/ Remote & scenic places you have...
picked up rubbish from?
Just returned from Loch Enoch in the Galloway hills today: 1 mini prosecco bottle, 1 miniature spirits, 4 330ml cans and a sachet of Heinz ketchup (from Burger King), aka the 'Loch Enoch horde'.
About 7km along mostly very rough 'track' to get there. The usual conundrum: who carries stuff in to a beautiful, remote location for a (assuming) 'romantic' evening, presumably having selected this place for its unspoilt beauty and remoteness. And leaves their rubbish behind! Its not a place 'delinquents' go for a piss up: far too much trouble.
Skye, when walking the Skye Trail. On one day, picked up few wrappers, 6 plastic bottles and a glass bottle. Lens cap, lens hood and few other bits were found along the way as well.
Kept me wondering whether it's actually good for mountaineering folk like us to keep the tourists contained in one space. Keeps other places unspoiled...
All corners of the Cairngorms, from bothies, paths, mountain tops and spots about as close to the middle of nowhere as you can get. Some of it perhaps windblown from elsewhere (like all the deflated helium party balloons) and some left by newbie walkers and climbers, but far too much left by people who should have known better and had no excuse.
From lots of remote and beautiful locations. Sadly I am now far, far beyond ever being surprised when people who should know better leave rubbish in such places, often wedged under rocks. The rubbish is often small and weighs almost nothing, which is even more baffling. BUT IMO the percentage of people visiting who do that is small/ very small
I was scrambling in Eskdale, I was above Thor Thor's Buttress and Pen (3) and below Pen and stopped for drink and something to eat. As I was relaxing I worked my hand into a crevice in the rock and found a big glass pop bottle, from the 1950`s IIRC, I pushed it back and I guess its still there if you want it.
Seems like rubbish in the hills has been going on for quite some time
> Seems like rubbish in the hills has been going on for quite some time
Right. Good story about the old glass pop bottle. And I will not be surprised if the Romans were chucking rubbish all over the place around Hadrian's Wall - probably worth a fortune if you find any
I found a used nappy at Strathcailleach Bothy - which, if you've never been, is about as remote as you can get - no roads no tracks - at least one river crossing, etc, etc.
People are strange ( and a bit skanky )
They did to a certain extent, as I've had the pleasure of excavating some of it, but it really isn't worth a fortune (not even the metal work!).
I filled a (found) carrier bag to the top with waste on the summit of Goatfell last Saturday, including an empty champagne bottle.
Yesterday, a bottle of Prosecco wedged in a hole in a random boulder, on a random hillside, miles from the road in North Morar.
> And I will not be surprised if the Romans were chucking rubbish all over the place around Hadrian's Wall - probably worth a fortune if you find any
Did they used to drop ice screws off it in those days too?
44 gallon fuel drums from the Antarctic plateau. We live in the geological oil age. Our detritus is everywhere.
I found a instant barbecue there last year. Worst for me was while eating lunch in the Galloway hills I pulled a red plastic container out the rocks beside me. On opening I realised it had been the container someone ashes had previously been spread.
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