New environmental guide for climbers and hill walkers

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THE Mountaineering Council of Scotland (McofS) has launched its comprehensive guide to environmental good practice in the form of an online document called ‘Minimal Impact Mountaineering Advice’ or MIMA.

McofS Access and Conservation Officer, Hebe Carus, said: “I receive regular requests asking where to find information about what mountaineers should actually be doing.

“Providing directions to the relevant advice had become more and more difficult as the information sources became increasingly dispersed. So, the answer is a one-stop-shop for advice relevant to all mountaineering activities.

“MIMA is a source of essential advice, and directs the reader to more detailed information on various topics.”

Scottish Access Rights are a balance of having statutory rights of access to land and exercising those rights in a responsible manner.

MIMA provides detailed information on a wide rage of topics that hill walkers, climbers, ski tourers, instructors and other leaders can refer to in order to gain a better understanding of the practical steps they can take to exercise their access rights in an environmentally responsible manner, and to help pass on that knowledge to other people.

The guide contains sections on erosion minimisation, nesting birds, dogs, camping, winter climbing, sanitation, beyond Scotland’s borders, and more.

The text has been widely consulted upon and is available at www.mcofs.org.uk/advice-and-policies.asp

McofS President, Chris Townsend, added: “Scottish Access Rights depend on us being responsible, but it is not always very clear what that actually means.

“A visit to the McofS website to read through the advice contained in MIMA should provide anyone who goes out into the Scottish mountains with a better understanding of what they should be doing in order to have minimal impact on the environment.”

The McofS is running MIMA training events later this year. For further information contact Hebe Carus on hebe@mcofs.org.uk, or go to the McofS website at www.mcofs.org.uk