The British Mountaineering Council has acted to help address problems caused by the Three Peaks Challenge. The BMC has donated £3000, through its charity, to a website set up to work with those planning on undertaking the challenge to manage its impact on the landscape surrounding Britain’s highest peaks.
The Three Peaks Partnership website offers advice on logistical planning, staying safe, and respecting the environment; which is ideal for challengers, alot of which are often inexperienced in the hills. As such, this is a valuable resource in preserving the surrounding areas and protecting them from the excessive erosion, noise pollution and littering that has plagued the challenge in recent years and perhaps led many more experienced walkers and hikers to cringe at its mention. Offering a list of guidelines and registration for those groups larger than ten members should hopefully impose a sense of responsibility of those wishing to summit Ben Nevis, Snowdon and Scafell Pike in the interest of raising money.
The BMC Access and Conservation Officer, Rob Dyer, commented: “The new Three Peaks Partnership website is a fantastic resource, bringing the information needed to organise the challenge together in one place.
Some may view the website as further promotion of an already very busy challenge, but gone are the days of simply saying ‘don’t do it’. The approach taken by this site, and supported by the BMC and ACT, is to accept that the challenge is so well known that numbers are unlikely to decrease, so educating participants and organisers is now crucial.”
Raising money for charity is of course a noble activity, but the damage caused to the areas of our National Parks such as Wasdale, in the Lake District has been heavily documented. Carey Davis, of the BMC, wrote an article last year reporting on the people that were attempting to “control the chaos” in Wasdale. This new effort by the organisation will help add more provision to The Three Peaks Partnership website and hopefully increase its visibility on social media and its ranking when people are googling “Three Peaks Challenge.”
Along with Wasdale; Llanberis and Glen Nevis are beautiful examples of what the UK has to offer for those who want to explore the outdoors. With some added weight behind this initiative, there is encouragement for their preservation.
More information can be found at http://www.threepeakspartnership.co.uk/