An Teallach


Something a bit more challenging, 11th June 2011.

The forecast was good for the north-west, at least until mid-afternoon, so we had a go at something much more difficult.

We took the 'easy' route up from Dundonnell, to reach Bidein a'Ghlas Thuill.  Lunch on top, admiring the fantastic views, and contemplating the next move - over to Sgurr Fiona.

A straightforward but careful walk down to the bealach, where we were surprised to see a herd of mountain goats moving up onto the ridge.

Then onto the slopes of Sgurr Fiona - we opted for the traverse across onto the west ridge, which has the advantage of not being too near to the big drops above the coire.  Still a couple of easy scrambles needed though, to reach the summit.  A second lunch stop, watching the clouds forming behind Corrag Bhuidhe.

For the return we opted for a descent into Coire Mor an Teallaich, a grassy corrie which allowed us to bypass rough ground and regain the ascent route.  Once on the descent path the heavens opened, but by then we didn't mind.

A fairly demanding day - probably at the top end of what we are likely to attempt.  About 8miles walking, with about 4300ft of ascent - and a total of 8.5 hours, of which at least 1hour was sitting eating sandwiches at summits!  Well done everyone!

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