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An Teallach - Winter

An Teallach - Winter


by Alex Nail » Thu Jan 01, 2015 8:10 pm

Route description: An Teallach, Dundonnell

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

Date walked: 29/12/2014

Distance: 14.3 km

Ascent: 1040m

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Re: An Teallach - Winter

Postby BobMcBob » Mon Jan 05, 2015 11:29 am

Stunning photographs of an incredible place. Nice one!
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Re: An Teallach - Winter

Postby Alteknacker » Tue Jan 06, 2015 1:15 am

AWESOME pics and great report. Seems like they would be worth a torn tent!

BTW, what sleeping bag do you have? I'm wanting to get a 4 season, and I noticed you said you were warm in the tent when I guess the outside temperatures must have been around -8 C or so.
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Re: An Teallach - Winter

Postby pollyh33 » Tue Jan 06, 2015 3:49 am

Wow! :shock:

I've read this report three times and each time I've been blow away by your photographs :clap: :clap: :clap:

Must admit to being a wee bit scared for you guys- it looked rather steep on some of those descents- yikes!

Well done on producing such an enjoyable report- cheers!
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Re: An Teallach - Winter

Postby Alex Nail » Tue Jan 06, 2015 8:41 am

Alteknacker wrote:BTW, what sleeping bag do you have? I'm wanting to get a 4 season, and I noticed you said you were warm in the tent when I guess the outside temperatures must have been around -8 C or so.

The outside temperatures were around -3. We measured 7 celsius down to 3 celsius when it got windy inside the tent. I used a Rab Neutrino endurance 600 XL and wore my down jacket and thermals too. The NeoAir Xtherm I used for the first time was also absolutely outstanding - much warmer than my previous Exped Synmat UL.
Anecdotally I have always found nights around +1 to +10 Celsius when camped in cloud With a 400 fill bag to be the coldest - you just can't escape the damp.
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Re: An Teallach - Winter

Postby AnnieMacD » Tue Jan 06, 2015 2:49 pm

Stunning photos and great report of it all. The spindrift creates a great atmosphere. Happy you both got off the hill OK.
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Re: An Teallach - Winter

Postby Torridon_snails » Wed Jan 07, 2015 3:27 pm

Wow! Definitely agree with GraemeMac - these are amongst the best photos we've ever seen. Hats off to you for achieving something most of us can only really dream about, and thanks for sharing the amazing results. It allows us to experience a bit of that magic...

All the best,

Daniel and Clare (Torridon_snails)
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Re: An Teallach - Winter

Postby Alteknacker » Thu Jan 08, 2015 12:18 am

Alex Nail wrote:
Alteknacker wrote:BTW, what sleeping bag do you have? I'm wanting to get a 4 season, and I noticed you said you were warm in the tent when I guess the outside temperatures must have been around -8 C or so.

The outside temperatures were around -3. We measured 7 celsius down to 3 celsius when it got windy inside the tent. I used a Rab Neutrino endurance 600 XL and wore my down jacket and thermals too. The NeoAir Xtherm I used for the first time was also absolutely outstanding - much warmer than my previous Exped Synmat UL.
Anecdotally I have always found nights around +1 to +10 Celsius when camped in cloud With a 400 fill bag to be the coldest - you just can't escape the damp.


Thanks a million for the inf. I really appreciate it. :) :) :)
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Re: An Teallach - Winter

Postby KeithS » Sun Jan 25, 2015 2:16 pm

I really enjoyed this report. Your pictures are remarkable. Congratulations on a stunning day on one of my favourite mountains.

I have climbed Sgurr Fiona a couple of times but am not brave enough to tackle it under those conditions.

I realize that I was actually looking at An Teallach through my telescope from the comfort of my living room whilst you were on it, thinking how beautiful it was, but not for me in that weather. I didn't notice you! The coldest thing about my day was the beer I was enjoying from the fridge. :lol:

Well done on a great day expedition.

Keith
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Re: An Teallach - Winter

Postby onsen » Sun Jan 25, 2015 7:48 pm

Wonderful pics.....and the video provides a taste of how nasty it can be in the mountains.
Good stuff.
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Re: An Teallach - Winter

Postby MunroMadMen » Sun Jan 25, 2015 10:11 pm

Awesome report and the pics are beyond words...... jelous much :wink:
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Re: An Teallach - Winter

Postby Alex Nail » Wed Jan 28, 2015 12:37 pm

KeithS wrote:I really enjoyed this report. Your pictures are remarkable. Congratulations on a stunning day on one of my favourite mountains.

I have climbed Sgurr Fiona a couple of times but am not brave enough to tackle it under those conditions.

Keith


Thanks Keith. Actually I think it might well have been easier doing the steepest gradients in the snow simply because it evened out the scree slopes and made the ground more consistent. The problem was just the dramatic change in conditions which made a perfect mountain day a little bit more dangerous than I would have liked. It just shows how much slimmer the margins for error are in the winter.
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Re: An Teallach - Winter

Postby MusicalHiker » Wed Jan 28, 2015 2:08 pm

Got all shivery looking at those amazing pics!! I'll never be a winter hiker but I do love looking at photos and dreaming...
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Re: An Teallach - Winter

Postby trederdog 100 » Sun Feb 22, 2015 7:34 pm

Beautiful photo's, thanks for sharing. Really inspiring to get up to that corner of the country. An Tellach looks like a mighty beast! Good job your camera didn't freeze up!
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Re: An Teallach - Winter

Postby John Batchelor » Mon Mar 02, 2015 4:42 pm

I watched this and felt so enveyous, great pictures.
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