Keeping the mountains clean: Llanberis, North Wales

Posted by Catherine Flitcroft on 17/06/2016
Llanberis Pass and the snowy slopes of Snowdon. Photo: Shutterstock / mfarr

Want to help keep North Wales clean? Come and join the planned clean-up event in North Wales on Sunday 26 June, we need your help.

The UIAA (International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation) Respect the Mountains Series, supported by KEEN, encompasses some of Europe’s most loved outdoor regions. Over the three month summer series, hundreds of outdoor and nature lovers around Europe will come together to promote sustainable environmental practices and celebrate the beauty of mountain regions by taking part in dedicated waste clean-up operations.

Nine events are scheduled to take place in eight European countries, and we've got one at home too, in North Wales on 26 June 2016, organised by North Wales based mountain activities provider, RAW Adventures in partnership with the UIAA and the BMC.

Whether you’re a climber, hill walker, mountaineer, dog walker, cyclist, canoeist, runner or just love the beauty of Snowdonia, now’s your chance to give something back. Throughout the summer and in popular locations, there is often evidence left behind in the form of picnic debris, litter and dog mess. To keep this beautiful mountain area clean, we all have to take some responsibility and we can all do something to help.

WATCH: The BMC international summer meet 2015: Llanberis Pass on BMC TV

Clean up – Llanberis

The programme in Llanberis will start at 10:00am with participants provided with a full briefing before being distributed into groups with the cleaning equipment. The teams will also focus their attention on some obvious (and not so obvious) sites where litter can be collected – roadsides, parking areas, hillsides and wind traps. 

After a few hours of rewarding work, participants will then have the possibility to socialize around a lunchtime BBQ provided to all volunteers at Llyn Padarn. In the afternoon the focus switches to enjoying one of the many types of activity the area has to offer. This includes climbing and abseiling, open canoe or Stand Up paddle boarding, a guided trail run (maximum five miles), nature walks and other activity sessions – all facilitated by locally based providers.

Throughout the day, participants will need a keen eye as the volunteer discovering the most original piece of garbage will be awarded a prize from the KEEN product range. The event finishes at 16:00.

Find out more and register here

WATCH: The BMC international summer meet 2015: Slate, North Wales on BMC TV

During this summer’s series, the UIAA and KEEN will promote the ‘Seven Ways to Respect the Mountains’. These are:

  • Book smart
  • Travel wise
  • Support sustainable practices
  • Be a respectful mountain tourist
  • Leave no trace
  • Reduce, Reuse, Recycle & Upcycle (RRRU)
  • Spread the word.

While the 2016 series will take place in Europe, the UIAA, with the support of KEEN, plan on working with its national member federations to create a global series of events in 2017. Future plans also extend to winter programmes focused on education and mountain protection.

2016 Event Calendar & Registration

The 2016 series commences in Spain and finishes in Romania, while comprising events in Wales, Italy, Germany, Austria, France (twice) and Russia.


The Access and Conservation Trust

The BMC's charity  the BMC Access & Conservation Trust  promotes sustainable access to cliffs, mountains and open countryside by facilitating education and conservation projects across the United Kingdom and Ireland.

By educating climbers, hill walkers and mountaineers to enjoy outdoor recreation while minimising their impact on the landscape, conserving the UK’s upland resources, and campaigning for improved access rights, ACT enables future generations to continue to enjoy outdoor activities and the physical, mental and social benefits they bring to individual lives and society in general.

READ: More about the recent work of ACT

WATCH: the Mend Our Mountains: Make One Million campaign film


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