Its so easy to take photos now, I am glad over the years I took plenty I use to carry two cameras now its so easy with your phone and the digital era. I am so glad as there are so many I have found recency that stir the memories. This was a great day where we carried some dog food up onto both summits of An Teallach and my dog Teallach had a meal on his last summit. That day we climbed both summits Sgur Fiona and Bidein a’ Ghlas Thuill a marvellous mountain. He had don the ridge before but we missed the tops as I wanted to do them separately and finish them on such a great summit but the weather was not good sadly at the time.
The journey to Sheneval
Cars fly by as you cross the road, to another world,
Then silence, the traitor’s gate.
The track wynds through the trees,
the river breaks the silence,
The glaciated slabs hide the cliffs, then:
Views of An Teallach open at every turn.
Midges and clegs abound here but not today,
too cold, its winter.
Cross the river, is that bridge in the wrong place?
Muddy and wet, back on track,
Steep hill, upwards towards the top,
the wee cairn, stop, no rush, drink it all in.
An Teallach. Snow plastered, familiar, foreboding.
Open moor, contour round and round, special views,
Every corrie on that great hill has a particular thought. Memories
Fisherfield, these great hills, the light changing, to the West
Youthful memories of companions, some now gone.
Epic days, trying to impress?
Pushing it and nearly, losing it?
Descent to Shenevall, steep, slippy and wet,
Eroded now by so many feet.
Collect some wood. The bothy, the deer,
they are still there; Sheneval.
It never changes, only the seasons.
Fire on, primeval.
Tea in hand,
alone with thoughts.
The Deer rattle the door, time for sleep.
Thanks to the MBA!
The Photo above was taken as I was on the main ridge and came across these flowers on the hill. It was a shock to see them as there had been a bad accident a few weeks before and had been left by a loved one in memory. The ridge on An Teallach is one that you have to concentrate in places and seeing these flowers makes you take even more care but I did stop and take a photo, the views are special like the hill. As we enter the third week of “Lock down” how we look back on great days.
The photo above was a wonderful day on the full traverse of the An Teallach and all the Munro tops a big day that few do. So many must miss the views from these summits as they only take in the Munros yet the tops add to an incredible day, its so well worth the effort. Pick a long day and savour it.