, East Sussex, South East England, United Kingdom

Brief theory & safety covering the sea / river, weather & local sites

SUP equipment

Stance and Balance

Paddling styles

Paddle strokes & techniques

Board control & steering

Paddle and board stability

Once you have learnt the SUP basics you can progress onto the river tours or wave surfing lesson:

Course Duration: 2 hours

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63

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