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Projects with altitude! ....This category contains those projects located in some of the tallest, steepest, coldest, most inaccessible and most breathtaking areas of the world.
 
Please read through the details below of the projects looking for your vote. Select the project that you would like to receive funding from EOCA. 

Voting in this category runs from 8 October (00.01 BST) to 22 October (12.00 BST) 2018.

If you prefer, you can choose to cast your vote in this category of projects on Mountain Blog's website HERE
 

Looking For Your Support

The View from the Summit of Cader Idris

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Fixing eroded paths and restoring vegetation on Cader Idris, Wales

Website: http://www.eryri.llyw.cymru/home

EOCA funding is sought primarily for one of the most pressing repair priorities on Cader Idris: the path below Mynydd Moel. This steep route is usually walked as the descending part of a circular walk and repeated footfall – around 30,000 walkers a year – has caused a wide, 600 metre-long scar of unstable scree, which is exponentially worsening as walkers seek safe ways around the most heavily damaged sections. Intervention is urgently needed to: reduce erosion on the route, re-establish vegetation growth, restore the appearance of the mountain; and create a more secure and enjoyable path for walkers. The surrounding dry heath habitat is dominated by ericaceous dwarf shrubs such as heather and bilberry and home to ground-nesting birds and is threatened by the erosion. Approximately 750 tonnes of locally-sourced granite will be airlifted to the site and used to create a hard-wearing pitched path which blends sensitively into the landscape and provides walkers with a sustainable surface and clear ‘line’ to walk. This will be complemented by landscaping work. Funding is also sought to repair a 150 metre section of the Moelfryn path and a small section of the Minfordd Path, both uncompleted sections from previous work.

Carn Liath

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Mending Paths and Protecting Arctic-Alpine Habitat on Carn Liath, Scotland

Website: http://www.outdooraccesstrustforscotland.org.uk

Beinn a’Ghlo in the Cairngorms has an arctic-alpine mountain environment with tundra like characteristics and long-lasting snow patches. These characteristics combined with the steep hillsides, friable soil and fragile vegetation cover makes this upland area particularly susceptible to erosion from even a relatively small number of users. Beinn a’Ghlo has been designated as a Site of Specific Scientific Interest, recognising the importance of the area for conservation and wildlife. As well as the species-rich Nardus grasslands, Petrifying Springs, Alpine and Boreal heaths and European dry heaths to be found, it is also home to several species of upland ground nesting birds, five of which are endangered, including the Curlew, whose breeding population in the UK has declined by 62% in recent years. The increase in the popularity of hillwalking has led to informal paths developing, causing the destruction of wildlife habitats, particularly in upland areas. Carn Liath on Beinn a’Ghlo is a priority due to the extent of existing and potential for more, significant damage and requires a major path repair with light-touch techniques in some of the lower sections and a fully built path higher up the hillside, combatting erosion and encouraging re-vegetation. 

Image Steven Wassenaar

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Obsolete Facilities, Alps

Website: http://www.mountainwilderness.fr

Obsolete facilities are disused artificial equipment abandoned in natural mountain areas.  These lengths of barbed wire, abandoned ski lifts or various cables are a real plague for wilderness, environment and outdoor enthusiasts in mountains.  Until recently, there was no obligation to remove these old structures, even though they represented a great danger to humans and wildlife.  Paragliders have recently been killed after hitting cables.  Birds, including vultures, eagles and owls are regularly killed or injured by cables and other facilities – 835 carcasses were found between 2000 and 2004 in one study.  Mammals, and amphibians are also trapped in these items and either injured or killed, particularly in winter when the structures are hidden by snow.  This project, will continue the work of Mountain Wilderness, to raise awareness of the issue with local authorities, outdoor enthusiasts and online, and carry out 4 dismantling operations in Mercantour National Park, Vanoise National Park, Mont Cenis Massif and Cerces Massif, where barbed wires and other scrap remains from WW2.  In total, it is anticipated that over 100 people will be involved in clearing over 260 ha of 9 tonnes of metal.

Bog of Doom!  The Scale of the problem

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Repairing paths and protecting peat bog on Cut Gate, UK

Website: http://www.peakdistrict.gov.uk

Project Objectives: The Cut Gate bridleway runs through an area of internationally important and stunningly beautiful blanket bog habitat in the Peak District National Park. The bridleway is popular with walkers, mountain-bikers and horse riders who have championed a campaign to protect Cut Gate. The fragile peat layer has suffered from erosion and the widening of the route, which is putting pressure on the surrounding habitat of blanket bog vegetation. The project will repair three sections of the popular upland bridleway which have become highly eroded and prone to flooding. The water logged surface results in users taking a wider route, further damaging the surrounding blanket bog habitat, vegetation and peat. The bridleway will be sensitively repaired using local stone encouraging users to follow the path preventing further damage to the surrounding habitat while preserving the character of the surrounding landscape and the enjoyment of the route. 

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The funding is enabling us to repair a damaged section of the iconic Three Peaks long distance footpath and restore an area of internationally important upland habitat. Voting for our project was a simple but highly effective way for our supporters to show how strongly they felt about improving access and protecting the landscape of this wonderful area. Thank you , EOCA!
Don Gamble, Yorkshire Dales Millenium Trust