An Teallach, Cheers Tom!
by meangarry » Sun Jun 09, 2013 6:16 pm
Munros included on this walk: Bidein a'Ghlas Thuill (An Teallach), Sgurr Fiona (An Teallach)
Date walked: 06/06/2013
Time taken: 6.5 hours
Distance: 14 km
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Thursday morning started with the sun shining bright through the curtains and a sore head. The beer I'd bought at the shop. My old man was up already and had made bacon rolls. They seemed to sort me out and it wasn't long before I was dropped off by dundonnel house. I set off up through the bushes and followed the burn up the hill. Cloud was shrouding the tops. The sun will burn it off, oh wait there was a wee glimpse. Christ look at those teeth! I'm not sure if it was the beer or seeing what I'd let myself in for but suddenly my bowels turned to water and I felt a bit peely wally. I continued along my route and shortly I was feeling better. An eagle soared high above, the burn became a small stream and I was almost up glas meall liath. The summit of bidein a ghlas thuill was not far away and as I got to the trig point the cloud was all around me but not above. The sun beat down and I was roasting. A nice spot for some food and a wee drink of juice to celebrate number 10. I took a couple of pics as the patchy mist would allow and set off for sgurr fiona. It wasn't long before I was repeating the trick. Photos, food and juice on my eleventh. It was only then when the cloud cleared and I could fully see what lay ahead. I've only done eleven I thought. I was shaking on sharp edge. But it was wet, I managed the cobbler. I've put it on bloody facebook! I'll have to do it!!! So off I went. Up to lord berkleys seat. Feet dangling, no pipe, no mars bar but fruit pastilles did the job. Then up corrag bhuidhe. This isn't too bad, I am doing it. Then I couldn't see an obvious way down. Oh ****. Suddenly my heart was in my mouth and I felt rough again. I don't know if it was right, clever or even remotely like anything anyone has ever attempted but somehow I shimmy/slid/chimeny/bumped and jumped my way down. Phew. Bugger the rest I thought. I'll take the bypass path. Then when walking along it I met the first folk I seen. They were walking along the top, a party of 15 or from Ireland, and my pride stepped in. Back onto the ridge. It's fine, I like the climbing up bit. I'm doing it again. I'm going for it. Oh wait, another down bit. Not fun anymore. Back pressed against the rock and down another wee crack, bag bumping off the wall, feet wedged in cracks and hands clinging on. Before long it was over. A flash of sweaty palms and sick feeling mixed with elation and a gratitude for simply being alive. I was on cadha goblach and not a broken heap by loch toll an lochain. The rest of the way wasn't much fun but it wasn't any scary so that suited me fine. The boulders coming down sail laith were murder on the legs and the 4x4 track wasn't much better but I had just come off An Teallach with all of my mental and physical faculties intact. I was a very happy man! For some daft reason I want to do it again.
So thats me, gonna be a yes man from now on! Cheers for the gentle encouragement Tom.
by David-Main » Mon Jun 10, 2013 11:34 am
by laconic surf » Mon Jun 10, 2013 3:18 pm
Fantastic stuff mate
by Johnny Corbett » Mon Jun 10, 2013 4:43 pm
by gmr82 » Mon Jun 10, 2013 6:16 pm
Thats the same chat I have just now tooand all my usual bumph about my local hills and how these rocky ones were a new experience for me.
by meangarry » Tue Jun 11, 2013 10:10 pm
gmr82 wrote:Good stuff meangarry, were you up that way for the week then?
Yeah man, with the rents. Recently single and they took pity on me I think. Fantastic week and weather.
Cheers LS, JC and DM too. It's given me confidence and a renewed thirst for getting out there! (not that it was waning like!)
by simon-b » Thu Jun 13, 2013 11:24 am
by spiderwebb » Thu Jun 13, 2013 8:42 pm