Mountain man remembered through adventure grant

John Muir Trust extends its existing adventure grant scheme to commemorate Des Rubens.

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Experienced mountaineer and former Scottish Mountaineering Club president Des Rubens died in June 2016, while climbing in the Alps. A well-respected Edinburgh teacher, Des passionately believed in the value of helping people, especially young people, form a closer connection to our natural world.

Over the past 10 years, the John Muir Trust has managed the Bill Wallace Grant – an adventure grant scheme with similar aims that commemorates our former trustee, honorary secretary and treasurer Bill Wallace. Like Des, he was a lifelong advocate of the benefits of adventuring in wild places and had also been president of the Scottish Mountaineering Club.

With agreement from both Bill’s and Des’ family representatives, the existing grant will be modified to reflect Des Rubens’ interests.

The new Des Rubens and Bill Wallace Grant has already received support of £12,000 from the Scottish Mountaineering Trust – a charity established by the Scottish Mountaineering Club.

James Hotchkis, honorary secretary, Scottish Mountaineering Trust said: “We think that it is tremendously fitting that Des should be remembered in this way. We’ve supported the Bill Wallace Grant over the past 10 years because it helps get people enjoying and caring for mountains and wild places in Scotland and throughout the world. We applaud the John Muir Trust for running the Grant for free. Not only does this mean that every penny raised goes directly to grant recipients but that this suitably reflects both Bill’s and Des’ great personal integrity.”

Toby Clark, who administers the Des Rubens and Bill Wallace Grant on behalf of the John Muir Trust, said: “This is good news for all those people looking to enrich our world through adventure. Over the years these small grants have made a big difference to people travelling to wild places with a commitment to practical conservation action. Benefitting people and wild places seems an appropriate way to celebrate the lives of Des Rubens and Bill Wallace.”

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About Des Rubens - read his obituary in The Scotsman.

About the Scottish Mountaineering Trust.