Mend the Cairngorms (Beinn a'Ghlo)

by Mend Our Mountains in Blair Atholl, Scotland, United Kingdom

We did it
On 18th June 2019 we successfully raised £8,293 with 183 supporters in 281 days

Following the success of our Beinn a'Ghlo path repair crowdfunder, we are now accepting ongoing donations of support.

by Mend Our Mountains in Blair Atholl, Scotland, United Kingdom

During our original crowdfunding campaign, we successfully raised £8,123 with 175 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 Beinn a'Ghlo appeal. 

We're trying to raise £10,000 for one of Scotland's most amazing mountain routes - up Carn Liath on the Beinn a’Ghlo massif. You can help us repair it by pledging today - the £10,000 we want to raise will enable us to undertake urgent work to halt the erosion in this area.

The mountain

Beinn a’Ghlo lies in the southern reaches of the Cairngorms National Park, rising up above Blair Atholl in the Forest of Atholl. It is a great sprawling mountain massif rather than a single peak, with three Munro summits, vast ridges and remote corries (of which there are nineteen in total!).

The most accessible and lowest of the three Munros, Carn Liath, is a familiar sight for those driving north along the A9 at the Pass of Killicrankie. It is mostly climbed from near Loch Moraig, on its own or as the first part of the longer Beinn a’Ghlo traverse, a serious undertaking that requires a full day of committed hiking. The summit offers an excellent viewpoint looking south over lowland Perthshire. The massif also forms part of an incredibly rare and internationally significant protected Cairngorms habitat – more than 80km² is SSSI or similar.

1536171853_beinn%20ghlo.jpgThe problem

The walk up Carn Liath on Beinn a’Ghlo begins on boggy heathery ground, but as it starts to climb steeply, it soon becomes an obvious and badly eroded white granite scree scar which can be seen from miles around as it extends up the hill.

It is one of the greatest upland path priorities in Scotland due to the extent of existing damage along the route and the likelihood of increased erosion in the next five years and the risk to fragile, unique flora and fauna from trampling and disturbance. In such a sensitive and protected mountain environment, finding a complementary path repair solution is all the more complex and crucial.

The solution - and what your pledge will do

Carn Liath requires a major path repair project with light-touch techniques in some of the lower sections and a fully-built path higher up the hillside. This will combine a mixture of aggregate surfaces on shallower gradients and stone pitching on steeper terrain to address the erosion issues.

Construction work will require a huge 300 – 400 tonnes of material to be sorted out and bagged, then flown by helicopter up on to the hillside.

Part of the approach taken at Beinn a'Ghlo is to also complete preemptive repairs in other areas, hopefully meaning that these areas require less attention in the future. We need your pledges to help secure and protect this habitat, and the stability of the surrounding environment, which will hopefully last for many tens of years.


Incredible 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 Beinn a'Ghlo 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. Please select a reward below.

£25 or more

Limited Edition 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

ChiaCharge 20% off

Pledge £10 to get a discount code off online purchases at Minimum pre-discount purchase £20, other Ts and Cs apply.

£15 or more

Mend Our Mountains Mug

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

£20 or more

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ChiaCharge Sample Pack

Get a tasty sample of ChiaCharge goodies when you donate £20 (or more). Check out photos on this page. The pack contains 11 items! See below for details. 6 Mini Flapjacks - 2 each original, banana and berry flapjacks 30g 3 Karma Bars - 1 each Karma bars each, Cocoa Karma, Coffee Karma and Cashew Karma 35g 2 Peanut Butter Flapjacks - 1 each New Peanut Butter and Cocoa Peanut Butter Flapjacks 50g RRP £10

£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.

£10 or more

3 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

10 of 10 claimed

Mountaineering Scotland wind jammers

Wrap up warm this winter and support Mend Our Mountains.

£20 or more

10 of 10 claimed

Pack of 12 Clif Bars

Delicious Choc Chip flavour. Fuel your mountain adventures.

£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 'Photographing Scotland'

"Photographing Scotland: A photo-location and visitor guidebook" is Dougie Cunningham's gorgeous guide to photographing the nation, published in 2017. If you are a keen photographer who can't miss a sunrise or are on holiday using a mobile phone camera, this guidebook will take you to the most beautiful and photogenic places in Scotland.

£50 or more

2 of 2 claimed

YHA Stays - 2 nights for one person in a dorm room

YHA Stays - 2 nights for one person in a dorm room

£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.

£100 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Trangia 27-5 Stove

A full gas stove and non-stick cookset, complete with pans, burner and windshield. Loved by walkers and campers for years. Thanks to Trangia.

£125 or more

1 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 to get your size. Ts and Cs apply.

£175 or more

1 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 nationally, subject to availability. Other Ts and Cs apply.

£400 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Night-walking experience with Alan Rowan

"A goosebump-inducing opportunity to experience the hills and mountains at night, with acclaimed walker and author Alan Rowan. Alan's book 'Moonwalker: Adventures of a Midnight Mountaineer' sets out his astonishing experiences in the hills at night. You can join him, and have the entire trip written up in TGO magazine as a feature piece. Please note that the participant must be fully responsible for their own safety. Other Ts and Cs apply.

£500 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Day on the hills with Chris Townsend

A day out on the hills in the Cairngorms with BMC Ambassador Chris Townsend. At a mutually convenient time, in the Cairngorms.

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