Our blog - An Teallach, Jul'17

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An Teallach and Suilven

5-6 July 2017
A couple of bespoke guided days, hiking and scrambling over the An Teallach Ridge and Suilven in Scotland's North West Highlands. Emma was leading, here's her tale...

Day 1 - An Teallach

David and I met at Corrie Hallie for a warm, windless walk up the Shenavall path to the foot of Sail Liath. The climb is steep and bouldery, and afforded an ever increasing panorama to the mountains of the Fisherfield Forest. On the summit of the first top we were greeted by a family of wild goats, we estimate there were about 20 in total. After some sustenance we walked across to Stob Cadha Ghoblach admiring the view to Toll an Lochain below and lunched just below the Corrag Buidhe buttress on some Torridonian sandstone slabs.

The direct route up the buttress is graded a moderate rock climb, and we chose the steep scramble to the west as our route onto the first pinnacle. We thoroughly savoured the traverse of the 3 pinnacles, there wasn't a breathe of wind on the ridge and the views couldn't have been better, we even had it all to ourselves! The scramble to Lord Berkley's seat followed, which looked even more dramatic from the other side as we climbed up to the first Munro, Sgurr Fiona. We met a number of parties who had climbed up from Dundonnell as we walked across to Bidein a Ghlas Thuill. After enjoying looking back along the ridge we descended into the corrie below for an enjoyable walk out along the Garbh Allt to the roadside near Corrie Hallie. What an incredible day!

Day 2 - Suilven

The forecast wasn't quite as promising today for Suilven. The approach from Glencanisp Lodge is very scenic, passing several lochs on an undulating route through the Lewisian Gniess bedrock. We passed a team repairing the track, and thoroughly enjoyed walking on the first completed section of the new footpath which approaches Bealach Mor.

The mist was shrouding the main ridge but we did get a view from the bealach, and some glimpses across to Cul Mor, Cul Beag and Stac Pollaidh as we headed up to the summit. The vegetation is recovering well after the May fire on the south side of the mountain, the fire extended all the way from the base of the mountain to the summit ridge and appeared to have been stopped by the footpaths as it did not jump across these. Lunch on the summit followed before following the ridge to Meall Mheadonach.

Unfortunately thick mist enveloped us for the rest of journey and the wind picked up. We scrambled up some tricky sections just below the summit and then headed back for the descent to the south. As soon as we dropped out of the mist we enjoyed the views of the Assynt landscape all the way back to Inverkirkaig. The mist even lifted on a couple of occasions to allow us to enjoy the views back to the Suilven ridge too.

More photos by Emma are here on Flickr.

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