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An Teallach, Dundonnell
by Dirk Winter » Sat Aug 02, 2008 4:56 pm
Route description: An Teallach, Dundonnell
Munros included on this walk: Bidein a'Ghlas Thuill (An Teallach), Sgurr Fiona (An Teallach)
Date walked: 02/08/2008Register or Login free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).
And off we were, accompanied by blue sky. Unfortunately we didn't notice where the old path up the ridge left the newer path round to the Allt a Mhuillin, so we ended up on the latter path - this seemed to be the more popular route and it wasn't too boggy taking the rain in the days before into account. At a quarter past 12 we rejoined the other route near Sron a Choire and caught the first glimpse of the main peaks of An Teallach.
At 12.55 we arrived at the summit of Bidean a'Ghlas Thuill, the first munro of the day. The views towards Sgurr Fiona and the pinnacled ridge was absolutely breathtaking (even more than the steep climb which was behind us)! We could also enjoy the views into the other directions as there were only some high flying clouds. As we were not the only ones on the summit we had a nice chat with a young Scottish lady and a couple from Northern Ireland (if I remember correctly) who were walking in the opposite direction - one of those international "gatherings" we like so much in Scotland. They told us that the pinnacled ridge was not too bad even if they normally find exposure to heights quite scary.
Despite of that we didn't change our destination which was Sgurr Fiona. We arrived there at a bit after 2 p.m. having taken the direct and steep route along the ridge which was alright for us. The summit was fairly crowded but we found a place for lunch where we could also enjoy the views all around. Suilven in the north was recognizable very well, and Ben Hope and Ben Loyal even further north could also be seen. Somewhere in the south there was Beinn Alligin which we would have liked to climb in the days before, but this will have to wait till another year.
Sooner or later we had to walk back the route of ascent. We noticed a group of five other people who bypassed the summit of Bidean a'Ghlas Thuill on the way back. They walked along its slopes and stayed at a height of about 900 metres, but I don't know if this shortcut is to be recommended. At a quarter past 4 it started to rain, but when we arrived at our car at half past 5 our waterproof clothing had been dried again.
To sum it all up: a great day and an extraordinary walk which I will remember a long time.
- view to the south from Sgurr Fiona
- a steep but not too intimidating climb
- international gathering on Bidean a'Ghlas Thuill
by canisp » Sun Aug 03, 2008 10:03 am
Definitely a hill to save for a good day weather wise, if that’s not asking to much in Scotland.
by goth_angel » Sat Aug 09, 2008 10:13 am
by Paul Webster » Sat Aug 09, 2008 2:38 pm
by streap » Sat Aug 09, 2008 8:07 pm