Help The BMC ‘Mend our Mountains’ You Can Still Donate

Duckboard on marshy ground

UPDATE: 1st June 2016

Thanks to the huge success of the BMC Mend Our Mountains crowdfunding campaign, we have decided to keep the campaign running on our website to continue raising much needed funds for upland path repair projects across the UK. BMC – Mend Our Mountains lives on – you can still donate

 

UPDATE: 9th May 2016

Mend Our Mountains Extended

Direct link to – Mend Our Mountains crowdfunding campaign extended by a week

BMC ‘Mend our Mountains’ campaign to help UK peak 

Your mountains need you. Help us raise at least £100,000 for urgent path repair projects on some of Britain’s most iconic peaks.

The BMC  crowd-funding campaign called ‘Mend our Mountains’ mission is to raise at least £100,000 for environmental projects put forward by national parks within the UK.

Money raised will be channelled to the different projects through the BMC’s Access & Conservation Trust. The campaign is backed by Sir Chris Bonington and Doug Scott and Julia Bradbury.

Everyone who makes a donation will be able to say which project they want their money to be spent on Snowdon, Scafell Pike, Kinder Scout, Ingleborough, Brecon Beacons Horseshoe, Lyle Wak Walk, Dartmoor and Exmoor.

Read more about Mend our Mountains

Gift Your Gear - Donate at any Rohan Shop

7 Comments

  1. So, more money to urbanise (with duckboard and signage) the remaining wild places?

    And that is progress?

    The mountains of Great Britain have survived for about 2,700 million years. Can’t we just let them be?

  2. Peter Clinch says:

    Though I think the “vested interests” are, errrr, us, and we’re in large part encouraging ourselves.

    • strider says:

      Peter

      What you say is largely true. But add to that organisations such as the jobsworths in the National Parks bureaucracies littering the countryside with signposts and assorted markers, the tour operators, The Ramblers Association, the guidebooks, etc.

      Maybe restraint and respect could be promoted. But, I guess, that’s so 1960’s.

      I think the “Great Outdoors” becomes less great with each passing year. But there remains a lot of it so it’ll see me out. But who’ll look after the legacy?

      • Peter Clinch says:

        The Ramblers are like-minds coming together for their own mutual benefit, and signposts in parks etc. are typically set up so more people can appreciate the “wild” rather than parks having a “vested interest” in folk going places: they have to repair the paths, in financial terms they’d much rather people stop at the visitor centre cafe!

        We run the risk of being people in the traffic jam complaining about all the traffic holding us up… we’re part of the problem. I don’t know about you, but I’ve benefitted from guidebooks in my time. I think it would be something of a double standard to say that since I was using them in the notional Good Old Days they’ve become an issue and should be discouraged! This sort of thing was alluded to by Douglas Adams when he wrote, “When we told our guide that we didn’t want to go to all the tourist places he took us instead to the places where they take tourists who say that they don’t want to go to tourist places. These places are, of course, full of tourists. Which is not to say that we weren’t tourists every bit as much as the others, but it does highlight the irony that everything you go to see is changed by the very action of going to see it, which is the sort of problem which physicists have been wrestling with for most of this century.”

        The Glen Brittle path was already an appalling midden when I first came across it in the 80s, and that’s well out of the way compared to most “honeypot” sites, and well before current levels of Munro popularity. What has made it infinitely nicer was a high quality, sensitive path repair job. Same goes for Schehallion. Saying it’s not properly wild any more misses the point that it hasn’t been for a very long time. Most of our “wild land” is actually a product of highland agriculture, so “wild” is a relative term in any case.

        You can’t just remove people, the cat’s out of the bag and there’s plenty of visitor demand only counting competent visitors with no need of signposts or led groups. So the thing to do is manage it carefully, which has been going on since John Muir, well before us.

        • Peter

          Ok. You make some valid points and you obviously have a passion for these matters.
          But are you not in danger of falling into validating the Joni Mitchell dystopia … “pave paradise, put up a parking lot”?

          • Peter Clinch says:

            Of course I am… What we’re really hammering out between us is that the set of Easy Answers that work for everyone numbers zero.

            If you fence it all off then we can’t go either, despite us being (obviously!) “the right sort of people”; if you facilitate wheelchair access to every square meter you’ve destroyed (as opposed to altered) what you wanted to experience. So it’s some degree of compromise, and there’s no such thing as a perfect compromise.

  3. strider says:

    Perhaps mountains, be they mighty Everest or lowly Ingleborough, wouldn’t need “mending” if the vested interests stopped encouraging us from tramping over identified routes en masse and thereby despoiling our environment .

    Sooner or later there will be no wild places left. It’ll all be duckboard and human detritus of one kind or another.

    Wasn’t there an old song about “always destroying the things we love”?

    Sic transit gloria mundi.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*