Allt a Mhuillinn Footpath Work Party, continuing work….

The footpath work parties are on a roll now.  12  people in total turned out for continuing work on the Allt a Mhuillinn, the track up into the North Face of Ben Nevis.   A real mix of people, Nevis Landscape Partnership’s Volunteer Rangers along with a faithful bunch of returning volunteers along with a couple of new volunteers.  Many cross drains and water bars were cleared out. Many full with silt and rocks and obviously hadn’t been done for a while. This indicated how important it is for continual maintenance following on from the construction work by contractors.  Other parts of the track were pitched and improved.  Many appreciative comments were given by those out using the path.  Maybe next time they would like to come and join us….

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Footpath Work Party on the Allt a’ Mhuilinn

Another trusty group of volunteers re-visited the Allt a’ Mhuilinn track recently for some footpath maintenance.  Kirstie and Callum returned to add to their work from last month and were joined by Charlotte and Peter and coordinator Susan, all ably led by Nevis Landscape Partnership’s Dougie Sinclair.  A great and very rewarding day was had by all.  Thanks to all involved for your hard work.  It is nice to hear comments where people have noticed the improvements on the path.  Another date is scheduled for July 25th, come along and give it a try….

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Caledonian Challenge Event

On Saturday 13th - Sunday 14th June 2015 some 1,700 walkers and their support crews descended on Scotland’s world-renowned West Highland Way and Great Glen Way for the 19th Caledonian Challenge comprising two events: THE 54 that tests teams physically and mentally to complete 54 miles of gruelling terrain within 24 hours and THE 24 challenging teams to walk 24 miles within 12 hours.

Once again Friends of Nevis volunteers were involved with the registration of the event which in turn raised money for Friends of Nevis.  13 volunteers turned out for the Friday registration and Steve and Helen travelled all the way from Kent to support us on the Friday and early on the Saturday for the start of the event.  Steve one again donned his ‘Hound Dog’ Outfit to support the participants and their support crew, not the best outfit for one of our hottest days, well done Steve!  Thank you to all our volunteers, look forward to seeing you again next year….

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Path Work Party

Hardy and dedicated volunteers headed out on the Allt a’ Mhuilinn track recently for some footpath maintenance.  This track leads in to the North Face of Ben Nevis.  This area is popular year round including the winter months where climbers are attracted to the North Face for World Class climbing. The track was in need of a lot of maintenance following on from the winter.  Another day is planned here for 13th June.  If you would like to get involved, have a great day out, meet like-minded people and do something to help protect this incredible area then please get in touch.

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Herb Walk and Workshop

An interesting and informative day was had by all who attended the Wild Herb Walk and Workshop ran by Clare Holohan from West Highland Herbals http://www.westhighlandherbal.com/

Weather held off for a successful day enjoyed by a range of ages.  Thank you to all who attended and especially to Clare for her expertise.

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Lochyside Primary School ‘anti-litter sign’ in Glen Nevis

Pupils from Lochyside RC Primary School in Fort William spent a morning in Glen Nevis recently.  The pupils had taken part in an art competition arranged by Friends of Nevis to design an anti-litter sign which they unveiled and the poster will stand in the Visitor Centre grounds.  Funding for the posters came from Keep Scotland Beautiful and the Highland Council Rangers helped support the day by running environmental activities for the children such as pond dipping, garden bird treasure hunt and a scavenger hunt.  Many thanks to all involved and let’s hope the message from the pupils to keep Glen Nevis tidy will work!

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Glen Nevis Spring Clean

Friends of Nevis held its annual Spring Clean of the Glen and Curling Pond area this past weekend.  The weather turned wintry again however more than 20 hardy souls turned up to support this event from age 5 upwards.

Rubbish was collected from all over the Glen from the top car park to Braveheart car park but especially from the area above the Roaring Mill. This popular area is suffering from those failing to take their litter home.  The Curling Pond area has also benefited from the Spring Clean.  Lets hope people will continue to take responsibility for the area and keep it looking good.

A great way to meet others and give something back to this stunning area.  Friends of Nevis volunteers continue to work hard to protect their local environment.  Well done to all involved and thanks to Ben Nevis Highland Centre, Lidl, the Highland Council (for a skip and the loan of litter pickers) and all who took part!

 

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Volunteer of the Year

Recently saw the celebration of Friends of Nevis through a successful annual dinner at the Pine Martin restaurant.  The following day was welcomed with fantastic spring like weather for a guided walk to Dun Deardail.  Several people enjoyed the informative walk led by Archaeologist Matt Ritchie from the Forestry Commission.  Matt explained about the archaeological investigation which will take place over the next three years as one of the projects supported by Heritage Lottery Funding.

Highlight of day was the opportunity to award our very hard-working and dedicated Treasurer Bob Aitken the Friends of Nevis Volunteer of the Year Award. Congratulations Bob!

 

 

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Volunteer Co-ordinator

Hi, I am Susan Nicol newly appointed volunteer coordinator for Friends of Nevis and Nevis Landscape Partnership.

Having lived and worked in the area for the past six years having been a Senior Instructor at The Outward Bound Trust at Loch Eil.  I have always had a passion for our Environment and studied Environmental Science and Outdoor Education at Stirling University.  Personally I enjoy time in the outdoors running, biking, walking and horse-riding.  I therefore feel really fortunate to be given this opportunity to work for Friends of Nevis.

I shall keep you informed of volunteer and training opportunities however please also keep an eye on the websites and Facebook pages.

A couple of photos below, one of me in Morocco when I took a school group out there and second one is typical local one, me on CMD arete!  Look forward to meeting you all.

Susan



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Crag Loppers

Thanks to everyone who braved the atrocious weather last Saturday to help clear scrub from the Poll Dubh Crags in Glen Nevis.  Friends of Nevis joined volunteers from Nevis Landscape Partnership and the Poll Dubh Club to make a great start on removing trees from around the crags that are preventing access for climbers.  This was started by the late Ed Grindley, a keen local climber, and we were delighted to be able to carry on his work thanks to a kind bequest.

We made a noticeable improvement on the day, and us enthusiastic amateurs armed with loppers and bow saws gave Calum, Lewis and their chainsaws a run for their money.  This work will continue as part of the Nevis Landscape Partnership’s Future Forest project and there will be plenty more opportunities to volunteer over the next few years.  It’s all being done with expert advice so that the woodland and climbers can coexist happily.

 

Special thanks go to the guys from 3 Wise Monkeys Climbing - good luck with your fundraising!

 

 

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