75 colleagues of Marty Stephens at KPMG have raised over £27,000 for the SMT in his memory, by completing the mammoth Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge. The walk in early May this year went under the banner of The Marty Stephens “Smash It” Challenge and It keeps alive his legacy in the professional services firm KPMG.
Kingussie Community Development Company (KCDC) has won a £9000 SMT grant for work on the Creag Bheag path near the hill’s summit. The path is “the jewel in the crown” of the town’s 20-mile path network, and will soon provide an even finer circular hill walk, with fantastic views across the Spey valley.
The SMT has made a £20,000 grant to the Venture Trust charity so that more vulnerable people can benefit from a wilderness journey through highland Scotland. These journeys are the centre of VT’s intensive programme for people who face the barriers caused by addiction, poverty, unemployment, a convictions history, or mental health troubles.
The wild Scottish mountains are important to hillwalkers so the SMT wants to ensure they are valued and protected. While Scotland has large areas of wild mountains a report released early in 2022 reveals that this “wildness” is in long-term decline, and the rate of loss is growing.
This Scottish charity runs courses for 10–18 year olds, mainly at indoor and outdoor climbing walls. and with an award of £1960 from the SMT, they’ll help more youngsters start climbing in Scotland’s great outdoors in 2022.
The Scottish company Mhòr Outdoor enables people from socially excluded backgrounds to get out on Scotland’s hills, and the Trust is supporting it through a £2000 grant.
Mountaineering Scotland is continuing it long term commitment to ensuring we can get to enjoy our mountains.
Mountaineering Scotland’s SMART courses (student mountaineering and rescue training) are at the core of its safety and skills work and have been regularly supported by the SMT’
Where can you go to read of the exploits of the great Scottish climbers such as Munro, Raeburn, Murray, Weir, Patey, Robin Smith, Dave Macleod, Guy Robertson and Julian Lines told in their own words in one place?
In 2018 the SMT provided funding to install a webcam and weather station at the CIC hut that broadcasts information about the conditions on Ben Nevis.