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Why would anyone do that?

Guest blog by Chris Goodman, Path Project Officer for the John Muir Trust, from 17th May 2017. I’m stood on the Bealach Mor on the ridge of Suilven with path contractor Scott Murdoch. It’s mid-April, the first day of the Suilven path repair work and we’re looking over the site. But Scott’s attention is drawn by a stone wall on the ridge a couple of hundred yards from us and he’s gazing towards it. It’s some bit of work, a substantial wall that’s withstood decades of gale force winds and drifting snow. You can tell Scott’s impressed by it. ‘Wow, can you imagine walking up here every day to build that?’ he says and then adds, ‘Why would anyone do that?’ I turn to look at him and begin to speak but then he catches my eye and we burst out laughing. Scott and his team will be walking up here every day for the next month to build a path, not that different in the big scheme of things to building a wall – why would you do that? It’s

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