The Mountains for People project has maintained paths in Glencoe

The Mountains for People project has maintained paths in Glencoe

A grant from a mountaineering body will help the National Trust for Scotland care for some of its most popular upland paths.

The £30,000 cash boost from the Scottish Mountaineering Trust will be spread over three years and will support the Mountains for People project.

The SMT is the charitable trust run by the Scottish Mountaineering Club, and proceeds from the club’s sales and activities are ploughed back into the charity.

Bob Brown, Mountains for People project manager said: “This contribution will help us carry on our work to as we concentrate on renovating the remaining 18 miles of upland paths in the trust’s care that require urgent attention.

“Set amidst stunning surroundings the area is fragile with several routes particularly remote which will pose some serious logistical and technical challenges to the project team.

“Our work on this project has tackled some of the most challenging mountain path problems on trust land, from the summit of Sgurr Mhor in Torridon to the top of Cir Mhor on Arran.

“From glen to summit, the project has been able to restore and redress some of the most eroded paths the trust manages. None of this would have been possible without the help of our funders.

“The remoteness of some of the sites posed serious logistical problems which had to be tackled in some innovative ways, the team utilised an ‘Everest’ grade base camp tent for the contract at just under 3,000ft.”

Buz Whibley, development manager for the National Trust for Scotland said: “The Scottish Mountaineering Trust has granted us the generous total of £30,000 over the next three years.

“This will go a long way to help the continuing progress that we have been making on the Mountains for People project which helps us keep our mountain footpaths at the peak of their condition.

“SMT are an organisation that have supported us for a number of years for many of our projects on countryside and mountaineering properties, a link we hope to continue with as we work to make our countryside the best it can be.”

James Hotchkis, secretary of the Scottish Mountaineering Trust added: “The trustees have been delighted to provide support by the way of a substantial grant to the National Trust for Scotland for the Mountains for People project and look forward to seeing the improvements our grant along with the other can make.”

The SMT is a grant-making charity which, founded in 1962.

All profits from the sale of Scottish Mountaineering Club climbing and hillwalking guides go to the trust, and provide much of its revenue.

The best known guidebook is The Munros, first published in 1986. Other revenue comes from legacies and donations from individuals and organisations.

The Scottish Mountaineering Club was formed in Glasgow in 1889, as a result of correspondence in the Glasgow Herald initiated by William W Naismith. Although other Scottish clubs existed at this time, such as the Cairngorm Club, these had only local membership and limited technical aspirations. By contrast, the founder members of the SMC included a good number who already had Alpine experience and wished to use their skills in their native country.

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