It's been the longest work party on the hill this season: five days (from Thursday 2nd to Monday 6th April) drilling, cutting, fixing, wiring, testing and networking data from 10am to 10pm.
Dusk sky over Wanlockhead, while we were still working at the Engine Hut. Photo by Ross Dolder.
But touch wood (and we've done a lot of that over the last week), we're now on-line with two automated cameras looking down the hill across the club's ski slopes on Lowther Hill itself, all powered by just the sun and communicating to the world via mobile phone masts somewhere out there.
Mounting the solar panels and doing many other jobs at the Engine Hut. Photo by Ross Dolder.
THANK YOUWe would like to wholeheartedly thank everybody who made this happen through their donations: Ross Dolder, Blair Aitken, Ian Patrick, Freeheel aka Gordon Simpson, Scott Graham, D. C., Doug Bryce, Peter Davies, Big Dan, Cath Hoult, Ade, the McWilliam family, Val Penny, K.G-P, Liz Frew, the Jones family, Andy Ross, Jim, the Craig family, Martin McMahon, Darren and Laura, Charlotte Paul, John & Sandra Goldie, the Crawshaws family, Sally, Emma Pearson, Craig Cameron, Kim Keddie, Des Reid, Andrew Foley, Sheila Crompton, Raymond and Mhairi Duff, John Blaikie, the Futty family, the Edwards family, Jim and Margaret, Alison and Raymond Sommerville, Jen Dargue, John and Luke, Karin, Barbara Simpson, Dave McKillop, Irene Leslie, Kathy & John Oultram, Simon and Eileen Walton, Nigel, Stephen, the Steel family, Peter Woolverton, Neil Munro, Rick Patterson, Tim Mullens, Kate Hickman, C. Hastie, Peter Macdonald, Bob, November13 AKA Tony, C. Rae, Debbie Crompton, Ed Forrest, Olderalan, Helen Rennie, Mike123, John Gorman, Alan from Moffat, Barry Owen, and 4 anonymous donors.
Also, thank you so much for all your comments of support. Here are some of them:
"Thanks for making this happen. Another win for Scottish skiing" - An anonymous donor
"I don't Ski or Snowboard but being fairly local I'm impressed with what your doing for the community so I hope my donation goes a little way to helping you" - Andy Ross
"You are doing a great job!" - the Craig family
"I don't ski yet but walk the hills. Best of luck getting this" - Martin McMahon
"Glad to help having just become members. Fabulous community initiative" - Darren and Laura
"Brilliant idea"- John and Sandra Goldie
"Excellent work being done. well done to everyone, what a fantastic idea" - Sally
"Stellar effort over the past few months, pretty sure you'll hit your target" - Craig Cameron
"Great idea - web cams are so important for members like us who don't live near enough to see the conditions from our window" - Des Reid
"Thank you for providing such a great opportunity for the local community. Molly is having a great time" - Lisa, Jon and Molly
"Thanks to all the volunteers who have made the Ski club such a success, what an asset to the village" - Alison and Raymond Sommerville
"Thank you! Ski-ing in South West Scotland is awesome!" - John and Luke
"Lots of happy memories of skiing at Wanlockhead when our Dad, Dougal Scott had the ski hire and school there in 1960's" - Barbara Simpson
"Great Idea ! Can only help LEADHILLS and WANLOCKHEAD more as an all season destination . The Fourth Ski resort in SCOTLAND !!!! GOOD LUCK !!" - Simon and Eileen Walton
"Great initiative, great to see this happen for Scottish snowsports" - Stephen
"Snow in Leadhills has just got way more exciting. We are having a ball, thank you so much" - the Steel family
"Have read the updates on all the hard work on the hill to install the lift and other facilities. A webcam would be the icing on the cake" - Rick Patterson
"Well done hope your legacy will be a ski centre in the south of Scotland as well" - November13 AKA Tony
"That's the target blown away. Superb effort by all concerned" - Olderalan