When I get back I have a date with this superb mountain An Teallach which a good freind has left for his last Munro’s. Brent will chose a good day before the winter to savour this majestic mountain. The complete traverse in including all the tops and ridges make this some day, especially the outlying ridges that not many go to on their quest for Munro’s. How I love this hill, with its shattered rock, huge corries and ridges. It is a hard won summit and one has to take care if you go along the crest but what rewards one gets. Then you may be lucky enough to see some goats on the ridge, you will smell them before you see them. How nimble they are on a scary ridge?
In the winter it is a different place a long walk in and then a gully onto the ridge then an icy walk across the ridge along day. In great weather a classic mountain with never to many crowds on it. The distance from the cities help to keep this mountain a jewel in winter. On a short winters day you have to move fast and enjoy the amazing sunsets as you come off the ridge. It makes up for the tiredness at the end of the day and the steep descent. Role on winter?
I remember many years ago watching a film on television, the BBC I think, which recreated an epic rescue on An Teallach, where Tom Patey whilst based in Ullapool tried to assist two climbers who got into difficulties on a winter traverse. The name of the film has long gone from my memory, but even although parts of it were filmed all over the Highlands, including Glencoe, and so wasn’t true in a geographical sense, it captured the atmosphere and the combined beauty and seriousness of a winter trip to a mountain such as An Teallach.
Yes Hamish showed it at the 2001 Fort William Festival it was great, I will do a bit on it a great story very sad though.
A quick bit of research online identified the docu-drama as “Duel with An Teallach”, the actual events are covered in the book “The Black Cloud”.
Yes mate I saw it again at the Fort William Mountain Festival – really good, some story!