Mend Ben Vane (Loch Lomond & the Trossachs)

by Mend Our Mountains in Cairndow, Scotland, United Kingdom

We did it
On 18th June 2019 we successfully raised £6,183 with 97 supporters in 281 days

Following the success of our Ben Vane path repair crowdfunder, we are now accepting ongoing donations of support.

by Mend Our Mountains in Cairndow, Scotland, United Kingdom

New stretch target

We've hit our target! But now we want go even bigger. Thank you so much for your support if you've already pledged, and if you're here to do so now then even better...

Mend Our Mountains: Make One Million is an enormous appeal, running over almost two years - it's the biggest appeal for upland paths ever, and we need all the help we can get to make it work. 

We set ourselves an overall target through Crowdfunder of £150,000, which was broken down into smaller totals like the one on this page. Thanks to you and people like you, we've already achieved our target here. But if we can raise £175,000, or even £200,000, we can do even more. Check out the graphic below to see how we could use your generous pledge to do even more good work.

During our original crowdfunding campaign, we successfully raised £6,123 with 95 wonderful supporters. We are now continuing to accept donations to keep repairs going. Find out more about our original plans below.

Welcome to the Mend Our Mountains Ben Vane appeal. 

We're trying to raise £6,000 for one of Scotland's most popular Munros - loved by hardcore mountaineers and day-trippers alike. You can help us repair it by pledging today - the £6,000 we want to raise will enable us to undertake urgent work to halt the erosion in this area.

A people's Munro

Ben Vane claims Munro status by a mere two feet, but with its imposing pyramid shape its prowess as a mountain is comparable to any of its neighbours in the Arrochar Alps. Indeed it has been one of Scotland’s most popular walks over many years – an accolade that has led to its paths becoming increasingly trampled.  From the shores of Loch Lomond, Ben Vane is less than an hour’s walk from the Inveruglas visitor centre car park, which itself is only just over an hour’s drive or bus ride from the centre of Glasgow. 

Flanked on three sides by Beinn Ime, Beinn Narnain and Ben Vorlich, Ben Vane offers a range of exhilarating walks at any time of the year on its own and is an integral component of an ever popular ‘three peaks’ walk. The views from the summit overlooking the Alps are superb and a spectacular vista to the east towards Loch Lomond, Loch Arklet and Loch Katrine makes the climb well worth the effort. The mountain on any day can hold an astonishing variety of wildlife - you might spot mountain hare, raven, ptarmigan or even a golden eagle.


The problem

The path has suffered badly from drainage and erosion issues. The combination of popularity and steepness has seen a sharp decline in the integrity of the path line. As walkers seek new routes to avoid awkward sections, the path has spread and widened across the hillside, with heavy wear causing further damage to the top soil. Deep, worn trod lines now also channel water onto the path, which has severely exacerbated the issue. 

Eventually this kind of damage will make the steep slope so dangerous that people will stop walking it altogether.

The solution - and what your pledge will do

Following a detailed survey, it has been decided to split the path into four sections, each of which will be treated differently when it comes to repair and improvement work. All the work will be within the existing path line scar and aim to draw walkers into a single area of use, reducing erosion and promoting habitat regeneration. The path is designed to be both hard wearing and low maintenance which will be effective for years to come.

The work is a serious undertaking – the steepest sections are extremely difficult to work on! Your pledge will allow us not only to secure the materials needed for such a complex job, but also make sure we get the right people in to do it - it's a highly-skilled job, and we know that if the path is going to be there for a generation or more, it has to be done right.

1536230635_Ben%20vane.PNGIncredible rewards

To help us reach this total (and those in our other Mend Our Mountains projects) we're working with a huge number of partners, many of whom have made incredibly kind donations - you can see some of them below. 



It means we can offer an amazing range of rewards - from t-shirts and mugs to unique experiences. You can see all of these, many of which are exclusive to the Scottish projects, on the right. We think there's something for everyone, on any kind of budget, and we've worked hard to make sure our partners are offering you something really great in return for your valuable pledge.

And it's not just about Scotland. As you've probably guessed, Mend Our Mountains is a huge campaign, spanning the entire family of 15 UK National Parks. We've got 13 primary projects in 11 parks, and every park will benefit in some way. Crowdfunding is just part of what we're doing - we want to raise £1,000,000 in total, the most ambitious campaign of its type ever.

If you want to take a look at all the projects in the appeal, and see how close we're getting to our overall target, check out the Mend Our Mountains Crowdfunder Homepage

Pledge today and protect Ben Vane for the future.


Reward images

Organic cotton Mend Our Mountain tees. Sizes shown: Men’s Medium, Women’s Small.


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£25 or more

Mend Our Mountains T-shirt

Mend Our Mountains T-shirt with unique 'Beaten Track' artwork, designed by artist Tessa Lyons, on the front. Check out how it looks further down this page.

£10 or more

15% Discount at Cotswold Outdoor and Snow+Rock

Use in-store or online. Our Headline Sponsors are showing the love for Mend Our Mountains with a great discount across loads of outdoor products.

£10 or more

2 of 3 claimed

Montane 25th Anniversary Chief

British brand Montane is celebrating their 25th anniversary in 2018, pledge £10 and receive a limited edition Montane Chief; multi-purpose fast drying headwear that can be used to protect the head, neck or face. Featuring a repeat pattern of the Montane 25th Logo pattern on the iconic Montane orange background. Sure to be a collector's item.

£15 or more

Mend Our Mountains Mug

A beautiful bone china mug with design by acclaimed artist Tessa Lyons.

£30 or more

Great Value discounted BMC membership

Support Mend Our Mountains even more by becoming a member of the British Mountaineering Council (BMC) - the nation's representative body for walkers, climbers and mountaineers. (for non-BMC members)

£50 or more

Mend Our Mountains Hoodie

Limited edition Mend Our Mountains Hoodie with unique 'Beaten Track' artwork, designed by Tessa Lyons, on the back.

£60 or more

2 of 5 claimed

Columbia 'Explorer' 20l bag in Red

"Columbia are supporting every UK National Park with amazing kit, and now they're supporting Mend Our Mountains too. This unisex backpack is a top choice for days on the hills, with well thought out features that improve every aspect of your hike. Roll top closure provides easy access, while the multi-point lash down system keeps everything in place."

£125 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Merrell 'MQM Flex Gore-Tex'

Merrell's 'MQM Flex Gore-Tex' is a high-quality hybrid mountain shoe. We will contact you for size information. Ts and Cs apply.

£175 or more

0 of 1 claimed

YHA - 2 nights for up to 4 in a private room

Courtesy of YHA Stays - 2 nights for up to 4 people in a private family room, at any appropriate YHA subject to availability. Other Ts and Cs apply.

£10 or more

4 of 4 claimed

Vango Vacuum Flask

Grab a great vacuum flask, courtesy of Vango, when you donate £10 or more to Ben Vane.

£15 or more

10 of 10 claimed

Mountaineering Scotland wind jammers

Wrap up warm this winter and support Mend Our Mountains.

£15 or more

5 of 5 claimed

Columbia 'Watch Cap II' beanie hat

"Columbia are supporting every UK National Park with amazing kit, and now they're supporting Mend Our Mountains too. A year-round staple fashioned in classic sailor-cap style, featuring a cozy acrylic-nylon blend with vertical ribs for fit and comfort."

£20 or more

5 of 5 claimed

Pack of 12 Clif Bars

Delicious Choc Chip flavour.

£40 or more

1 of 1 claimed

A3 print of Sron Ulladale

A high quality print of the Sron Ulladale photo-diagram from the new SMC Outer Hebrides Guidebook, signed by Rab Anderson.

£40 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Montane Prism Glove

Win a Pair of Montane’s amazing Prism Gloves (RRP £45.00), these revolutionary PrimaLoft insulated, and Pertex outer fabric warm gloves have a micro pack size and a superb warmth to weight ratio., Ideal as multi-use gloves that will live unnoticed in your pack or pocket, they can easily be pulled on when needed.

£50 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Signed copy of new SMC Outer Hebrides Guidebook

A copy of the brand new climbing guidebook to the Outer Hebrides, produced on behalf of the Scottish Mountaineering Club and signed by authors Kev Howett and Rab Anderson.

£75 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Mountain Skills Course + MS membership

Mountaineering Scotland one-day mountain skills course + year of complimentary membership Navigation or winter skills course – subject to availability. Individual, joint or family memberships

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