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Outrage at mess left on Scafell Pike

Posted 11 July 2012
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Outrage at mess left on Scafell Pike
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Those who go walking on England's Highest mountain have been reminded to look after its environment after visitors left the summit strewn with litter and human waste.

Team leader of Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team Mike Gullen has reacted angrily to the stae the mountain has been left in and has said three peaks challengers have often been guilty of such actions at this time of year.

He told the Westmorland Gazette: "It's a disgrace, I saw plastic bottles lying around, new scars on the side of the mountain where people aren't sticking to the footpaths and the smell of urine and worse."

Mr Gullen said there should be a user agreement charities sign up to when organising Three Peaks climbs.

The isolation of Scafell Pike and its position as the middle mountain in the challenge means it is more vulnerable to such abuse than Ben Nevis or Snowdon, both of which have substantial settlements nearby.ADNFCR-2803-ID-801405598-ADNFCR