BMC Mend Our Mountains Campaign
The number of people visiting our wilderness areas continues to grow and more users, put simply, means more path damage. Unfortunately, at the same time, budget cuts means the funding available to care for these valuable resources is falling - it’s an equation that really doesn’t add up. All national parks have been facing large cuts in grants and the Peak District authority, as an example, has lost £3.5m in funding since 2010 (which is a reduction of 36.5%).
Last week the British Mountaineering Council started an ambitious project called Mend Our Mountains. The campaign, backed by several celebrities and sponsored by various outdoor companies, aims to raise more than £100,000 to repair damaged paths on some of Britain’s most popular peaks and moorland areas. Working with eight national parks, Mend Our Mountains aims to repair damaged paths on Scafell, Snowdon, Ingleborough (Yorkshire Dales), Kinder Scout and part of the Brecon Beacons Horseshoe, as well as vital repairs to moorland on Dartmoor, Exmoor and the North York Moors.
The fundraising appeal will run for two months (until 16 May) and a genius part of the initiative is that it will be powered by crowdfunding, so donors will receive a reward in return for their contribution. Depending on the contribution this could be, for example, a day with a celebrity, a training course or a voucher from outdoor retailer Cotswold Camping. It’s a fantastic win/win idea and we hope you’ll support it. Having done the calculations, the BMC worked out that even if everyone that walked up Snowdon in one year contributed only 20p, the target would be met!
Of course, Peak Mountaineering is a Peak District based company and so, while welcoming the whole plan, we were particularly interested in the plan to repair a section of the Ringing Roger path on the edge of the Kinder plateau. It turned out that Peter, who is a graduate of one of our courses, is one of the vital volunteer hillwalking reps for the BMC Peak Area and he asked if we could publicise the campaign.
We use Kinder Scout regularly for our navigation courses and have also used the Ringing Roger path many times - of course we want to help raise awareness as much as we can. Infact, after finishing a course today, Paul took a walk up to the area to have a look at the path for himself. There is really no doubt it needs work and the Peak District National Park Authority have made it clear that if the Mend Our Mountains campaign fails to raise the required funds, no money is available to undertake the repairs needed.
So, the plea to all readers of our blog is to please help. If you can make a contribution that is fantastic and details are available on the crowdfunding page here. Even if you can’t spare any funds, please still help by sharing details of the campaign through social media (#MendOurMountains), your blog, with friends and family and by talking to colleagues at work. Every mention of the campaign is important. Peter has produced a short video highlighting the problems with the Ringing Roger path which is posted below….
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