Bonington backs John Muir Trust campaign to win £18,000

Chris Bonington and his dogs Bella, Bodie and Alfie, Suilven behind in 1986 - Photo Chris Bonington Picture Library

Sir Chris Bonington and his dogs Bella, Bodie and Alfie with Suilven in the background in 1986

The John Muir Trust path restoration project on Suilven in north west Scotland was nominated by Berghaus to win £18,000 of funding from the European Outdoor Conservation Association (EOCA) and has been shortlisted for the online public vote.

Sir Chris Bonington, having his own fond memories of his own adventures on Suilven, has backed the project.

Now 81, Sir Chris Bonington has been climbing and exploring around the world for over 60 years. He first visited Suilven in 1952, while still at school. Over the years, he has traversed Suilven four times and has put up two new climbing routes.

The path restoration work on Suilven is expected to cost around £200,000, will be carried out by the John Muir Trust and the Assynt Foundation, under the umbrella of the Coigach-Assynt Living Landscape (CALL) Partnership and will set out to restore an eroded 2.5km section of the route.

EOCA is a not-for-profit environmental outdoor charity with over 120 national affiliates across the continent. Berghaus is a member and supporter of the association and nominated the Suilven path restoration project in the Alpine category (for projects located at high altitude). The online poll will stay open until noon on Monday 19 October and Suilven faces competition from four other nominees in Italy, Spain, France and Rwanda.