This all seems quite easy as I type this below my now more familiar framed picture of An Teallach the Holy Grail. Do you have the skills to take it on? New Topic Reply to Topic. It really doesn’t get much better than this. But opting out of some of these cookies may have an effect on your browsing experience. We also use third-party cookies that help us analyze and understand how you use this website. We both met on the other side and took a couple of minutes rest before beginning to the walk to Beinn Tarsuinn's summit. INSURANCE, Courses, workshops and lectures with the BMC in 2020, Hillwalking A to Z of equipment and skills, Club support: webinar programme for officers, leaders and volunteers, UK Sport funds GB Climbing to uncover the champions of tomorrow, Call to check avalanche transceivers as potential issue reported, Information: BMC Travel Insurance purchased before 6pm on 11 March 2020. We will have to defer on that one, hopefully we will return one year for the full An Teallach experience including those views & pinnacles (or the high bypass path) and maybe, just maybe try a leg dangle on Lord Berkeleys Seat. Slowly I climbed up to the top of this northern most top of An Teallach picking my own way up the interminably steep stone-covered hill. We backtracked to the field and were able to get back onto the road without having to cross the river. I last ascended An Teallach via this track in October 2013 with several more friends from the Moray Mountaineering Club. The path to tenalach. Both of the above routes, however, miss out the central section, for which An Teallach is best known. Red-throated divers were calling from Lochan na Brathan, adding an edge to the wild feeling of this area. The pinnacles involve some confident scrambling but compared to the bypass path they’re probably the lesser of two evils. walking and mountaineering are activities with a danger of personal injury or death. Munro’s: Aonach Beag (Nevis Range), Aonach Mor, Carn Mor Dearg, Sgurr Choinnich Mor, Stob Ban (Grey Corries), Stob Choire Claurigh, Stob Coire an Laoigh Glasgow West End: Hill climbing diary by Helen Rose: An Teallach. There may have been a bypass route but I just dropped my legs over the edge and jumped down without any real drama. Arkle - Foinaven / Integral Traverse Suilven / East - West Traverse Ben Nevis via Carn Mor Dearg Arete Liathach / East - West Traverse Great Ridge of Beinn Eighe An Teallach by Loch Toll An Lochan Glenshiel Saddle by Forcan Ridge The Five Sisters of Kintail Click pictures for larger images An Teallach is a bit of an icon and on a clear day the view of it from the A832 is superb. We were trapped somehow between the bushes and the river. On the crest above, rounded sandstone gives way to angular quartzite blocks, giving rough walking to the top of Stuc a’ Choire Bhig. The rough path continues along a rocky ridge to Sgurr Fiona, the second munro at 1060m. He is suitably waterproofed up and we have a good chat about the weather, the Pinnacles and all things Munro like. “The hotel does good food and amazing coffee – not to mention a locally brewed beer named after An Teallach – but you do have the problem of getting back to your car afterwards.". A route reaching the summits from the south starts from near Corrie Hallie. mountaineers, including ski-mountaineers. The An Teallach Traverse located just outside Mordor. Parallel to Lochan na Brathan, we peeled off the trail and hit the open hillside. ... We opted to bypass Glas Mheall Mor with Bidein a’Ghlas Thuill being our first target of the day. Read more ». Between the Bad Step and Lord Berkeley’s Seat is the sharpest point of this spiky ridge – a series of pinnacles whittled out of Torridonian sandstone that give around 600 metres of heady scrambling. Great information in your post. Necessary cookies are absolutely essential for the website to function properly. able to get along; agreeable dispassionate (adj.) This website uses cookies to improve your experience. responsible for their own actions. Attendees - Me, JohnK, Kathy and Tsmart Time: 7hrs 15 mins. Read more », Striding Edge is a classic Grade 1 scramble in the Lake District - and if you’re looking to make your first foray into scrambling territory then it’s the perfect place to start. The main alternative is to drop off Bidein a’ Ghlas Thuill in the direction of Glas Tholl corrie, where you can pick up a path that runs down the burn and emerges on the road close to the parking at Corrie Hallie. A nice ridgewalk followed leading to the foot of Sgurr Ban.The second summit of the day proved to be quite a challenge, while not extremely steep, it was one big boulder field, many of which were large or unstable, and again no sign of a path of any forms. An Teallach was above, but we would only see glimpses of it's spectacular ridges along the way. The day before my boyfriend James and I climbed An Teallach we were ‘compleating’ our Black Cuillin Munros on the Isle of Skye under the expert guiding of Adrian Trendall. We made an early morning start for the long journey north, stopping as usual at Tesco in Inverness for breakfast and fuel. The result was a mixture of single day and multi-day Tours in the most magnificent mountainous setting. Instead, Paul recommends you rope up and approach it directly. This was the experience of a lifetime – I relished in the planning of 95 Munro bagging routes. Would you like to login to post your comment? An Teallach An Teallach classic traverse, 31 August 2020 A blog post from one of our mountain adventures in the Scottish hills and mountains. It was less than a kilometre to walk back to the car to finish. It is mandatory to procure user consent prior to running these cookies on your website. I hope you get the chance to hike An Teallach in similar conditions later this year. In hindsight it might have been better to have crossed the river earlier and approached the road on the east side of the river. There are three Scottish ridges that vie for the title of ‘Best scramble in mainland Britain’: Liathach, Aonach Eagach and An Teallach. This path is eroded in some places and should not be regarded as an easy option. Many of our Munro walks happen to use parts of this iconic long distance route. Arkle - Foinaven / Integral Traverse Suilven / East - West Traverse Ben Nevis via Carn Mor Dearg Arete Liathach / East - West Traverse Great Ridge of Beinn Eighe An Teallach by Loch Toll An Lochan Glenshiel Saddle by Forcan Ridge The Five Sisters of Kintail It is a large wedge of red sandstone and its sharp tops make it an awe inspiring sight. The day wasn’t over for us as we headed back on the Cape Wrath Trail in the direction of Shenavall bothy, ready to walk the Fisherfield Munros. But what counts here is the number of AS hops, not the length of the text representation. We followed a path steeply down, before rising up again, bypassing to the left of another pinnacle. ... Bhuide pinnacles is a serious and technical one, but one which rewards the intrepid with some magnificent scrambling. Fionn Loch seen from the edge of the Beinn Lair cliffs. The vast wilderness of Fisherfield Forest. Then here’s what you need to know to tackle this epic mountain challenge. An Teallach 9hrs Wet,windy,showery ,low cloud then slight improvement. At a smidgen over 1060m, Bidein a'Ghlas Thuill is the taller of An Teallach's two Munros and the views in all directions were worth every single metre of exertion in getting up there, hell they were even worth a potential layby violation ! The grippiness of Torridonian sandstone makes An Teallach more approachable in wet conditions than some other scrambles of the same grade, but winter is a complete game changer. This website uses cookies to improve your experience while you navigate through the website. There's some good YouTube videos that will give you an idea of the exposure. Here's the route. An Teallach has many ridges, spurs and 'Munro Tops'. An Teallach has many ridges, spurs and 'Munro Tops'. We descended our final Cuillin Munro, Sgurr Alasdair, and said goodbye to Adrian. The path with next hop 3.3.3.3 looks to be the shortest, but that’s only because on AS number in the path is a three-digit number, while the paths with next hops 2.2.2.2 and 5.5.5.5 have AS paths with four-digit AS numbers. 9301 The summit of Beinn Tarsuinn marked the ‘halfway point’ of the hike. unaffected by emotion or It was only right that we stopped to enjoy lunch on a grassy platform with stunning views. Welcome to my hillwalking diary again. After the 954m summit of Sail Liath, there’s a brief stretch of airy walking with fabulous views on towards the ridge before your path is suddenly blocked by the Bad Step. Two young chaps. Once on the top of Sail Liath you get the first sight of An Teallach's Corrag Buidhe crest and impressive the steep coire which plunges from the spires, Toll an Lochain. Is it the best mountain in Britain? Alternatively you can take the bypass path which is straightforward. It was deliciously shady in the bowl of the valley and it was such a relief after a warm day. There is a great photo of me, my dad, my sister, and Bendicks the springer spaniel standing proudly on the summit of Bidein a' Ghlas Thuill with the pinnacles in the background. follow the satlkers path from corrie halle towards kinlochewe look for a cairn on your left to go to sail liath and follow the path up and over. you can avoid the pinnacles on a path below and an easy path up. Aristotle Chip: 23/08/2016: KeithByTheC: 17/08/2015: An Teallach hill race, from Dundonnell: CraigW: 11/07/2015 “To experience An Teallach at its best, you have to make an effort to stay on the crest and go off the front of each little sandstone pinnacle.”. Outdoor Writer, Speaker & Explorer of Wild Places. Required fields are marked *. What serious hill walker could resist those jagged sandstone pinnacles, particularly with the two tickable Munros waiting at the end? Fabulous. An Teallach means 'The Anvil' or 'The Forge' in Scottish Gaelic; ... One may either scramble over them directly (including the crossing of Lord Berkley's Seat), or take the bypass path on the southwest side. When the Dundonnell Mountain Rescue Team is called out to An Teallach, it’s almost always because scramblers have come unstuck in this extremely exposed spot. Read more about the Covid-travel FAQs here, This article has been read This track was in fact the Cape Wrath Trail. PATH strictly prohibits discrimination and all forms of harassment based on legally protected status, including sexual harassment. 1060 metre Sgurr Fiona is quickly followed by Bidein a’ Ghlas Thuill – at 1062 metres the high point of the day. There is a well defined path all the way over, the only slight problem I experiend was just after leaving Ben More the path comes to an abrupt halt where you require to drop down about 7 or 8 feet. Hills: An Teallach (Sgurr Fiona & Bidean a Ghlas Thuill) Date: Saturday 28th April Weather - Sun sun and more sun. “It’s a huge day out. It took us a l-o-n-g- time to climb An Teallach from Dundonnell, without the add-ons (which R wanted to do, but on the day his knee was very painful). We used the bypass path around Meall Garbh before ascending over terrain which was less sandy and more grassy with small rocks up Beinn Tarsuinn. Assuming I find the bypass path would it be possible to perhaps occasionally divert up to the actual ridge and pinnacles if I see an easy way up? “The whole face of An Teallach is undercut at this point, so this exposure is massive,” says Paul. Adventurer Nic walked this route on Saturday 21st September 2019 as part of her Munro Bagging Challenge. We emerged onto the high moorland, where a cairn marked the high point of the track. Walking | An Teallach, Dundonnell | Summary:This fabled mountain is perhaps the most impressive in Britain, and gives a day of drama and views that will live in the memory forever. These were Munro numbers 228 and 229 of 282 for Nic. This path is eroded in some places and should not be regarded as an easy option. Thank you so much for the lovely feedback Richard, I’m happy you enjoyed it, Your email address will not be published. The sun was coming out too, but the Fisherfield peaks were still caught underneath heavy cloud. Peak District Grit: now ready to show you the way! With a small group of my regular hillwalking chums,I set out to 'bag' the mighty An Teallach in North West Scotland which some would argue is the finest peak in Scotland. We had a much longer lunch break than we normally allowed ourselves. A short skip and a … Adventurer Nic is a Munroist and ‘compleated’ the list over a six month period in 2019. The wind was quite strong but we picked our way along, over and around the pinnacles so that we could make the most of our time on the ridge. We’d been moving for exactly six hours. It’s a pity we were mainly forced along the side bypass path rather than enjoying views on top. Another day maybe when concentration levels don’t need to be as high. If you start asking people who know An Teallach about it, you’ll start to hear the same things repeated again and again. We played tag on the way up with a guy who was carrying a para glider. Arguably the most dramatic and beautiful mountain on the UK mainland, An Teallach can be found south west of the village of Dundonnell in the far north west of the Highlands. We nicknamed these Munros ‘Slurry Fiona’ and ‘Bidding on a Glass of Fuel’. A day aiming along An Teallach's classic ridge traverse and up the two Munro summits of Sgurr Fiona and Bidean a'Ghlas Thuill. An Teallach It’s another one where the full traverse calls for a head for heights and scrambling experience but there are bypass paths around the pinnacles to ease the route for those less confident and it’s also possible to climb the two peaks for incredible views without including the more challenging scrambling. He recommends parking at Corrie Hallie and starting with an ascent of Sail Liath, leaving the two Munros to the end. Instead, we secured one of the last spaces in a smaller car park slightly further south. The path trends right below this to reach a point on the skyline overlooking Coire Dubh Mor. The pure beauty of the scene demanded it. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. After seeing multiple other hillwalkers all day, we were surprised to find ourselves alone on the summit. “This section isn’t as technical as the one before it, but many people will still appreciate a rope for the exposure. An Teallach was above, but we would only see glimpses of it's spectacular ridges along the way. “There are two shortish pitches here that can be tackled and protected using a basic scramblers rack,” he says. Photo by Paul Tattersall, Working for climbers, hill walkers & mountaineers, © Standing proud at 1,058m tall, the Munro summit of Sgurr Fiona is marked by a cairn. No time for that now because I am enjoying the rocks but this is slowing me down. Here, we take a look at the know-how you’ll need to tackle this epic mountain day. Two back-to-back days on the Black Cuillin had sent my legs to jelly and my shot my nerves, so tackling some grade 3 scrambling without a rope seemed a foolish option to take. This, like most of An Teallach’s challenges, can be avoided by banking left – but where would be the fun in that? We had a great vantage point from which we could watch people descending the mountain in front of us. The pinnacles of An Teallach require a lot of down climbing. We are always anxious passing cattle after a friend was trampled by a herd in North Wales only last year. Read more », Glen Coe's Aonach Eagach ridge is the most legendary Grade 2 scramble in Scotland. An Teallach Traverse, The Great Wilderness, Northwest Highlands of Scotland. This path is eroded in some places and should not be regarded as an easy option. The Summits of An Teallach We made our way up to the summit of Sgurr Fiona from the bypass path. Initially, we aimed for the Corrie Hallie car park, but this was a sunny Saturday so it was already full. Your email address will not be published. This is the bypass option which cuts out the grade 3 scrambling over the pinnacles. An interesting walk in an area of outstanding scenery just north of Ullapool. All of our policies include the following Coronavirus cover: Please be aware that there is no cover for cancellation, curtailment, delays or journey disruption in any way caused by or resulting from coronavirus / Covid-19. However I am soon on the lower path which is a good path and takes me all the way to Sgurr Fiona. A path offers less technical ground to bypass this route, but if you take it, watch your footing. If in doubt, start at the crack of dawn to avoid getting benighted. We followed intermittent faint paths and generally stuck to a north west bearing, leading onto the ridge – first walking over 954m Sail Liath and then 960m Stobh Cadha Gobhlach. Robert had always wanted complete the full traverse of An Teallach via the Corrag Buidhe pinnacles. Any cookies that may not be particularly necessary for the website to function and is used specifically to collect user personal data via analytics, ads, other embedded contents are termed as non-necessary cookies. The full traverse is a magnificent scramble, whilst the two Munros can be reached by an easier there-and-back route.Terrain:Steep rocky mountain terrain (boggy lower down). We were treated to a lovely view of An Teallach as we glanced up to the right. He certainly couldn’t have chosen a more scenic spot. The bypass runs to the left of the pinnacles and we enjoyed beautiful views of the Fisherfield Munros from the trail. The ridge soon rose back up again and led us onto the second Munro summit – Bidein a’Ghlas Thuill – the bigger of the two Munros. The sandstone can be blocky and fractured, sometimes liable to break off due to natural weathering processes. A short distance below the 919m top we stopped for our first break of the day. Participants in these activities should be aware of and accept these risks and be the crux of An Teallach is the Corrag Bhuidhe buttress and specifically getting on to it. A path branches off right leading to Shenavall bothy and we followed this for a short way before diverting right on rough ground, crossing giant slabs on the way to the base of Sail Liath, An Teallach’s southernmost top. You’re very welcome. This is the really fun bit. The coverage of paths is applicable if the system behaviour is described with the aid of decision points and paths. times, This thrilling Grade 1 scramble in Snowdonia is one of the country’s most popular ridges - so what does it take to tackle Crib Goch? And when it forked we somewhat reluctantly took the left option. Here, she explains how you can bag these Munros too. Sail Liath looking back to the Fisherfield Forest : We set off on a glorious morning at Corrie Hallie. Website designed by. 60091 An Teallach approaches Tredington with the 6V07 13:21 Round Oak to Margam steel empties on 13 February 2008, with some unprintable comments written in the bodyside dirt! It's an easy walk with a reasonable path to the first of our summits today. BMC travel insurance comes in five policies: Travel, Trek, Rock, Alpine and Ski and High Altitude. Unlike some other classic ridge scrambles, though, most of the difficulties are avoidable. 2. 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