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An Teallach - my mountain! :)

An Teallach - my mountain! :)


Postby fipriestley » Wed Aug 15, 2012 11:51 pm

Route description: An Teallach, Dundonnell

Munros included on this walk: Bidein a'Ghlas Thuill (An Teallach), Sgurr Fiona (An Teallach)

Date walked: 08/08/2012

Time taken: 8.25 hours

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In the middle of a fantastic week away in the hills, I passed on a day of rest and decided this was a good day for the much talked about An Teallach :D The car park at Dundonnell was already full when I got there so I parked on the verge just at the start of the track. Slightly wary about this, but by the time I was setting off to walk another 2 cars had joined mine.

A clear path from the road, I was merrily walking up still undecided about whether I'd go over the pinnacles and finish with a road walk (given I'd already done a lot of walking this week!). Fairly soon I came to a short rock climb where I met a couple wondering if I knew where I was going :o We checked maps and co-ordinates on the GPS and realised we weren't actually on the zig-zag path described. :shock: Although the described route says better to keep to the old path (less boggy but also good views) rather than the new one that follows the river, this is easily missed... needs a right turn off what seems like the main path, although it is marked with cairns (didn't see them on the first passing!). It was only a short walk back from where we were at this point so we picked up the old path (easily seen when looking down) and I had the pleasure of company of the lovely Gill and Tony for the rest of the day :D :wave: Still very flattered to be 'guide' for the day :oops: and most impressed this was their first munros! :clap: :clap:
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Little Loch Broom to Summer Isles
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rounding Coir a'Mhuillin, first summit in sight
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climb up Bidein a'Ghlas Thuill - hard to spot, but there is a path!
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looking back (excuse for a rest on the climb!)
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summit view to Sgurr Fiona :)
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Toll an Lochain
First summit reached and my new friends are munroists! :D :thumbup: At this point I decided I would return by the same route after the next top and leave the pinnacles for another trip. Didn't want to push it so much that I wouldn't manage tomorrow's walk :lol:
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choice of path up Sgurr Fiona - we followed the ridge
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near the top, path makes a sharp left turn - causing sharp intake of breath!
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not hanging on for dear life, but hugs for my namesake! :D
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Loch na Sealga and Beinn Dearg Mor
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took lower path down Sgurr Fiona and cut across the rocks to miss going back over the first summit
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off the tops, looking back to see clouds coming down - nice timing!
Coming down we took the newer path along Allt a Mhuillin (wasn't too boggy, only in patches) and spotted a few deer on the hillside. They were fairly close and didn't run as we passed by. An excellent day, finished off with a drive along to watch the dolphins playing in Little Loch Broom :D :D
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Re: An Teallach - my mountain! :)

Postby dogplodder » Thu Aug 16, 2012 8:55 am

Thanks for this Fiona. It's very timely as I'm planning this exact walk next week - also taking some first timers. I've been up the first one but not 'your' mountain so need to get back up and finish the job. :D

The last time we used the new path up and back and found it fine. Would you recommend the old path for the views going up? Hope we get a day like yours! :thumbup:
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Re: An Teallach - my mountain! :)

Postby Mountainlove » Thu Aug 16, 2012 9:09 am

It is a great mountain and to share your name with it...is there anythig better?? :D :D :D
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Re: An Teallach - my mountain! :)

Postby basscadet » Thu Aug 16, 2012 9:26 am

Oh it is affy nice up there, and you must be chuffed you got a good day for it.. Those pics are cracking :clap:

My sister was named after Sgurr Fionnadh... They changed the spelling on the maps about 15 years ago to Fiona, for some unknown reason.. :think:
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Re: An Teallach - my mountain! :)

Postby KeithS » Thu Aug 16, 2012 9:28 am

Sorry to disappoint you all but this is my mountain :D
You can borrow it and enjoy it but you can't claim it, I need it back when you have finished with it.
That is an interesting first name you have Sgurr (sorry Fiona). I'm glad you enjoyed my mountain.

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View from my garden, thanks to Clive for the picture 8)
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Re: An Teallach - my mountain! :)

Postby clivegrif » Thu Aug 16, 2012 8:40 pm

KeithS wrote:Sorry to disappoint you all but this is my mountain :D
You can borrow it and enjoy it but you can't claim it, I need it back when you have finished with it.
That is an interesting first name you have Sgurr (sorry Fiona). I'm glad you enjoyed my mountain.

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View from my garden, thanks to Clive for the picture 8)



:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: Good stuff! I don't know, the presumption of young people these days!! 'Bidean a' Ghlas Thuill' translates to 'Keith's Mountain' doesn't it?
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Re: An Teallach - my mountain! :)

Postby KeithS » Thu Aug 16, 2012 8:50 pm

clivegrif wrote:
:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: Good stuff! I don't know, the presumption of young people these days!! 'Bidean a' Ghlas Thuill' translates to 'Keith's Mountain' doesn't it?

Yes, well spotted, it's actually from the ancient Hebrew and means 'Keith's last mountain' 8)
Please let me know when you want to borrow my mountain again, I'll make the arrangements :D
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Re: An Teallach - my mountain! :)

Postby clivegrif » Thu Aug 16, 2012 9:17 pm

After a day of 'managing contractors' and 'fire management policies' - I'm ready to leave now!

If only.....

Cheers!
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Re: An Teallach - my mountain! :)

Postby Alan S » Thu Aug 16, 2012 9:29 pm

Well done Fiona smashing pics and well done on your friends for their 1st munros, what a cracker to do it on 8)
Cant wait to do this :D
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Re: An Teallach - my mountain! :)

Postby clivegrif » Thu Aug 16, 2012 9:43 pm

...and well done to Fiona and chums, hopefully this will inspire them to go on and do the lot!
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Re: An Teallach - my mountain! :)

Postby scoob999 » Thu Aug 16, 2012 10:07 pm

Another fine report Fi :D
Cant wait to do this one either, hope the weathers as good for me :D
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Re: An Teallach - my mountain! :)

Postby fipriestley » Fri Aug 17, 2012 12:22 am

dogplodder wrote:Would you recommend the old path for the views going up?
Yes definitely - first pic in this report was taken from the old path. Hope you get a great day for it too!

Thanks ML - loved this walk :D

Well chuffed BC :D Didn't know about the different spelling :thumbup:

KeithS wrote:You can borrow it and enjoy it but you can't claim it, I need it back when you have finished with it.
:lol: :lol: No worries Keith - it's not going anywhere, plenty of it to share around :lol: :lol:

Thanks Alan, Clive & Scoob - hope you get even better weather 8)
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Re: An Teallach - my mountain! :)

Postby Trekkin Tony » Fri Aug 17, 2012 3:38 pm

Aahh, that's nice,Fiona you were lovely too, and such an excellent guide :clap: :D Hope to meet you again in the future. Let us know if you are planning a visit to the Lakes and we could all meet up to do a hill or two :)
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Re: An Teallach - my mountain! :)

Postby ChrisW » Fri Aug 17, 2012 4:50 pm

Some beautiful shots of a cracking mountain Fi, new friends, great weather and a lump of rock with your name on it, what more can a girl want :D
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Re: An Teallach - my mountain! :)

Postby kfrweaving » Fri Aug 17, 2012 4:58 pm

Summit view to Sgurr Fiona - that view :clap: is amazing and terrifying at the same time! Beautiful scenery. Well done!
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