|These don't fill themselves!|
|Ian carrying helibags up Tongue Ghyll|
Once the bags have been carried up the fell it's time to start filling them all with fairly sizeable stone, that will be suitable for the work it is intended for. So in the case of stone pitching, we look for stone that has a good, flat walking surface, alongside what we call a good face, which is the part of stone everyone will see as they walk up the steps. Before all this however we take advantage of the empty heli bags to get out of the wind and have us a brew!
|Brew in a bag!|
Refuelled and ready to go we fill the bags, getting the largest stones in the bottom four corners, medium stones on top of that and small stones filling in the gaps. A gold standard for a day of bag filling is 10 bags per ranger, but that can vary according to the nature of the site. For example on the site at Tongue Ghyll, there was a footpath directly underneath, so fillling the bags did take longer as we were being extra careful!
|Spot the rangers and count the heli bags!|
|Our helicopter for the week and camera man from ITV|