Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Fact finding in Ireland

After attending the Helping the Hills conference in Wicklow our fact finding visit to Ireland saw us visiting Connemara National Park and then walking up the iconic Croagh Patrick hill in County Mayo. This is a very popular hill due to the religious significance and thus has huge erosion problems, almost insurmountable. The week was very interesting seeing at what stage Ireland is at as to its commitment to erosion control in their hills and hopefully building up some mutual future working relationships.

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Beinn Madui

We have now started work on the approach path to Beinn Macdui, the second highest hill in Britain. And true to form the snow has arrived as well but hopefully it is a stray flurry!
The work we will be carrying out is low key definition work with some subtle stone drainage features and landscaping. This is our continuation of work we have done over the last 2 years for the Cairngorm Outdoor Access Trust

Sunday, 2 September 2012

Work continues at the Plateau

Upland Access's teams are still working through their summer program of works that sees them working at over 3500ft on the Plateau path at Cairngorm mountain and the Marquis well path that leads towards the summit of Cairngorm Mountain. This work involves installing additional stone drainage features and defining a single line of path where there are many desire lines and no fixed route. The pressures on the fragile vegetation are great, with the weather, hill users and inappropiate mountain biking taking its toll. But hopefully that's where we come in, and hopefully are making a difference.

Glenshee at the Cateran Trail with volunteers

Last week of the volunteer project on the Cateran trail for Perth Kinross Countryside Trust, where Upland Access had a wee job in providing support and knowhow. The vollies all worked hard and produced some good work and seemed to enjoy themselves.