We are committed to minimising our environmental impact and to reducing waste through all aspects of our activities. The mountain environment is a precious, but fragile resource, and we seek to support that resource through the responsible planning of courses and activities. We try to minimise the impact of our activities, and the running of our business on the environment through the following strategies:
Staff take an active role in the recycling of materials, and the use of sustainable sources of energy, such as sloar panels for rechargeable batteries. They take a lead in managing and reducing the impact of mountain activities.
Overnight wilderness stays
We won’t camp or bivouac in sensitive areas, and will not take large groups into bothies. When we do camp or bothy overnight, we aim to ‘leave no trace’ through removing all waste and not destroying or damaging flora and fauna during the visit. We do not allow camp fires.
We don’t produce brochures and other publicity materials. We communicate through the use of email and the website, and use electronic documents. Where (for legal reasons) we are required to produce a paper-based document we use recyclable toner cartridges and paper.
We carry out all waste and dispose of it responsibly. We recycle whenever possible, and try to use easily recycleable containers, such as glass, or use better quality plastic containers which have a longer life. Where equipment has reached the end of its working life, we seek to reuse it in other activities.
Contractors and Supplies
Wherever possible we obtain materials and labour from locally available sources. We seek to minimise the impact of ‘food miles’ by using locally grown products. Products purchased are considered for their functionality and longevity, rather than for their prettiness! We don’t replace products because they are not this year’s colour ….
Where possible we use public transport, or try to ensure that fewer vehicles carry more people. If group size is small we will consider cancelling or outsourcing the activity to another contractor of equal quality, qualification and experience.
Expectations of Clients
Clients are briefed about the sustainable and safe enjoyment of the environment, and are expected to minimise their impact on the environment, for example by not walking at the very edge of eroded paths, thus spreading the damage over a wider area. Where a route into a mountain area has a maintained path, these are used where possible.