The Cairngorm Mountain Rescue Team's fundraising walk has been a popular event for many years. On previous occasions it has centred on the Lairig Ghru, but this year's 30km course is located further west in Glen Feshie.
'This area is described by many as the jewel in the crown of the Cairngorms.' says the team's website. 'Soaking in the spectacular scenery of this wide upland glen, flanked by the highest natural tree line in Britain, it is not difficult to see why. Indeed Glen Feshie (gaelic: Gleann Feisich) means “the sheltered place from the stormy blasts”. In times gone by Feshie was a bustling glen, supporting many families; today the glen is owned by a single landlord. Natural woodland includes Scots pine, rowan, alder, birch and oak. The forest is home to squirrels, pine martin, black grouse and golden eagle.'
As one of the busiest MRTs in the UK the team's average annual expenditure can be as much as £35000 to £40000. Since only £26000 comes in funding from the Police and the Scottish Government, donations from the public are vital to continued operations.
'We hope to attact around 500 walkers to take part in the event, and currently have less than 200 registered' says Heather Morning, team member and Mountain Safety Adviser for the MCofS.
The walk will take place 25th June, with a £15 entry fee for adults and £10 for under 17s
To register for the walk or make a donation visit the CMRT website