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Pathway To Ruin

By hwatt  
An Teallach, Dundonnell, Scotland.
The climb up An Teallach is fairly arduous and not terribly exciting lasting the best part of 4 hours. The first bit being relatively flat and enclosed in a boggy valley. It is only in the last few yards that you get some inkling of the reward for the effort you put in. Frankly it will blow you away, your jaw will drop to the floor and you will be rendered completely speechless. The view is in my humble opinion the finest in Scotland. On this occasion I camped at the top, took advantage of the sunset and was spellbound at sunrise. Pity I forgot me matches and couldn't have a brew at the top.

Pentax 67 II ,55-100 zoom,Fujichrome Velvia
F22 at 2 sec, 0.6ND grad across serrated skyline moved during exposure to further soften division line

Tags: Sunset Scotland Colour Red View Mountain Scenic Summit West coast Landscape and travel An teallach Dundonnell

Voters: markymook, GrahamNobles, Jat_Riski and 57 more

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markymook 12 6 United Kingdom
13 Aug 2008 2:35PM
A real stunning shot......great location.
jdenman 12 19 5 Spain
13 Aug 2008 2:49PM
That certainly is a fantastic view, great information. May just have to get there myself with my tent, and some matches.
NEWMANP 13 1.6k 574 United Kingdom
13 Aug 2008 2:54PM
Just magical, the light is to die for
jogafoto 13 1 United Kingdom
13 Aug 2008 2:59PM
Angi_Wallace 13 310 11 United Kingdom
13 Aug 2008 3:04PM
Oh I am so jealous, Ive not walked up this one but may have to one day after seeing this stunning rugged landscape. My type of place. Well done on getting there with such a full backpack too - makes it so much harder carrying all that weight, but worth it I'm sure. Post more please, lol. Angi
SandraKay Plus
14 233 4 United Kingdom
13 Aug 2008 3:11PM
An awe-inspiring view with superb light. I love the reflection of the rays on the rocks.
MalcolmM Plus
15 1.7k 5 Scotland
13 Aug 2008 3:12PM
Superb landscape/mountain image, & great description.
Guillaume 14 119 2 United Kingdom
13 Aug 2008 3:27PM
Wow, stunning shot.
SWFitz 14
13 Aug 2008 3:31PM
cracking light!
porty2003 17 97 Scotland
13 Aug 2008 3:39PM
Thats a magnificent view and a magnificent photo.
gcarth Plus
17 3.9k 1 United Kingdom
13 Aug 2008 4:09PM
Lovely depth and nicely lit foreground.

mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.8k 2408 United Kingdom
13 Aug 2008 4:37PM
Fabulous contrasts in the light, that distant mist looks icy cold.
IanFlindt 16 740 21 United Kingdom
13 Aug 2008 4:38PM
A magnificent, large, beautifully detailed landscape, Ian. I love the light reflecting off the foreground rock and the midground peak. I can see why you hold this view in such high regard: the distance, the sense of infinity, the impression that the peaks go on forever - a remarkable scene.
JohnParminter 14 1.3k 14 England
13 Aug 2008 5:06PM
Excellent Ian, a real beauty of a mountain image. I had every intention to climb the two munros on An Teallach last weekend but the weather forcast put paid to that, still on my radar to do especially seeing it like this.
User_Removed 14 11 11 United Kingdom
13 Aug 2008 5:10PM

Chris C
ketch 13 770 50 Turks And Caicos Islands
13 Aug 2008 5:10PM
Superb geological colours - a veritable feast for the eyes.

Cormy 13 3 England
13 Aug 2008 5:18PM
What wonderful light,superb image.
alansnap 17 577 26 United Kingdom
13 Aug 2008 5:54PM
Wow, now I'm frustrated and jealous. Last time I saw that mountain - I couldn't see it, the rain was sheeting down. This is a fabulous view. Well done.

BERTRAM 13 United Kingdom
13 Aug 2008 5:57PM
A brilliant landscape shot.
13 Aug 2008 6:07PM
This wonderful sight of the Anvil would have warmed the cockles of your Heart anyway my friend. Tremendous image and one of the rewards on your glorious website.

ck_canada 14 1 Canada
13 Aug 2008 6:18PM
Magnificent shot!
dmhuynh72 13 44 3 United Kingdom
13 Aug 2008 6:27PM
dp 17 165 3 United Kingdom
13 Aug 2008 6:54PM
Seems to go on forever.

katieb 16 255 4 United Kingdom
13 Aug 2008 7:22PM
Now that is some view, excellent captue. Oh how I wish we had a few of those mountains here in Norfolk.
SamGillespie 15 94 1 United Kingdom
13 Aug 2008 10:24PM
Awesome shot. The vastness of the scene is well conveyed.
Dennis_Bromage 13 45 20 United Kingdom
14 Aug 2008 8:34PM
stunning image of a stunning mountain. Did you do the ridge? Sitting on Lard Berkeley's Seat with both feet hanging into the void now that blows your mind! Unfortunately when I climbed it, it was covered in thick mist so I never got to enjoy this view. Definitely on my list of places to revisit. Awesome thanks so much for sharing

viscostatic 14 50 10 United Kingdom
14 Aug 2008 8:49PM
Both times I have climbed An Teallach I have been impressed by the mountain but I have never been fortunate enough to get weather like this. I like the way the light is catching part of the ridge in the middle distance.

markash 13
14 Aug 2008 9:59PM
Ian,as always a true work of art.the Scottish tourist board should be paying you.With shots like this the tourists will come flocking!
Mark Ashpole
hwatt 18 22 United Kingdom
14 Aug 2008 11:16PM
Hi Dennis. No, afraid not I've climbed it four times and each time I was thwarted by high winds enveloping cloud or horizontal rain. I camped on the summit and intended to tackle the ridge the following morning around dawn but alas if there was a sunrise I couldn't see it, I even had trouble finding my tent again after wandering off a few yards to weigh up the possibilities.
ThomasGorman 16 87 Scotland
27 Aug 2008 11:02PM
This is absolutely stunning mate. Great shot! Well worth the effort. Hope to catch up soon!

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