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An Teallach - Highlight of My Walking Year

An Teallach - Highlight of My Walking Year


Postby Jokester » Fri Dec 30, 2016 6:27 pm

Route description: An Teallach, Dundonnell

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

Date walked: 09/10/2016

Time taken: 7.5 hours

Distance: 19.34 km

Ascent: 1405m

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I had seen this from the road on my home from my walk up Ben More Assynt / Conival a few months previously and it recommended to me by a friend as being a stunning walk so I started checking the weather report on a weekly basis until weeks later it finally looked like it was going to be as good as it was going to get for that time of year.

I parked by the road outside what I think was a closed down gift shop where there was plenty of space for parking along the road, a minute or so's walk to the start of the path.

ImageIMG_0072 by matthew_chalmers, on Flickr
Looking back towards the road

ImageIMG_0073 by matthew_chalmers, on Flickr
Looking towards the first main hike

ImageIMG_0076 by matthew_chalmers, on Flickr
Brooding

ImageIMG_0081 by matthew_chalmers, on Flickr
God rays

ImageIMG_0086 by matthew_chalmers, on Flickr
First proper look of the ridge

I must admit, when I came to the first proper scramble I thought it looked a bit much for me so I decided to take the bypass route

ImageIMG_0097 by matthew_chalmers, on Flickr
Bypass

ImageIMG_0098 by matthew_chalmers, on Flickr
Bypass again

ImageIMG_0100 by matthew_chalmers, on Flickr
There's a path there somewhere

ImageIMG_0102 by matthew_chalmers, on Flickr
At the summit of Sgurr Fiona

ImageIMG_0106 by matthew_chalmers, on Flickr
Looking over to Bidein a' Ghlas Thuill

It's an easy walk over to the 2nd Munro and once there, I made the second mistake of the day. I should have taken the walk over the ridge to Glas Mheall Liath as it would have been another interesting walk and more direct route back to my car, Instead I went down the back to Dundonnell which left me a additional few miles walk.


ImageIMG_0114 by matthew_chalmers, on Flickr
The classic view of An Teallach

Definitely somewhere I'm going to return to and do the full ridge walk!
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Re: An Teallach - Highlight of My Walking Year

Postby spiderwebb » Fri Dec 30, 2016 10:29 pm

Glad you got a good day for it as its too good to just bag, especially if you ascend and descend from Dundonnell.
But yes I'd have to say its without doubt the best days walk Ive had, even though I missed the first summit, so much in awe at the scenery :lol:
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Re: An Teallach - Highlight of My Walking Year

Postby Cairngorm creeper » Fri Dec 30, 2016 11:55 pm

Good stuff and some nice photos of the ridge. I hope to make An Teallach the highlight of 2017 and get goose pimp,e reading about it.
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Re: An Teallach - Highlight of My Walking Year

Postby Jokester » Sat Dec 31, 2016 2:33 pm

Cheers, hope you have a fantastic day when you get round to doing it!
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Re: An Teallach - Highlight of My Walking Year

Postby Huff_n_Puff » Sat Dec 31, 2016 3:56 pm

Stunning photos - An Teallach is one of my all time highlights too its just magnificent :clap:
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Re: An Teallach - Highlight of My Walking Year

Postby Alteknacker » Mon Jan 02, 2017 1:24 am

A really wonderful looking mountain, that I still have to do - as CGC, I hope to do it in 2017. I reckon even if it wasn't a brilliant lump in its own right, it would be worth climbing just for the view of Beinn Dearg Mor (your pic of it - titled "Bypass" - is one of the best I've seen).

And: boy, did you have amazing weather!!!
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Re: An Teallach - Highlight of My Walking Year

Postby Jokester » Mon Jan 02, 2017 3:21 pm

Aye, it's a stunning mountain in it's own right from that side:

ImageIMG_0084 by matthew_chalmers, on Flickr
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