Friday, 11 April 2014

Scotland the Curious are curious about us.

We got a wee mention this week on the blog that is all about Scotland, Scotland the Curious.

http://scotlandthecurious.weebly.com/1/post/2014/04/the-men-who-rescue-the-mountains.html

It puts us in a good light so thanks for that!

At the Falls of Glas Allt

Our team has made a wee start on our next project. This is the repairs and construction of the section of path that is just before the waterfall on the Glas Allt path of Lochnagar, on the Balmoral estate.
 
The next task at hand will be to airlift the 70 plus load bags of block stone to site and then we will be able to construct the stone pitching, waterbars, and cross drains that has been specified. This project is through our client the Cairngorm Outdoor Access Trust.

Thursday, 3 April 2014

Path Repairs on Isle of Staffa

 A quick wee blast over to Staffa to carry out some repairs and path definition to one of the footpaths here. This NTS managed island is home to the famous Fingals cave and the amazing Basalt columns. Staffa is located off the west coast of Mull, and we had to take two ferries and a very choppy boat trip to get there.



Finished at Bynack More

Our team battled incredible blizzards and freezin cold winds to finish our section of work at Bynack More.
This work was on behalf of our clients the Cairngorm Outdoor Access Trust and the site is located at nr 3000 ft on the Abernethy Estate. Well done guys.



Monday, 10 March 2014

Snow beginning to go- at last













The view looking down the hill from Bynack. Encouraging enough as the site is beginning to clear from snow. Still patches of the white stuff, but we might be able to make a start after being snowed off for a month.

Thursday, 6 March 2014

15 Years of Upland Access Ltd

I am quite proud of the fact we are still going after 15 years of hard slog. It is quite a unique industry to be in and the people who have engaged in it are few in number, but all bring a necessary resolve and character you wont see anywhere else. I have been reminiscing recently and realize that although the views and sites we have seen are amazing and we are privileged to see them, it is the people who do the job that are the most inspiring and all bring their own character and humour with them.
So as a wee tribute to them, I have compiled a wee album on Facebook on many (but not all- some have been camera shy!) who have worked with Upland Access Ltd. So if you are ever walking in the hills and wonder who build the paths, then this may help answer that question, The Hill Navvies of Upland Access Ltd

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Its snow happening..

Despite the mild weather we are experiencing at low level, the hills of scotland are still getting more than their fair share of snow- exciting for mountaineers and skiers but is putting a right big spanner in the works for us mountain path builders.
Despite having work to do we are beaten back by the white stuff especially on Schiehallion, our next port of call. Ah well, time to get the cap out, " Any loose change there, guvnor?"

Monday, 17 February 2014

Barnsluagan Finishing Touches

Just finished our wee sortie at the ridge path overlooking Barnsluagan loch in Knapdale woods near Lochgilphead. This is the completion of the upgrade of this path that has some great views and is quite enjoyable walking through the old deciduous woodland.







Thursday, 23 January 2014

Slip sliding away!

First week back in 2014 has seen our team sliding about in the mud at Knapdale woods. The project is to replace wooden steps that have came to the end of their working life with new natural stone steps and an imported aggregate path. This stint involves moving the large stones into position in readiness for constructing the stonework. Its hard work though!