Founded by Mountain Training Association member Richard Pyne, the scheme will see volunteers trek to the top of Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon on October 12, to remove as much waste from the summits and popular hiking routes as possible.
Richard commented: “I’d led groups on the top of Ben Nevis in winter before, but I was up there with a group this summer and I was appalled at the amount of litter I saw. I started filling a bag and ended up carrying down 3kg of rubbish that day. It would be good if others would get involved and help us out to clear as much rubbish as possible. We want to spread the message that it’s just not acceptable to drop litter.”
The project, which is supported by the BMC, John Muir Trust, Snowdonia Society and the Mountaineering Council of Scotland, aims to educate visitors on the importance of maintaining mountain environments, with a focus on the summer months when thousands of walkers and fundraisers take to the hills. The scheme also hopes to raise awareness of local charity workers who regularly take part in clear up events.