We rely on the mountains for so much – our sport, our livelihood and, of course, our physical and mental well-being. So it’s no surprise that we are passionate about protecting our wilderness areas for the future. Peak Mountaineering operates a range of environmental initiatives to try and minimise the impact our business operations have - a range of initiatives we believe sets us apart from many other providers.
As we live and work in the heart of the UK's most popular national park we are committed to protecting it in any ways we can. We work with several local organisations and for the last five years we have, among other initiatives, run an annual litter collection and outdoor activities event that has become extremely popular. Participants help clean up the park (last year 96 volunteers collected over 120kgs of rubbish in only 2 hours) and we then provide a selection of free outdoor activities as thank you. We work closely with the Peak Park Conservation Volunteers on this event and have also helped them with other litter collection activities including using our climbing expertise to clear up some very challenging difficult to access litter hotspots.
We also, many years ago, made it our policy to adhere fully with the environmental guidelines of the UIAA (Union Internationale Des Associations D’Alpinisme) and we have used these as a benchmark ever since.
For all our foreign trips our prices include a ‘carbon-offsetting levy’ which we use to purchase carbon credits to minimise the impact of the emissions for the flights we take. As far as we know we are the first guiding company to run this scheme, and while we appreciate that it doesn’t solve all the environmental problems our trips cause, it helps far more than doing nothing!
Finally, as a responsible company we always try to look at simple ways to minimise our environmental impact such as reducing the amount of paper we use, having our t-shirts printed onto organic cotton, using recycled paper, reducing our energy output, encouraging car sharing and, perhaps most importantly, by providing good role models through our work with young people.