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Trust reflects on late summer paths work

Posted 18 September 2012
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Trust reflects on late summer paths work
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The John Muir Trust has reported that its volunteers have been very busy repairing footpaths on land it owns and manages across Scotland.

However popular Scotland's countryside is, the impact of thousands of hiking boots takes its toll on paths, but members of the trust have been able to carry out work through July and August on mountain paths up Quinag and Scheihallion, as well as the Steall Gorge.

In addition to their path work, volunteers carried out a second litter sweep of the year on Ben Nevis.

After another busy summer in which Three Peaks Challengers and others have climbed the mountain, there was some rubbish to collect, but the trust noted people have been more responsible and a record small amount was gathered.

One strange item did stand out, however, with a wallpaper pasting table somehow finding its way to the emergency summer shelter.

A number of past stunts have seen unusual objects taken up Britain's highest mountain, from a grand piano to a Model T Ford in 1911, with the latter stunt being repeated a century later, albeit with the car taken up in kit form and reassembled on the summit.ADNFCR-2803-ID-801451752-ADNFCR