We’re proud to have a range of supporters who have stepped up to help us save Scotland’s mountain paths. From outdoor retailers to local businesses, organisations and clubs, we’d like to thank all of our sponsors for their ongoing support.
We are delighted to announce Cotswold Outdoor as the official sponsor of It’s Up to Us. For almost 50 years, the retailer has been helping people explore the great outdoors together. They have a genuine commitment to minimise their environmental impact, actively protecting the places we love, and helping everyone to enjoy the outdoors in a responsible way.
Arnold Clark constantly strive to improve the communities in which they operate, providing sponsorship, support for charities, local businesses and much more.
A spokesperson for Arnold Clark said: “We’re delighted to support this campaign to save Scotland’s mountain paths. These spaces belong to everyone, and well-maintained paths are vital for the community – their physical and mental benefits cannot be overstated.
“The work being done by Mountaineering Scotland and Outdoor Access Trust for Scotland will improve access for years to come and we hope our donation will help them to make a difference.”
Summit Stride is a recently-launched provider of high-quality, eco-friendly trail running apparel. With each purchase from their online store, they 10% of the profits will be donated to the It’s Up To Us campaign.
CEO and Founder, Chris Stratford, said: “Being out in the mountains is a big part of my life and when I heard about It’s Up to Us, I knew we had to support the campaign. Giving back and keeping our environmental impact to a minimum is a big part of our ethos.
“Speaking to the team also allowed me to realise how much work needs to be done on our mountains to keep them maintained for many more people to enjoy them, like I have.”
Run by Iain Kaye, Forest Way offers quality bunkhouse accommodation in the Northwest Highlands, and is an ideal base for exploring the countless Munros, Corbetts and Grahams, including An Teallach – the focus of the first stage of the It’s Up to Us fundraising campaign.
Iain says: “This [the It’s Up to Us campaign] is something close to our hearts and we are more than happy to contribute to the path restoration on #AnTeallach, which is such an iconic mountain in our area. Please consider donating to this very worthwhile cause.”
Big Sky Campers are a small business focussed on hiring high quality campervans to customers from their base at Port of Rosyth.
As a tourism business, they understand that they have a responsibility to give something back to the infrastructure of Scotland, encouraging slow travel, supporting local businesses and follow to the Outdoor Access Code while enjoying the mountains and wilds of Scotland.
They said: “In a bid to find a charity where we feel our donation will have a tangible impact, it is great to be able to support the It’s Up to Us Campaign as by doing so, we are supporting the infrastructure and biodiversity of some fragile yet popular areas of Scotland which mean both a lot to us, as well as being enjoyed by many of our customers.
Stirling Hillwalking Club, who are celebrating their 40th anniversary this year, are an independent club with approximately 60 members.
The club have made a generous donation to the It’s Up to Us campaign, which will help us towards of goal of reaching £300,000 to repair the upland path on An Teallach.
The club members meet every second Sunday, traveling to the start of the walks in cars. The winter programme tends to have low level walks within easy travelling distance. In summer we go further afield and have more challenging hill walks.
The Glasgow Glenmore Club was formed in 1954 by a group who had attended courses or instructed at Glenmore Lodge near Aviemore. Their activities centre on all levels of walking activities up to and including easy scrambling and winter hillwalking.
They said: “In recent years, club members have enjoyed walking on repaired paths but also encountered many badly eroded paths. We hope that this project will succeed in the goal of improving funding for upland path repair and maintenance as well as removing the scars of the path on An Teallach and enabling the surrounding ecosystem to rejuvenate.”
The Club programme includes weekend excursions staying in club huts, bunkhouses or hostels about six times per year. The programme also includes day outings of varying lengths and difficulty. These include low level, easier walks every Wednesday and more strenuous high level walks every second Sunday. Walks are normally within a two-hour drive of Kirkintilloch
Based in Aberdeen, the Club was founded in 1887 and is the oldest and one of the largest hillwalking and climbing club in Scotland. Its objectives are to encourage mountaineering, with special reference to the Cairngorm mountains; to promote competence, safety, knowledge and responsibility of attitude amongst mountaineers; to offer opportunities to engage in that pursuit in company with others; to impart information concerning mountains; to keep under review rights of access to Scottish mountains; and to issue publications.
Lothian Teachers Mountaineering Club (LTMC) was established in 1976 by a group of teachers and outdoor education staff in Lothian. The club is open to people from all walks of life and welcomes any interested hill-walker or mountaineer. The LTMC has always maintained an enthusiastic core and presently has a membership of about 40 based mainly in Edinburgh, the Lothians and Fife. The club’s aim is to encourage members to improve their skills while enjoying the hills safely and to expand their horizons.
By supporting It’s Up to Us, your business, organisation or club can help us to raise awareness of the urgent need for investment in the repair and maintenance of informal mountain paths across Scotland, kicking off with a £300,000 fundraiser to save the path on An Teallach.