An Teallach or Liathach perhaps?
Hi ... I'm hoping someone might be able to point us in the right direction for a great ridge walk in June .... a couple of the group are perhaps less keen on the scrambling elements than others so, for a ridge much more demanding than Carn Mor Dearg, an alternative option might help (a couple of years ago, with help from this forum, we took the CMD arete up Ben Nevis which was the best walk we have done in 15 years of these weekends (usually Lake District) - it was gloriously sunny which helped of course )
Thanks ...... Simon.
PS We (7) tend to stay in bothy/bunkhouses that we can at least have a room/dorm to ourselves - so any guidance in that direction would be much appreciated too! But staying one night somewhere more basic / communal is fine if it's a good launching pad.
I agree with ALS, An Teallach you can by-pass the more difficult sections although there is still some exposure.
You could also consider Arran where again there is a bypass route on A'Chir Ridge or visit Rum with its craggy hills, nothing too scrambly though.
thanks AL/Lindsay .... Arran or An Teallach sound like my great options
Anyone have any suggestions of bunkhouses etc?
ALS - thanks for all your help
Just waiting to hear back from SailMhor to confirm booking etc. for the three nights (Thu/Fri/Sat).
More than happy to book Shenevall for one of the nights instead but I can't find much info on it, how do you get there, book it etc.?
We would plan on doing An Teallach on the Friday, so I guess it would make sense to stay at Shenevall on the Thursday night and SailMhor the next two nights.
Shenevall is an open, free bothy Simon. It's been many years since i used it, so someone else can give you an up to date report on its condition.
Good choice of ridge walk, btw. Cracking mountain!
Simon, Shenevall is a hit or miss afffair - it tends to get very busy in the Summer, as it is in reasonably nick, an easy walk in and a good base for some fantastic mountains. Some folk like bothies, others don't. Last time I camped nearby and met a guy who'd had his camera nicked from the bothy the previous night, which made me glad I'd camped. On the other hand if you like to stay up all night drinking and smoking exotic cheroots it is the place to be. If it was me, I'd stay at SailMhor all the time - less kit to carry, safer, pub, beautiful sunset over the water (you can get a boat trip out from one of the b&bs). And the walk in from Corrie Hallie is fantastic.
you've sold me on staying at SailMhor ALS!
As per othe thread sounds like walking clockwise from Corrie Hallie is the way to go - maybe leaving the second car at Dundonnel
I've only been there once, but we did a clockwise circuit from Corrie Hallie.
It's possible to make it a circuit - there's a descent route into Glas Tholl and then a rough, intermittent path heads down across the moor to reach the path marked on the OS 1:50k, descending by the waterfalls to the road, coming out less than 1km N of the Corrie Hallie parking layby.
I went down that way to collect a car while my mates continued north to descend on the path to Dundonell..... I got to the pub before them!
I've always done it as a circuit; look carefully to your right as you walk in and you'll see a wee bridge at NH10961 84441 which makes it easy to walk the fantastic stone pavement from about there to the Coir' a Ghiubsachain - either on your way in or out.
Two more thoughts Simon ..
1) Don't decide in advance which day of your trip to do the An Teallach - keep your eye on the weather and go for the best day. Plenty of other things to do nearby.
2) If you and your pals are into ridges, then Great British Ridge Walks is a great book, and will keep you going for a good few years. Bill Birkett is a great climber, great photographer and very good writer - a smashing book.
Climbed both last week, weather was shocking, The Pinnacles on Liathach are really worth a punt! on that hill you just can't believe the shear size of the place, it's Massive.
Only area worth going to in scotland in summer! Scotland is a winter must, scottish hills shrink into the ground and become lumps of green, grey, brown lumps of shit apart from the hills of Assynt and Wester Ross etc..
Thanks ALS - this book looks promising too http://www.amazon.co.uk/Scotlands-Mountain-Ridges-Scrambling-Mountaineering/dp/1852844698/ref=pd_sim_b_4/278-2498798-2176908
hopefully both are of interest to walkers, not just climbers.
I went with another group of friends last month in the High Atlas mountains - it was guided but we are used to crampons and ice axe arresting now - they are thinking of another foreign jaunt next year, but I want to pursuade them to go to Scotland.
Anyone (Nick?) any thoughts on some great winter walking which isn't too technical and doesn't require ropes etc ?
Back to the Atlas mountains and Mgoun Massif range in April is pretty good. Good winter walking can be found West of The Forest Lodge under Black Mount, just follow the river Orchy and pick a peak Ben Starva is very good Hill from the west. The High level route into Glen Coe is a walking must over a Plateau called Aonarch Mor (not the hill next to Nevis) but an area to the back of Stob Ghabhar.
Low level walks and coastal walks in Wester Ross can be very good you don't need to climb munro,s, just walk deep into the forest or along the coast. Just walking around Beinn Eighe to Coire Fhearchair under Ruadu stac mor is an awesome place.
Best bet is to look at the maps and find your routes had a great winter on The Old Man in the lakes by keeping away from the paths.
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Can only agree with Nick there - I'd strongly encourage folks to head off elsewhere.
Probably shouldn't even bother with the NW Highlands
Leaves more space for the rest of us
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