Archives for 2013

Getting To Grips With Machinery

Machine Build Nethy Bridge The trainees got to grips of the controls of a 360 excavator on their latest training site. There were Improvements to be made to  a woodland path,  involving the setting out of a path tray to 1.5m width, 150mm deep, infilling with 250mm sub base and topping with 25mm top dust....

Stakeholder/user survey

The Cairngorms Mountain Heritage Project is a 4 year HLF funded project to repair paths in the Cairngorms National Park. As part of this project we are looking at ways to engage with members of the public regarding the importance of mountain paths in controlling erosion. We have prepared a short survey to try to […]...

Donate by Text Launched

We are delighted to expand our Mountain Path Appeal to enable text donations. Simply text COAT00 together with the amount you want to donate e.g. £2, £5 or £10 to 70070 and, even better, you can gift aid your donation....

The Stunning Coire Na Ciste

Coire Na Ciste 2013 The trainees second block of upland path work was on Coire Na Ciste.This was to be very challenging physically and mentally but also very rewarding, as the trainees put the skills they had learned from Creag Bheag to the test with the end product showing some amazing stonework for everyone to see. […]...

Flying out the Cabins

Well yesterday saw the successful extraction of the RAS from Braeriach. 4 cabins, generators, inverters, equipment and all waste successfully flown out in just over 2 1/2 hours. Everything went like clockwork thanks to Gordon Paxton-White, the team from Mar Lodge Estate, Cairngorms Wilderness Contracts and Cairngom Mountain Ltd.  ...

Already preparing for 2014 path works

Lairig an Laoigh and Strathnethy 2014 will see the deployment of the specialised Remote Accommodation System (RAS) on the Lairig an Laoigh to provide a base camp for path workers as they work to repair this historic drove route. The workers will live on site for up to 4 months whilst they carry out the […]...

Maintenance Programme 2013

Upland Access Ltd have been travelling the length and breadth of the Cairngorms National Park working on our 2013 Maintenance Programme. This year the maintenance contractor has had the benefit of survey reports from our Cairngorms Adopt a Path volunteers giving them vital intelligence as to what maintenance requires done and where. We’ll be reviewing the […]...

UPAG Site Visit to Braeriach & the RAS

It was a great, if windy, day for the Upland Path Advisory Group visit, taking in the Remote Accommodation System and three work sites on Braeriach. It was an excellent opportunity to share different approaches to pathwork and working with volunteers with organisations from across the UK. Thanks to all who came and the contractors working […]...

Filming the stories of the Cairngorms

As part of the Cairngorms Mountain Heritage Project we are currently developing a project to collect the stories, tales, myths and legends which form part of the cultural heritage of the Cairngorms and bring them to life in a series of audiovisual podcasts. This exciting and innovative project aims to involve local people and organisations […]...

The Amazing Art Of DryStane Dyking

 Drystane Dyking on Alvie Estate The trainees have been learning new skills in drystane dyking on Alvie Estate over the last couple of weeks. The section of the training course lasts two weeks and consists of repairing and rebuilding an old damaged wall, building a wall and cheek ends from scratch and learning about the many different styles […]...