Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Airlift at Narnain

Heavy rain, low visibility, and very,very windy. The worst conditions for an airlift of stone to our mountain worksite at Ben Narnain last week.





































Perseverance was the order of the day and we were relieved to get the stone to site .  Airlift by Skyhooks Helicoptersltd, photo by Kieran Fogarty. Now, we can get going and build our path.

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Bagging -on- a Munro!

A crucial stage in our project at Ben Narnain will be to fly 250 tonnes of materials to site. But before we fly, we have to 'bag' the block stone from neighbouring boulder fields, and it is no mean feat. All the bags have to be filled by hand and this involves moving the stones several times to get them in the helibag. The stone range in weight from 25kg to 250kg so it is ridiculously hard work and our team were feeling the pace afterwards. ( There was also a walkin of over an hour before we even got to work!)


Tuesday, 16 May 2017

First Week at Ben Narnain


If ever a week sums up Scotland's fickle weather then this was it. Heatwave at the start of the stint, wintry showers with gales at the end. We have just started our latest project for our client Outdoor Access Trust for Scotland as part of The Mountains and the People project taking place over both national parks in Scotland. This is a large challenging project at Ben Narnain that will involve stone pitching, drainage, surfaced path, and landscaping.




















Wednesday, 3 May 2017

May sunshine! May it continue!

A good spell of weather saw our stint come to an end, and also saw the start of sunny May.! We have been working on the Ben Nevis path for the last few stints , building new anchor bars, pitching, cross drains, ditching, and blocking desire lines and landscaping. This work has been for our client the Nevis Landscape Partnership.





Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Easter at Nevis

Working at the busiest hill in Scotland as our working stint coincided with easter. We persevered though and still managed to construct good work on the hill. Work carried out on behalf of our client Nevis Landscape Partnership.



Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Last week at Ben Nevis

Trying to cross the finishing line but that snow is making life tricky, but we will get there!!




Thursday, 26 January 2017

Glasdrum Stonework

A nice wee project to get our teeth into to start the working year. Glasdrum National Nature Reserve is a cracking wee woodland site north of Oban. Our task was to repair several sections using robust stonework techniques as steps, drainage and blocking. Worked out well we think.




Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Seen the Year oot on the Ben

Our last working weeks of 2016 was spent on the lower slopes of Ben Nevis. We were  sub contracting for Highland Conservation who were working for the Nevis Partnership, building mostly stone pitching on a section of path that has been badly gullied out and eroded.
The weather was reasonably kind to us with warm, wet and windy being the order of the day.
Its been an enjoyable project as stonework is like a giant jigsaw puzzle that weighs a tonne!

But thats us on our well earned break for this year. Wishing everyone the best for the hols!





Saturday, 26 November 2016

Lanark finished, onwards and upwards to the 'Ben

The nicest part of our work is the variety- one week we are working in a lowland nature reserve in Lanark, the next week we are working on the lower slopes of Ben Nevis.
Our work at the ancient woodlands of Clyde Valley Nature Reserve was for SNH and we are pleased that the client was delighted with our work. After we finished here, we moved upwards to Ben Nevis- a project were we are sub contracting to Highland Conservation in which we are helping them construct stonework for their client, Nevis Partnership.


Thursday, 3 November 2016

A week of Lochs and Waterfalls

Just finished this seasons work at the higher ground of the Cairngorms, finishing at the Dubh Loch path in Balmoral Estate. Time to move to slightly lower ground as we move into November- but still some outstanding views to be seen. Here we see Dubh Loch followed by our site visit to Loch Brandy at Clova , Eastern Cairngorms.




Nice view at the waterfall heading to Dubh Loch too, as Luke digs a borrow pit for repairs and maintenance.

Friday, 21 October 2016

Rainy Week at the Dubh Loch Path


Our current season at the heights of the Cairngorms are drawing to a close as the nights draw in and we have left the summit of Lochnagar to work at the path leading to the Dubh Loch in Balmoral Estate , Deeside. This work is for our client Cairngorms Outdoor Access Trust as part of their Mountains and People project - a project taking place in the upland areas of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park and the Cairngorms National Park.




Friday, 7 October 2016

October Winds!

Working at 3000 plus feet in the Scottish highlands are challenging at the best of times but throw in the odd gales and it fairly separates the men from the boys. Upland Access' teams are continuing our work at the plateau of Lochnagar and also single line definition at its smaller sister Meikle Pap. We also have another contract at Balmoral estate, again carrying out repairs to the path that leads to the Dubh Loch from Loch Muick. The weather has been good but there is a real nip to the wind, a timely reminder that things are going to get right cold right fast!


Sunday, 4 September 2016

Lochnagar Plateau defined

As a continuation of last years work at Lochnagar plateau, both our teams are working hard at defining a route through a boulder strewn landscape to help the fragile "alpine vegetation" recover after decades of people stamping and eroding.

Although this work is called light touch, it is far from easy as it calls for a fair amount of manual handling in moving obstacles from the pathline to the margins,


 This work is part of the Mountains and People project for our client Cairngorms Outdoor Access Trust

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Quick sortie to Jocks Road




A quick blast at Jocks Rd for this year- both our teams had a stint each carrying out repairs and construction of drainage and stone work. It was good to see last years work bedding in and providing another couple of hundred metres of defined path that is going to make a real difference. Jocks Road is a historic Drovers route that joins Glen Doll to Glen Callater enabling some walkers to walk from Glen Clova nr Kirriemuir to Braemar. It also provides access to a few munros too. This work is part of the The Mountains and The People project - a joint national park upland path repair initiative managed by our client Cairngorms Outdoor Access Trust . 

The weather last week? -mixed bag with amazing blue skies one second and gloomy clouds of midgies the next. Cant complain - when the midge bites are many on yer face it looks from a distance like a good tan. Those are the breaks!
Next job- Lochnagar Plateau.


Monday, 8 August 2016

Done and Dusted at the Cobbler

We passed the finishing line of this years' work at the Cobbler and the stone constructed path  has been receiving great feedback from regular users of this very busy path in Loch Lomond  and Trossachs National Park. Over two hundred tonnes of stone and material were moved by hand in the works which included drainage and landscaping. This project was for our client Cairngorms Outdoor Access Trust.