|The A'Chioch Ridge|
The next morning I decided to chance a drive round to Dundonell with the idea of a winter traverse of An Teallach. An Teallach is one of the finest mountains in Scotland and I hoped that given its greater height combined with a colder air temp forecast I would find better conditions than I had the previous day. I sat in a lay-by for about half an hour to see if the brief spell of good weather that was forecast would prevail as the nights showers had so far continued into the morning. It began to look like my luck had held and I finished my journey down to Collie Hallie.
I left the car about 0945 and headed up the track. At the top of the pass the view was superb with blue skies and a distinct snow line on the mountains of fisherfield, although An teallach itself was still in cloud. Leaving the Shenavall track I headed up Sail Liath, the snow on which was in great condition. As I reached the top the massif ahead of me began to clear and it looked impressive to say the least. The sheer volume of snow combined with its good condition and then also considering there were no tracks, made conditions for a traverse perfect, even the window of weather that was forecast for midday to mid afternoon was punctual.
|Ben Dearg Mor|
|The ridge up to the pinnacles|
|Another climber on the crest with Sail Liath behind|
|On the ridge with the Munro's behind|
After we passed the first Munro summit, the weather seemed to close in and we were battered with strong gusts and spindrift. It seemed like it would be in for the remainder of the day but to both our surprise and relief it passed through as quick as it had come in although the remaining wind was certainly stronger than it had been earlier. We carried on over the next Munro and could see another pair of climbers far behind us on at the start of the pinnacles. They had left it very late but should have been fine provided they moved at a decent speed although finishing in the dark would be almost inevitable.
|Part of the crest|
|A photo opportunity that couldn't be missed!|