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Helicopter, Goats & Litter on An Teallach

Helicopter, Goats & Litter on An Teallach


Postby Sunset tripper » Fri Jun 14, 2019 9:34 am

Route description: An Teallach, Dundonnell

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

Date walked: 07/06/2019

Time taken: 8 hours

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It takes me not much more than an hour to drive to the foot of An Teallach. I had attempted the trip the week before but driving in the constant rain I lost the desire to climb the hill, so I about turned and spent my time doing some other stuff. I've seen the day when I would go out in all weathers and enjoy the challenge of horrendous conditions but not anymore. I feel a bit sorry for folk who have climbed An Teallach and not seen a thing. If that's you, you need to revisit. :D
I had decided to go up from Dundonnell and used the path that walkhighlands advises against, alongside the Allt a'Mhuilinn, but I'm sure its quicker.
After 2 hours 45 mins I was on top of Bidean a'Ghlas Thuill looking at the classic view.

An Teallach
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Another 45 mins and I was on Sgurr Fiona

The Corrag Buidhe :shock:
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I heard a distant buzz and then the unmistakeable thump thump thump of the rescue helicopter as it closed in rapidly and swept round the corrie.
In the spotlight
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Getting closer
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….and closer
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An impressive sight and sound directly below me, it headed round the back of the Corrag Buidhe out of sight, then after about 20 mins was gone. I decided to go over the pinnacles and then u-turn back on the bypass. Before that I tripped over the cairn on Fiona and a painted stone fell out. On the back of the stone was a name and a number. For some reason I decided to say farewell to it and throw it off the side of the hill, to me it was "I woz ere" graffiti that would encourage more. I doubt if it will ever be seen again but it will be on the mountain forever which may or may not please its creator :? On my return journey I tried the WH route over Sron a Choire & Meall Garbh as a slight variation and disturbed this fellow and his pals basking in the sun.

Billy the Kid?
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A great solo outing on An Teallach with few others about.

When I got back to Inverness I went to the doctor and said to him-
"Doctor, I keep dreaming that I'm a mountain goat!"
He said -
"Has this been going on since you were a kid?"

:D :D :D
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Re: Helicopter, Goats & Litter on An Teallach

Postby Alteknacker » Fri Jun 14, 2019 10:42 am

Admirably succinct. Superb pics of AT - definitely a mountain to which the adjective "iconic" can be properly applied.

Strange conversation with your doctor.... :wink:
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Re: Helicopter, Goats & Litter on An Teallach

Postby EmmaKTunskeen » Tue Jun 18, 2019 4:43 pm

Alteknacker wrote:Admirably succinct. Superb pics of AT


Hear hear. Loved this :clap: Looks as though the helicopter was out for a lower leg injury. Dundonnell MRT and Coastguard heli.
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Re: Helicopter, Goats & Litter on An Teallach

Postby bar72 » Wed Jun 19, 2019 12:02 pm

Having just Compleated first round in May, I'm going to revisit all the summits I did in horrendous weather again. Fortunately, AT was one I was up in similar fine conditions that you've had. Some cracking photo's there
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Re: Helicopter, Goats & Litter on An Teallach

Postby Sunset tripper » Fri Jun 21, 2019 7:10 pm

Alteknacker wrote:Admirably succinct. Superb pics of AT - definitely a mountain to which the adjective "iconic" can be properly applied.

Strange conversation with your doctor.... :wink:


Cheers Alteknacker - maybe I should give up the jokes. :D

EmmaKTunskeen wrote:
Alteknacker wrote:Admirably succinct. Superb pics of AT


Hear hear. Loved this :clap: Looks as though the helicopter was out for a lower leg injury. Dundonnell MRT and Coastguard heli.


Thanks for your comments Emma. I had a feeling the helicopter was not on a training exercise. Hopefully not a serious injury.

bar72 wrote:Having just Compleated first round in May, I'm going to revisit all the summits I did in horrendous weather again. Fortunately, AT was one I was up in similar fine conditions that you've had. Some cracking photo's there

Thanks bar 72. I agree hills like An Teallach have to be seen in decent conditions. All the best with your revisits. :D
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Re: Helicopter, Goats & Litter on An Teallach

Postby HalfManHalfTitanium » Sat Jun 22, 2019 8:25 am

Brilliant photos - and the goat one is fantastic!

The painted stone in the summit cairn is a bit like a geocache. The activity is mostly done by children but some adults find it therapeutic to paint stones - it is popular with people with neurodiversity issues such as autism.

The idea is that you paint a stone and hide it, then someone finds it and takes it somewhere else. (They can also get in touch with you on Facebook, apparently - but my knowledge of Facebook is zero!

The stone's "travels" can also be on Facebook - a bit like the gnome in the film Amelie.

It is probably a craze that will die out soon. Last year every tree in my local woods had a "fairy door" at the bottom of it; they have all disappeared now.

Tim
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Re: Helicopter, Goats & Litter on An Teallach

Postby Sunset tripper » Mon Jun 24, 2019 11:18 pm

Cheers Tim. My knowledge of Facebook is probably similar to yours. Hadn't heard of that craze before, fairly harmless I guess. I will look out for more painted stones to liberate. :D
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