Mountain Meitheal have just completed and located a new mountain shelter near Lough Aroher on the Bangor Trail in Co. Mayo. For a week commencing on July 8th 2012 sixteen Mountain Meitheal Volunteers worked hard with magnificent results to position the Shelter on the Trail. They also did some trail maintenance and repair on site.
Preparation for this project commenced some time ago as Mountain Meitheal wished to recognise their 10th Anniversary in a practical way and in accordance with our aims. The carpentry and initial preparation was done off site in the workshops of Coillte Teo. in Avondale Co. Wicklow. It was erected and dismantled and transported to Co. Mayo by jeep and trailer and dropped at a forest turning circle 300 metres from the Shelter’s final position. The shelter site was levelled and prepared and a retaining crib wall was put in place by the Volunteers on the first and second days.
The Volunteers hauled the materials by hand over the 300 metre stretch in extremely wet weather and underfoot conditions over the first three days. This was a great credit to their commitment and endurance. When the materials were finally on site the Shelter build commenced and progressed well, initially in very inclement weather and finally in improved conditions over the final days of the project. After the workdays all the Volunteers returned to our forestry based campsite and their tents. They had the use of an old forestry service tractor shed as their mess hall. This had a good fireplace so it was cosy and allowed our very wet gear and clothes to dry out and added to the bonhomie of the group.
We are very proud of the effort and commitment of all Mountain Meitheal Volunteers involved in the planning, preparation and final build of the Shelter. This project showed the great effort and dedication of our Volunteer base and its an honour to be associate with such a group of people. We hope that the Shelter is enjoyed by all who pass the way (ref. F938 073). Reports of it being used arrived to us within a day of work completion. Its positioned unobtrusively but with magnificent views. More information on the project and Mountain Meitheal,s work can be found on www.pathsavers.org.
Robert Grandon (Chair) Mountain Meitheal