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Snowdon clear-up completed

Posted 18 November 2010
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Snowdon clear-up completed
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Those putting on their walking boots and heading up Snowdon soon may find less litter blighting the mountainside than of late, following a major clean-up operation.

Around 40 volunteers from the British Mountaineering Council (BMC) Cymru and the Snowdonia Society spent a day picking litter this month, removing a variety of items from near the paths.

Plastic bottles were the most common discarded objects, with many found around Llyn Glaslyn, which will be sent for recycling.

Other common items included clothing and discarded smoke canisters from Mountain Rescue searches.

BMC Cymru said it will need to repeat the exercise every so often as the highest peak in Wales attracts so many visitors.

"It's unfortunately too much to expect the mountain to stay litter free for long, with over 700,000 people walking its paths each year and many not realising the damage and impact their discarded litter causes," it stated.

The Pyg Track and Miner's Path are popular as they start from over 1,000 ft up at Pen y Pass, reducing the amount of ascent required.

Other popular routes include the Llanberis, Snowdon Ranger and Watkin paths.