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david kirk
2009-01-03 22:41:57
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Don't pass the buck!
Interesting piece and pics by Padodes (Dec 22) on the removal, by a military operation by the sound of it, of an abandoned tent up Glensoulan; what did they do – use flame throwers to ‘cleanse’ the site?
Litter is an affront to anyone who values our natural landscapes, whether it is an abandoned tent, a plastic bottle or a beer can (in the name of God what kind of dickhead humps cans of beer up mountains? – the beer is what you get stuck into AFTER your day in the hills) and it should be regarded as a duty by every walker to pick up and take away any they see along their way. If I may quote from a book I did some years ago on the Mournes: “The litter of the few who have not been taught to care remains an affront only as long as it is left to lie there by those who later pass by.”
Bottles or cans weigh nothing and it takes only a few second to squash it and put it in your pocket or rucksack. You don’t do it because it is ‘damaging’ the mountains; it is visually offensive, a reminder of lower life forms, but, if you want a self-interest motive, you take it away so that it won’t be there the next time YOU pass that way.
Attached is a picture of the rubbish I picked up over the course of one year’s walks in the Mournes (about 30 days) and collected as an exercise just to see what it amounted to – a bin-bag full. It’s worth the effort (take a plastic shopping bag if you’re squeamish).
Back to tents. Over the past five years I’ve come across three (plus two sleeping bags!) , abandoned reminders presumably of panic and misadventure. But you don’t pass them by bemoaning their unsightliness (while enjoying a good laugh at the misfortune of their occupants) – you roll ‘em up, pack ‘em small and take them away – don’t rely on someone else to come along with a flame-thrower. (One, with a new set of fibre-glass poles, I’m still using on occasion; the others are great as dust-sheets while decorating – but they were effing heavy to carry off!)
The principal is – if you enjoy our wonderful landscapes – keeping them decent is YOUR responsibility; don’t pass the buck!


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