A win for Beinn Dearg Mor against the mighty An Teallach!
by Delice » Sat Sep 08, 2012 11:25 am
Corbetts included on this walk: Beinn Dearg Mor
Date walked: 19/08/2012
Distance: 9.14 km
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The view was so stunning when we got to the lip of the main corrie - even Mr T had to stop to admire it! Had a really good look at An Teallach and the best bits of the ridge. You could practically walk it all in your head just looking at it! Then there is Beinn Dearg Mor itself - what a mountain! The curving ridge drew us round to the top - a little grassy knoll between sheer craggy drops. Really exciting and combined with the views it was heady stuff. Of course you have to have your photo taken in the most dramatic spots - just don't look down! From here it would have been great to have gone on - Beinn Dearg Bheag next is the obvious thing. But we had to get back to walk out from Shenavall and then travel south, so regretfully we had to go down. From the far side of the corrie we had spotted 'a small path' threading itself along the side of the northern ridge, and dropping into Coire nan Clach. That would do for us! Following a couple of stags we skirted round the summit crags on the grass, scree and boulders above Coire Toll an Lochain until we could rejoin the ridge lower down. A bracing little section of ridge walking until we hit a small notch where our 'path' shot off - pretty much into thin air! Mr T claims it was made by deer [funny images in my head of 4-legged work parties when no humans were looking], but I reckon it was done by someone like us. Anyway, whoever did it, they obviously got bored, because we lost it pretty quickly even though we had both seen a definite line here on our way up. Heading straight down is always another option, and that's the one we took. It was steep but quick! Just a mixture of tussocky grass [botanists excuse that inaccurate description!] scree and a few small rocky outcrops. Impressive rocky towers crags and gullies rising around us as we dropped down to the floor of the corrie and met a tumbling burn. Then, lower down there was a beautiful 'Japanese' rock garden. You feel so lucky to stumble across these wonderful creations of nature - who needs a garden designer? Not far to the first river crossing. Someone has left lots of bits of wood lying about - it looks as though a kind of board walk on the track has collapsed . I'm fed up of getting wet feet, and being trained in the art of construction I reckon I could make a good bridge from these timbers. Mr T has already crossed and is secretly smirking as I place a plank carefully in the river. The mountain air has obviously made me light-headed and pretty dim. The plank lands far short of the nearest stepping stone. It bobs away downstream and I wade across. Say nothing!
Back at Shenavall Bothy, we load up our packs and head back to the car at Corrie Hallie, nodding respectfully to An Teallach as we pass. Really glad that we chose to climb Beinn Dearg Mor today - it was a cracker. But An Teallach remains at number one on the Most Wanted list!
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