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A Fitting Tribute to JMT and MRT

When I went up to Fort William at the end of April, I really didn't know what to expect.  I hadn't visited Fort William since 2011 and meeting people for the first time can be quite nerve-wracking.  However, pulling into the Morrisons' car park I was met by Rory Syme from John Muir Trust.  Rory was really keen to link up after James Hoye (technical advisor on this website) recommended the trust has a worthy recipient of funds from the new map.
Peter examines his creation on the Ben Nevis Tourist PathI was famished after a 4.30am departure from near Kendal, so after a hearty breakfast we drove around to Corpach for a photo opportunity with the map.  Rory wanted to grab some images for various press releases and I was mighty pleased to find MunrOverground being featured latterly in The Herald and The Scotsman.  It was interesting to go to Corpach, as I had travelled to Mallaig from there in the previous summer on a lovely day trip which also gave me time to think about my latest creation and to consider issues confronting me over the map's design.

With a few images collected, we retired to Fort William where we arranged a meet with the JMT Chairman John Hutchison.  John was in Corpach over the river, so with road works hindering easy travel both Rory and I met on the bridge over the Lochy River.  It was a worthy location, linking tallest Ben with the relatively recent Victorian rail bridge over the river.  It seemed fortuitous that this location linked mountain with rail so well.  John hadn't seen the map before but really likes the map.  He stated, “The MunrOverground is hugely inspiring, I’m sure that anyone who loves Scotland’s wild places would be glad to hang it on their wall.

“We are really happy that Peter has decided to support the John Muir Trust through sales of the map. It seems fitting since the Trust look after many of the wild places featured, including Ben Nevis, Schiehallion, Quinag and Sandwood Bay.”

John Hutchison at IverlochyRory then drove me out to Glen Nevis where we began a short ascent up the tourist path onto The Ben.  Sadly his idea of photographing me beneath a Ben Nevis finger post had to be abandoned as the sign had mysteriously lost its 'finger'.

After whetting my appetite for Ben Nevis, I vowed to walk there a day later and an ascent which will undoubtedly become one of my most memorable.  Rory had to return home in the evening, but I took advantage of my journey north to complete my intended summit attempt on Ben Nevis (you can read about that here).

Undoubtedly, it was a lovely few days in Scotland and being able to meet with those concerned within the JMT organisation was excellent.  It is a great thrill to raise money for such an excellent cause and with a slightly increased retail price I can even offer some cash to Scottish MRT.  As someone who walks on the mountains of Britain and the world, I feel that supporting these brave volunteers is the least I can do.

Shaun Roberts, Project Manager for Scottish Mountain Rescue said: “We are delighted to be associated with such a creative project and are very grateful for the offer of contributions.  We have over 1000 team members volunteering to save lives throughout the Scottish Mountains, any hour, any day, any weather. Contributions from sales will go towards supporting the many initiatives currently underway within the national organisation which represents and supports the 33 individual rescue teams.”

N.B. £1.50 from each sale will be donated to the two charities named here.  £1 will continue to be donated to Fix the Fells for every copy of Tubular Fells purchased. Many thanks to all those who have supported Peter and his new project so far.

I just love these maps with original design, blending iconic concept with love of our wild places.
Stuart Brooks, Chief Exec. of the John Muir Trust

>£10,000 - THANKS!

Since April 2011 'Tubular Fells' has now raised just over £10000! >£10000 raised for Fix the FellsThis is an astounding figure and thanks to everyone who has shown their support by buying the map.  This figure is enough to produce over 100 metres of stone pitched path.  Many thanks to everyone who's purchased the map so far from as far afield as Leeds, London, Canada, Massachusetts, New Zealand and Hawaii!
  • £10-one metre of revegetation alongside a path
  • £25-one tonne of stone moved to site
  • £50-one 25kg bag of special upland grass seed
  • £100-one metre of stone pitched path
  • £250-one stone lined path cross drain
  • £600-one hour of helicopter flying time to move stone