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an Teallach, Dundonnell
by chaserjay » Sat Nov 19, 2011 10:09 pm
Route description: An Teallach, Dundonnell
Munros included on this walk: Bidein a'Ghlas Thuill (An Teallach), Sgurr Fiona (An Teallach)
Date walked: 16/11/2011
Time taken: 5 hours
Distance: 10 km
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Inverness was cold and fogbound.
I stopped at the 24 hour Tesco and stored up with the necessary mountaineering provisions, a Tesco BLT triple sandwich, double, a Tesco double Cajun Chicken Wrap Single and 4 Rice Krispie Squares, twice.
There was no chatting with the checkout girl about my pending expedition as I scanned my rations, quietly and robotically, and similarily with my fuel purchase, the fuel pump was not in the least bit interested.
It wasn't until I was leaving Garve that the thick mist showed signs of decreasing, and then it showed signs of thickening which then impacted on the quickening, which as you well know, is another well known Highlander phenomenon.
The glint in the gloaming hung patiently as I pulled into the lay-by at Dundonnell House. I got out for a stretch and the silence could be heard all around, but I was early and shuteye for half an hour.
The Moon and the stars shone and sparkled, but their brightness subtly encapsulated in the aurora of the threatening sunrise. I increased my pace quickly on the ascent, needing to be high enough to capture the first filters. A farmdog barked, at my hurried stonestepping, in the distance and my disturbance of the path adorning ferns also startled some contemplative moorland grouse.
The path was familiar and I quickly climbed to my first stop, a plateau of monolithic randomly parked rocks and in the distnce the Summer Isles looking ever bit their namesake.
Every now and then I heard voices behind me, and would look back for my followers, but there was not another soul to be seen, that happens though....doesn't it?
The ghostly voices were interuppted by a trio laid back Ptarmigan.
My time was good, but decided, that daylight hours left ( 3.5 Hours) would not be enough to comfortably complete the rigde walk of the Sgurr Fiona and the Corrag Buidhe pinnacles.
and I doubt I will be completing it in 2011, unless someone wants to take me in their winter expedition...
but the decision not to go on, allowed me to, once more, appreciate and be grateful for,....the stillness, the sought after stillness, that evades us all.......
by Huck Finn » Tue Nov 22, 2011 3:16 am
by chaserjay » Wed Dec 07, 2011 8:51 am
by Kevin29035 » Wed Dec 07, 2011 10:38 am
I love the photos of Corrag Bhuidhe, the one peeping through the gap is cool, unconventional. Looking at the photos I can just tell how calm that day might have been.
by L-Hiking » Wed Dec 07, 2011 12:04 pm