Mountaineers, mountain lovers and path-builders unite to raise funds to restore routes up two of Scotland’s most popular Munros.
The Mend Our Mountains: Make One Million appeal has succeeded in raising £100,000 for the two projects in Scotland. This GB-wide initiative which was coordinated by the British Mountaineering Council and led by the Outdoor Access Trust for Scotland together with Mountaineering Scotland north of the border, involved the collaboration of all 15 national parks throughout the UK.
The £100,000 achieved for Scotland is already being put to good use in repairing two iconic mountain paths: Beinn a’Ghlo and Ben Vane.
Thankyou to everyone who donated!
Beinn a’ Ghlo, a Cairngorm gem
The first project is one of the nation’s most heavily eroded mountain paths, a highly visible scar up the slopes of Beinn a’ Ghlo, the great three-Munro massif in the south of the Cairngorms National Park.
The campaign has successfully raised £60,000 for this project, which will sustainably and sensitively restore the route up Carn Liath, which is currently so wide it is visible from several kilometers away on the A9 road north of Blair Atholl.
Work is already underway and is due to be completed late Autumn 2019.
Ben Vane, short, sweet and steep
The second project is urgent path repair work on the popular Arrochar Alps peak, Ben Vane, in the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. Despite claiming Munro status by a mere two feet, Ben Vane’s location within an hour or so of Glasgow has made it one of Scotland’s most popular mountain walks.
£40,000 has been successfully raised to create a long-lasting route up this well-trodden if steep mountain, whose path experiences significant damage, particularly in wet weather. Work is well underway on Ben Vane and is expected to be completed early Winter 2019.