Tuesday 19th June 2018, 10:54am
The Munro Society has made a donation to our Mend Our Mountains appeal.
A donation of £1.
However that’s £1 per metre – for the qualifying height for a Munro.
When the Society, which is open to anyone who has climbed all the Munros, decided to support the path restoration fund, they decided to give £3 for each of their 300 members – and then topped it up to make £914.40, that being pound-for-metre the metric height of a Munro, or 3,000 feet in old money.
David Batty, President of The Munro Society, said members were delighted to support the appeal, which aims to raise £100,000 in Scotland for path restoration projects on Beinn a’ Ghlo in the Cairngorms National Park and Ben Vane in the Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park.
“All our members will have climbed both Beinn a’ Ghlo and Ben Vane at least once – many of them numerous times – and know well what marvellous mountains they are and how vulnerable to erosion their paths are. This is such a vital project and one we feel is so important to support.”
Stuart Younie, Mountaineering Scotland Chief Executive Officer, said he was heartened by The Munro Society’s support.
He said: “This is a substantial donation from a Society whose dedication to Scotland’s mountains is well known, and is much appreciated. We welcome all donations however large or small.
“The two paths being restored through Mend Our Mountains are currently in an appalling condition which impacts on the mountains. Repairing them isn’t just a case of making life easier for hill walkers, it’s restoring the environment, and these paths will be exemplars of what can be achieved elsewhere.
“But this project really does require people to put their hands in their pockets to provide the necessary finance. It needn’t be a huge amount: if everyone who climbed these hills donated a few pounds we would be well on our way to achieving the target of £100,000.”