An Teallach is a complex mountain massif, with ten distinct summits over 3,000 feet (914.4 m). From 1891 to 1981, only the highest of these, Bidean a’ Ghlas Thuill, had the status of a Munro – a separate mountain over 3,000 feet. In 1981 the SMC granted Munro status to Sgùrr Fiona, in recognition of its considerable topographic prominence (150 m) and distinct nature.] The complete list of Munros and Tops (subsidiary summits appearing on Munros is now as follows:]
- Bidean a’ Ghlas Thuill 1062 m (3484 ft)
- Glas Mheall Mòr 979 m (3212 ft)
- Glas Mheall Liath 960 m (3150 ft)
- Sgùrr Fiona 1060 m (3478 ft)
- Corrag Bhuidhe 1040 m (3412 ft)
- Lord Berkeley’s Seat 1030 m (3379 ft)
- Sgurr Creag an Eich 1017 m (3337 ft)
- Stob Cadha Gobhlach 960 m (3150 ft)
- Sàil Liath 954 m (3130 ft)
- Corrag Bhuidhe Buttress 945 m (3100 ft) – deleted from Munro’s Tables in 1997
- Climb all these tops and tell me how incredible this mountain is. The views will be spectacular as will the scenery of this wild place. Get to summit in the summer and if lucky watch the sunset set over the hills.
In the RAF Mountain Team nowadays we wear a helmet when scrambling and I think it is a good idea as you never know what can fall on you. It can be an especially on a busy a mountain which in winter can become a huge expedition under heavy snow. Never take this mountain lightly is can be a serious proposition and the navigation can be tricky and if you get it wrong at the least you may have a long walk out.The pinnacles are great fun and the sandstone so rounded at times and weathered takes care, especially when as it can be have the sandy gravel on the ledges, take care with your feet and test the holds. The exposure will keep you aware but newer walkers may find this intimidating so it is well worth while using the easier parts of the ridge to gain experience and familiarity with the rock and terrain. The hard parts on the ridge can be avoided as there are paths that cut below the ridge but again these can be tricky and care is needed. As always when descending take your time and a short rope may be handy for those who need a bit of confidence. It is hard to believe that in my youth I would run along this ridge not nowadays. It was always a great place to teach the newer team member’s some basic rope skills at times and get used to moving together especially on a wild day in the rain and wind.
An Teallach – Toll a Choire Lochan
No partner ,
A bony day, head for the North West.
It is best.
Cross the river,
No path, pick a line up quartzite slabs.
Blue skies, no wind, frozen ground.
In the Glen that few visit.
All rushing for a summit or a route.
Now sandstone slabs.
Pebbled and glaciated, the odd cairn.
Views of snow covered cliffs, frozen loch,
No words for this beauty.
Toll an Lochain.
2013 April Heavy Whalley