As Girls Aloud say "It's all about the future, not about the past"

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  As the joint project with the South Lakes team progresses on the route to Crinkle Crags, the list of participants - like the cast of a Cecil B De Mille epic film - grows remarkably long

 The South team's blog will catalogue a long list of volunteer groups spending individual days to entire weeks on site. On a rather modest scale by comparison we were joined recently by Matthew Bond, a volunteer ranger from the National Trust's High Peak estate.

Matt was anxious to get a grasp of the differences in path repair methods between regions. He soon began to achieve this quite literally when faced with the deep blocks of local stone used here in comparison with the shallow slabs of gritstone available in the Peaks

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 Here he is in action near Cold Pike, on a section of pitching. As Matt concentrated on the stonework, the new team leader Liam Prior tackled the peripheral landscaping, dragging pieces of turf rescued from a nearby collapsed stream bank and lining the path edges with them

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This task completes the process of replacing a broad debris strewn track with a contained and vegetated one, thus :

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 Work at this location has been alternating with landscaping and stabilisation work around Striding Edge, to protect rare plants either side of the ridge. To try keep people on the straight and narrow we have been adding a few tastefully discreet route defining cairns at strategic points

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 If anyone is wondering why we appear to be building giant cairns - it's actually Catstye Cam which is far away rather than small.

 As a break from dragging turf across hillsides Liam has been undertaking extensive research on potential work for the following season.

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 Here we are on Black Sail Pass where gullies have been deepening alarmingly over the last few years. Although much work has already been done in this area protecting the historical zig zag packhorse route, previously stable sections have been debouching large amounts of debris

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Sections such as this will probably require stone pitching and calculations of metreage will provide a rough guide to how long this work might take.

High above the top of the pass the routes to the summit of Kirk Fell are looking rather precarious. In particular a deceptively benign looking line which to the gullible rambler might appear to be an easy route to the summit compared to the intimidatingly craggy principal way

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Alas after rounding a corner we see here the way degenerates into a wide mess of loose soil and scree which we will attempt to stabilise and revegetate while disguising the approach from the main route.

Looking at the scale of this problem it may occupy much of our time in 2015.

 In the immediate future however we are looking forward to our annual wild camp working holiday below Lingmell Col in Wasdale.  We have been studying weather forecasts with nervous optimism, as the success of the event may depend on rainfall levels staying within tolerable limits.

 So, as Girls Aloud say "It's all abut the future, not about the past."

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