Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Eclipse? Oh yeh, it was pretty cool.

On a week that saw us experience the eclipse, our team carried on with the fine work they are doing at Roaches Ridge in the Peak District. A good week saw plenty of work completed including these sections of path overlooking some dramatic landscapes.

Work carried out for our client Staffordshire Wildlife Trust.

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Windy week at the Roaches

Another good week if not a wee bit chilly,for our team at Roaches Ridge in Staffordshire. Work is progressing on a really busy path and its quite amazing to see the number of climbers out on Saturday.
This work is on behalf of our client Staffordshire Wildlife Trust.

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Peak District

Started work on our project at Roaches Ridge in the Peak District NPA. Good start with us battling flurries and blizzards- so nothing new there then!
Client is Staffordshire Wildlife Trust

Friday, 30 January 2015

"If its not the snow, its the wind..."

A slow start to the year for the Upland Access team as we struggle to get any work done due to snow, ice and wind.  But our motto is " Adapt, improvise and overcome" and thats what we will do!
This week saw us attempting to work away at the Burn O Vat path at the Muir of Dinnet NNR.

Sunday, 11 January 2015

Happy New Year

Have a guid New Year- look forward to meeting you on a hill near you!

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Blabheinn Contract Completed.

JMT on the completed Bla Bheinn contract.

Another hard stint has seen our team finish the main contract at Blabheinn on the Isle of Skye. According to the weather people 5000 lightening strikes hit the western isles, - we can testify to that as we were out there!.
But the #weatherbomb passed and we kept on going despite the hard work this year catching up with us. Lead legs and sore arms aside, we passed the finishing line.
So thanks to everyone involved in this contract and also the team throughout the year including Kieran, Alan, Mark, Damian, Ross, Emillio, and Gary.
Good wishes for the festivities and enjoy your drams at the New Year.

Monday, 1 December 2014

Update on Bla Bheinn from the John Muir Trust

What our client John Muir Trust is saying about us!

"Stonework, Drainage and Landscaping... what else?"

How do you fix an erosion scar that is nearly 10m wide in places, is on a steep slope, and has water gushing down it forcing people to avoid it and make even more routes?
You get Upland Access Ltd to fix it!
How do we fix it? With careful selection and identification of the best route through the scar, stonework in the form of naturalized stone pitching and steps, landscaping and blocking to keep people to the defined path, and ditches and drainage to keep the path in good condition.
This particular scenario is what we are trying to achieve on the hill Bla Bheinn for our client John Muir Trust. We are well through the contract and we hope we are achieving the goals set for us.

Dramatic Sky- on Skye!

 Great views have been experienced by our team working on Skye the last couple of months. Everyday is guaranteed to bring something different to the skies as we change from autumn to winter. The work we are carrying out is for the John Muir Trust on the iconic hill Blaven.

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Bridge over troubled water.

"Adapt, improvise, and overcome", our motto was pushed to the limit this week as we had to build a couple of makeshift bridges to ensure dry feet on the way to work at our site Bla Bheinn on the Isle of Skye.

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Bla Bheinn, Isle of Skye

Started work on Bla Bhain, a munro that is managed by the John Muir Trust. This beautiful hill will see us carrying out repairs to try an address the erosion problems on its slopes. We will be flying block stone from a nearby boulder field and using this to create low key stone steps and drainage and landscaping the erosion.

Monday, 22 September 2014

Repairs at Schiehallion

That's our team just completed our 3 working weeks at Schiehallion, carrying out repairs and maintenance for the John Muir Trust. This is a very popular hill path and we were lucky to have quite good weather while we were there, so there was a nice buzz on most people as they passed us on there way to bag their Munro.

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Another varied stint of work in the Cairngorms

Don't let the pics fool you - this aint typical weather for us in the middle of the Cairngorms. In fact, there is no typical day for weather in our sortie at Lairig an Laoigh with rain, wind, hail and sunshine all featuring in some measure most days. But when the sun is out then so is the camera to keep a record of our work for our client Cairngorms Outdoor Access Trust (COAT)

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

More before and afters!

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so these before and after photos should save me a wee bit of RSI !!
These photos show the last section of the 'heavy construction' part of our work at the Lairig an Laoigh. We now move on to what is confusingly called 'light touch' work that covers more than 8 km of paths that we will be attending over the next couple of months.

Friday, 13 June 2014

Dramatic before and afters at Lairg an Laoigh

These photos show the difference  well designed and implemented pathwork can do to a problem area. This section of  the Lairig an Laoigh path was only going to get worse with more people avoiding the wet areas and the erosional damage continuing to increase.

This project is part of the Cairngorm Mountain Heritage Project, on behalf of our client Cairngorm Outdoor Access Trust.