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.
In 2019, the centenary of Sir Hugh’s death, the Munro Society has mounted a fine travelling exhibition, The Munro Legacy, and the Trust is delighted to have contributed £1000 to the venture.
Hebrides Mountain Rescue Team has probably the biggest territory of any team in Scotland; all the way from Mingulay to the Butt of Lewis. What it hasn’t had up to now is a permanent base. A grant of £8,000 from the Trust has brought that a step nearer.
The Trust was proud to be a major funder of this project to restore a footbridge over a powerful river, more than 10 km from a road, a gateway to the wild hills of Knoydart and now part of the Cape Wrath Trail!
A grant from the Trust will help more people with dis- abilities to enjoy climbing, both indoors and out.
The last 400 m of the main track up Goatfell are never going to be a stroll, but thanks to path work this year they’ll be safer and more enjoyable. The Trust provided £5,000 towards the project.
Midwinter 2020 sees groups of young people bridging the gap between summer and winter mountaineering, in courses subsidised by the Jonathan Conville Memorial Trust (JCMT)
The Dundee Mountain Film Festival is the UK’s longest continuous running mountain film festival, and the SMT has supported it for 37 years.
In November 2016 eight Carlton Athletic Recovery Group members went on an emotional journey to Everest Base Camp helped by grants of £4500 from the SMT.
The Outdoor Access Trust for Scotland (OATS), supported by a £12000 grant from the Trust, has removed the white scar on Carn Liath of Beinn a Ghlo.