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Cairngorm Wilderness Contract workers repair the path on An Teallach

Last week, an enthusiastic team of OATS volunteers teamed up with path contractors from Cairngorm Wilderness Contracts to undertake path-building work on An Teallach.

Over three days, the volunteers and contractors worked together to build several metres of stone revetment, a large stone cross drain, lay aggregate path, dig some ditches and do some path restoration work to minimise the visual impact of the path works.

Volunteers at work repairing a mountain path

The £300,000 path project is being funded by the It’s Up To Us campaign in partnership with Mountaineering Scotland, which aims to raise awareness of the desperate need for funding for upland path repairs in Scotland. Over £215,000 has been raised so far, but there is still more to do so that this vital conservation work can continue.

Contractor digs hole on mountain path on An Teallach

On Tuesday, the volunteers were joined by members of the Mountaineering Scotland teamed, who travelled from HQ in Perth to see the progress that’s been made on the path and try their hand at path building. Well-known outdoor writer and It’s Up to Us ambassador, Chris Townsend, along with photographer James Roddie, were also on site covering the volunteers days for the June issue of The Great Outdoors (TGO) magazine.

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