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Smoking quantity on Beinn Teallach

Smoking quantity on Beinn Teallach


Postby kevsbald » Sat Feb 19, 2011 10:58 am

Route description: Beinn a'Chaorainn and Beinn Teallach

Munros included on this walk: Beinn a'Chaorainn (Glen Spean), Beinn Teallach

Date walked: 17/02/2011

Time taken: 5 hours

Distance: 14 km

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I had recently acquired an iPhone with technology designed to enhance my life - so seductive. Not only did it have an iPod built in but it had memory map so I could see where I was on the hill. As a total technophobe, this was all new to me. I had taken the Thursday off work (always a nice day) and after leaving the fog of Central Scotland, I emerged into a beautiful world in Glen Spean. This wee walk looked very promising and I felt nice and relaxed as I made good height. Beinn a Chaorainn lay ahead - the route was obvious, hugging the rocks rather than going up the uniform coire face. A good two hours in and I was at the South summit, looking over towards outstanding views of Creag Meagaidh and the massive cornices of my own hill. I was careful not to stray too near though something did draw me near. As I walked on, I just felt a sense of tranquility settle over me. There was nobody else on the hill, it was mine for the day. I headed down towards the bealach and found the cairn to sit beside for a moment. At this point, I played Davyan Cowboy and Smokes Quantity from Boards of Canada, while the wind blew. It was a lovely moment. I then began the ascent on to Beinn Teallach - while lower in stature than its neighbour, I enjoyed the amble up towards the summit. Then, a funny thing happened. As I walked towards the summit cairn, a crow flew down and nestled on it, eyeing me with interest. I said "hello bird" and it crawed back at me. I then took a photo of it just as it took off and bade it goodbye. I had my lunch, left a wee bit for it and returned to the car. This is what it's about.
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The south coire face of Beinn a Chaorainn
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BIIIIIIIG cornices
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Over to Meagaidh
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Over to Teallach
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As the crow flies...
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Loch Trieg shines bright
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Re: Smoking quantity on Beinn Teallach

Postby gammy leg walker » Sat Feb 19, 2011 11:43 am

Nice wee report kev.
Some brilliant blue skys and views also.
Did this same round last sat with stretch where our views did not match yours
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nice view
:lol:
Not as peaceful at the top as you had,bit of a climbing convention
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stretch and climbing convention
:lol: :lol:
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Re: Smoking quantity on Beinn Teallach

Postby davgil » Sat Feb 19, 2011 3:30 pm

Nice report kevsbald.

Sounds like a great day and always a bonus when you get the whole mountain to yourself.

Love those cornices too.

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Re: Smoking quantity on Beinn Teallach

Postby LeithySuburbs » Sat Feb 19, 2011 6:03 pm

Looks a good winter duo and some nice weather to go with it 8) .
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Re: Smoking quantity on Beinn Teallach

Postby malky_c » Sat Feb 19, 2011 6:05 pm

Like those cornices on Beinn a Chaorainn. They look properly massive 8)
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Re: Smoking quantity on Beinn Teallach

Postby Stretch » Sat Feb 19, 2011 6:32 pm

So thaaaat's what it looks like from up there. Nice! I found the first hill to be a slog and a half, but enjoyed these despite the lack of views. Did you finish the beef jerky already Kev? I'm home in Tennessee right now - my gran's funeral was this week and yesterday I picked up some sweet BBQ flavor jerky for myself to use on the hills when I get back. Tasty stuff!
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Re: Smoking quantity on Beinn Teallach

Postby kevsbald » Sat Feb 19, 2011 7:10 pm

Stretch,

sorry to hear about your gran's passing. I offer my condolences.
Jerky all finished yesterday. Many thanks.

Yup, as GammyLegWalker and you have noted, i seemed to have a better weather day. Thursdays!
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Re: Smoking quantity on Beinn Teallach

Postby Graeme D » Sat Feb 19, 2011 10:47 pm

Sorry to hear about your gran Stretch.

Kev, you weren't kidding about those cornices eh? They're MASSIVE!!!

Like the Loch Treig shot too - what I've have given to be up on the Easians that day. :lol:
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Re: Smoking quantity on Beinn Teallach

Postby doogz » Sat Feb 19, 2011 11:03 pm

There is a story of a guy walked over the cornices in your photo.........thwooooop!!!?....straight thru
When his wife called MR she feared the worst...

Fortunately the snow was so loaded once he went through he picked up the contour which fed him out the bottom of the slope,.....ALIvE :shock:

Great stuff mate...lovely photos

I had to keep well clear in about 3 m total visibility from south top to summit.....we abandoned there due to rapid deterioration in conditions so had to get back same way ..... :?

Was going to go there tomorrow but everyone has cancelled.......not going myself :(
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Re: Smoking quantity on Beinn Teallach

Postby yokehead » Sun Feb 20, 2011 6:10 pm

Nice, very nice. You got the weather and great views like me and just a few others. :D Us lucky people being out that day....
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Re: Smoking quantity on Beinn Teallach

Postby dooterbang » Sun Feb 20, 2011 6:30 pm

Dayvan Cowboy is awesome :) I've used this for a previous walking slideshow.

Nice rport and photos, fab choice of music.
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Re: Smoking quantity on Beinn Teallach

Postby kevsbald » Mon Feb 21, 2011 8:52 am

Dooterbang, if you like the BoC, check out Jon Hopkins (Opalescent) and Helios (Eingya) - lush.
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Re: Smoking quantity on Beinn Teallach

Postby kinley » Mon Feb 21, 2011 8:11 pm

It's the Curse of Thursday reports for all us Mon-Fri bods.

Still - will remember to precipitate some Public Health crisis the next sunny thursday :lol:

Lovely, lovely looking day.

Your bird will have been a raven - wondering if your lunch (or your eyeballs) could be separated from you safely ;)
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