The Real3Peaks Challenge - Cleanse and Conserve

This year's date for the ‘Real3Peaks Challenge: Cleanse & Conserve' is Saturday 4th October

Real3Peaks Challenge

In 2013, Mountain Training Association member Rich Pyne was working on Ben Nevis and was shocked by the amounts of rubbish he found - posting about this on social media he soon heard back from other outdoor professionals - the UK's three highest peaks were becoming a dumping ground for near industrial quantities of rubbish. Determined to do something about it he recruited other members of the Mountain Training Association and the Real 3 Peaks Challenge was launched. Led by Rich Pyne on Ben Nevis, Kate & Ross Worthington on Snowdon and Kelvyn James on Scafell Pike together with several teams of volunteers, they brought over a quarter of a tonne of rubbish off the 3 Peaks in one day. The event attracted local and national media attention - and helped kick start the debate currently ongoing about how we encourage participation but protect our wild places.

The three Association co-ordinators are looking for additional member volunteers who are prepared to come out for the day and see if we can beat lasts years phenominal amount of rubbish removed - that's right - your chance to be a latter day womble. It really is an opportunity to give something back and show your commitment to promote sustainable use of the mountains. Its also a great opportunity to network and promote yourself.

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Scafell Pike is being co-ordinated by Kelvyn James of Mountain Services and can be contacted at

Snowdon is being co-ordinated by Kate and Ross Worthington from RAW Adventures and can be contacted on they are being greatly supported by Snowdonia National Park, Snowdon Mountain Railway and the Snowdonia Society.

Contact Rich Pyne about the Ben Nevis effort on They will be meeting at the Ben Nevis Visitors Centre, Glen Nevis at 0830 if you want to turn up on the day.

Help them to make this another great success!!

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