|The classic view of An Teallach|
Just catching up on my blog after four magic days in the hiils. At the weekend it was the fabulous NW Highlands. Monday and Tuesday, The Cairngorms.
SATURDAY 17 MARCH
The 'Beast from the East' made a return visit to our shores at the weekend. Heavy snowfall and high winds due to hit The Cairngorms. With this in mind Karen and I headed away to the NW Highlands for a couple of days. This area was to be the finest weather on Saturday and Sunday. Sunshine and dry conditions almost guaranteed. Just by chance some of the finest mountains are up that way. We had two nights in Dundonnell, base camp for An Teallach, the finest mountain on the planet!
|Windy at sea level!|
One of the easiest routes on An Teallach leaves direct from the village of Dundonnell on an easy angled path, up beside the Allt a' Mhuillin. It is usually boggy and wet in places. With the sub zero overnight temperatures all the bog was frozen solid. From about 700m onwards we were walking on fabulous frozen snow in the stream bed. Over a metre of snow in here.
|The Allt a ' Mhuillin|
|Ice falls on Glas Mheall Mor|
|The final slopes to Bidean a' Ghlas Thuill|
|The 'Dearg's' & The Fannichs from the summit|
|Sgurr Fiona and the Corrag Bhuidhe|
|Lovely light on the descent|
SUNDAY 18 MARCH
Another beautiful day in store. We had an easier day today but equally spectacular. An Teallach again, not the tops but a visit to the wonderful, spectacular and seldom visited Toll an Lochain, the main coire of An Teallach. Here lies a lonely lochan and for Karen a chance to swim in a stunning location.
|Loch Toll an Lochain & An Teallach|
|Alpine An Teallach!|
|Swimming in Loch Toll an Lochain|
MONDAY 19 MARCH
|Alpine conditions Fiacaill an Coire Sneacda|
It was just magical on the Fiacaill. Th ridge covered in snow and rime plastered rocks. It was an easy romp up.
|What a day!|
|Loch A'an in all it's glory|
|Cairn Gorm & Coire an t-Sneacda|
TUESDAY 20 MARCH
All things come to an end. The final day of cold, dry days and fabulous snow conditions. A big change to come on Wednesday with the dreaded Atlantic lows back on our shores. So today was a day to linger and soak up the views and sunshine once more.
|Cairn Toul - Braeriach plateau from Ben Macdui|
|Full snow cover on the plateau|
|Cairn Toul & Sgor an Lochan Uaine|
|Coire an Lochain|
|Male ptarmigan, Spring plumage visible|
|Climbers on the Fiacaill in afternoon sun|
|Coire an t-Sneachda & Coire an Lochain in the sun|