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Kevin for all your.. by Bleck Cra   (Show all posts)
kevin carroll
2012-09-19 20:17:55
track repairs
"Improvements or remedial action to mountain areas/tracks should surely only be done to the extent of saving the area/track from further erosion - at ground level only. With all of our technical ability, surely it must be possible to stabilise the area/track without making it highly obvious that such action has been taken? "

After my previous responce to Bleck Cra a few months back I promised myself not to put a toe back into this shark infested debate, but the above paragraph on top of a lot of silly talk about cable cars and steps to the top of mountains, and health and safety and making it too easy for people to access the hills etc. have persuaded me to dive back in. Firstly the above statement, he says "with all our technical ability", the problem is it doesn't exist, if it did there would'nt be any debate. I have been in Mountain Meitheal for many years and the biggest problem we face is providing a sustainable track that fits in with the surroundings and is'nt an absolute eyesore. For instance how does one make a hardwaring and lasting trail across soft boggy ground and make it blend in, what material do you use, stone or gravel is out, so the only answer to date is the dreaded sleepers. If march-fixer has the answer to these thorny problems which have eluded us all over the years I would like to invite him to come out on Mountain Meitheal, even for one day, just to put us on the right track (pun intended). We're always willing to learn.
The other topic that has been exercising peoples minds is new tracks making it safer and too easy for walkers. There is no doubt when we repair a badly worn track it invariably makes it easier to walk on, but this is only the consequence and not the motive for the work. As far as I am concerned hillwalking is something we do at our own risk and people should be able to look after themselves. I honestly believe that if the issue was simply peoples safety and comfort that not one metre of track would have ever been laid or repaired. The reason I personally got involved in the work on the trails was to try to help to repair the damage done by myself and the thousands of others who take to the hills every weekend and I never once gave a thought to peoples safety.
Kevin Carroll
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markwallace 6 hours ago.
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MOUNTAINVIEWS MEMBERS MEET SEPTEMBER 2018
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simon3 19 hours ago.
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