Sunday, 30 March 2014


Ian enjoying the amazing scenery in Hayfork Gully
Hayfork Gully is well hidden until you get right under it
Only half way up and it just gets better and better
Ian at the top
What a view at the top of the route
Down North Gully?
The Corrg Bhuidhe Pinnacles and Sgurr Fiona of An Teallach from Bidean a' Ghlas Thuill Munro
And a rare one of me (photo thanks to Ian Herd)

My favourite mountain has been sizzling in the NW heat wave this last week with some of the finest weather all winter in this part of the Highlands. So before the winter warmth finishes this season off Ian and I headed over to An Teallach to climb the classic big 300m Hayfork Gully. I've wanted to climb this grade I line for some time and with the settled snow conditions and no cornice problems we had a fantastic day  of mountaineering in some of the finest scenery you could wish for. The snow was variable from soft to spring snow to some firm sections and around two thirds the way up a small crevasse! From here the final section steepens up to well over 50 degrees so getting on to serious ground. The view at the top of the main face of An Teallach is stunning and then a short stroll to the Munro summit of Bidean a' Ghlas Thuill for the classic view.  A superb day out, we saw no one all day! More settled weather conditions this week with light winds but temperatures starting to stay on the mild side. Plenty of snow in the corries still, winter here if you want it!

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