Mend Our Mountains - UK wide

by Mend Our Mountains in Burton Road, Manchester M20 2BB, UK

We're trying to raise £150,000 for twelve path repair projects in UK National Parks. Pledge here to contribute to the central 'pot'.

by Mend Our Mountains in Burton Road, Manchester M20 2BB, UK

£9,499

raised of £25,000 target

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supporters
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This project is using Flexible funding and will receive all pledges made by October 21st 2018 at 11:30pm

Welcome to Mend Our Mountains: Make One Million.

We want to make a wholesale difference to the conservation of mountain and upland environments around the United Kingdom - halting erosion, repairing damaged habitats and improving access for walkers, climbers and other outdoor users. To help us reach our goal, we're trying to raise £150,000 on Crowdfunder, to support 12 individual path repair projects from Scotland to Sussex. If you're not sure which of our 12 projects to support, pledge here and your donation will be split equally between them.


Our landscape

The hills and mountains of the United Kingdom might seem timeless and invincible. But in reality they contain a multitude of fragile environments and ecosystems, and they have to be looked after. We've partnered with the UK's National Parks, alongside charities, businesses, user groups and individuals, to conserve and protect the landscape of our wild places for future generations: we're raising £1,000,000 to combat runaway erosion everywhere from the sub-arctic plateaus of the Cairngorms to the rolling chalk grassland of the South Downs. 

They might seem disparate and unconnected, but what they have in common is that they are all in inspiring locations and all need a boost from the public to be completed. Pledge now, and help us succeed in the most ambitious crowdfunding project for the outdoors ever.


The places - and what we are doing

We're the British Mountaineering Council (or BMC) and we're the national representative body for walkers, climbers and mountaineers. Mend Our Mountains is our flagship campaigning entity; it's a brand designed to bring together outdoor users, conservation organisations, charities large and small, as well as businesses and anyone else who wants to help protect and conserve our upland environments. For Make One Million, we're working with a coalition of over 40 organisations to deliver 13 path repair projects in 11 National Parks (NB for the purposes of Crowdfunding, our Exmoor projects have been combined into one).

The National Parks of Northumbria, the North York Moors, the Norfolk Broads and the Pembrokeshire Coast will also receive funding from this appeal, but at a lower level than the projects below.

The problem

More people getting outdoors is a good thing, but the drip-drip effect of countless feet takes its toll.  Without intervention, erosion scars on the most popular walking routes have been known to grow up to 30 metres wide (as wide as the M1).

Well-made, sensitively constructed paths are the best defence against this damage. But the cost of skilled labour and the challenge of getting materials to remote locations can make it expensive work: for example, it costs approximately £28,000 to maintain just one kilometre of the 40 kilometre route of the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge. 

But the challenge of looking after Britain’s paths is becoming greater and greater. 

Storm damage and extreme weather is making things worse. The floods which hit the Lake District during Storm Desmond in late 2015, for example, were estimated to have caused a year’s worth of damage to the region’s paths in a single night, much of which has still not yet been repaired.

And money is getting tighter. Much upland path work falls outside the responsibility of local authorities, and National Parks have been squeezed in recent years by budget cuts of up to 40%.

In many places paths are eroding faster than they can be repaired. 

 

The solution - and what your pledge will do

We need your support to build high-quality paths - these can vary from 'light-touch' work, where a path is essentially tidied up, to full-scale reconstruction using techniques like flagging and stone-pitching. The work is never cheap and often incredibly difficult to do. Helicopter airlifts, tonnes of raw material, specialist contractors - the costs add up terrifyingly quickly. It's estimated that in places the cost of building good quality paths can add up to over £200/metre.


We need your pledges to help secure and protect these environments with high-quality paths which will hopefully last for many tens of years. Please pledge today.


Incredible rewards

To help us reach this total (and those in our other Mend Our Mountains projects) we're working with a huge number of partners, many of whom have made incredibly kind donations - including our Headline Sponsors Cotswold Outdoor and Snow+Rock.

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It means we can offer an amazing range of rewards - from t-shirts and mugs to unique experiences. You can see all of these on the right. Take a careful look - many of the projects here on the UK wide appeal are exclusive experiences and items you can't find elsewhere. We think there's something for everyone, on any kind of budget, and we've worked hard to make sure our partners are offering you something really great in return for your valuable pledge.

If you want to take a look at all the other projects in the appeal, and see how close we're getting to our overall target, check out the Mend Our Mountains Crowdfunder Homepage


Pledge today and protect our mountains for the future.

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Organic cotton Mend Our Mountain tees. Sizes shown: Men’s Medium, Women’s Small

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Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£25 or more

Limited edition 'Mend Our Mountains' T-Shirt

Mend Our Mountains T-shirt with unique 'Beaten Track' artwork, designed by artist Tessa Lyons, on the front. Check out how it looks further down this page.

£10 or more

ChiaCharge 20% off

Pledge £10 to get a discount code off online purchases at chiacharge.co.uk Minimum pre-discount purchase £20, other Ts and Cs apply.

£10 or more

15% Discount at Cotswold Outdoor and Snow+Rock

Use in-store or online. Our Headline Sponsors are showing the love for Mend Our Mountains with a great discount across loads of outdoor products. Ts and Cs apply.

£15 or more

Mend Our Mountains Mug

A beautiful bone china mug with design by acclaimed artist Tessa Lyons.

£15 or more

1 of 20 claimed

Columbia 'Watch Cap II' beanie hat

Columbia are supporting every UK National Park with amazing kit, and now they're supporting Mend Our Mountains too. A year-round staple fashioned in classic sailor-cap style, featuring a cozy acrylic-nylon blend with vertical ribs for fit and comfort.

£15 or more

2 of 27 claimed

GB Climbing Team Kit - KID'S

Get your hands on a cool T-shirt from last year's stock.

£20 or more

2 of 80 claimed

ChiaCharge Sample Pack

Get a tasty sample of ChiaCharge goodies when you donate £20 (or more). Check out photos on this page. The pack contains 11 items! See below for details. 6 Mini Flapjacks - 2 each original, banana and berry flapjacks 30g 3 Karma Bars - 1 each Karma bars each, Cocoa Karma, Coffee Karma and Cashew Karma 35g 2 Peanut Butter Flapjacks - 1 each New Peanut Butter and Cocoa Peanut Butter Flapjacks 50g RRP £10

£20 or more

14 of 25 claimed

Pack of 12 Clif Bars

A delicious 'caddy' of 12 Clif Bars - Choc Chip flavour. Fuel your mountain adventures!

£20 or more

35 of 80 claimed

GB Climbing Team Kit - MEN'S

Get your hands on a piece of last season's kit - there are jackets, tees, long sleeves and vests available. All high-quality items made by Berghaus. Please note that due to the number of different items, this is a LUCKY DIP prize - you might get a jacket worth £100, or a vest worth £15! Indicate your size below.

£20 or more

17 of 64 claimed

GB Climbing Team Kit - WOMEN'S

Get your hands on a piece of last season's kit - there are jackets, tees, long sleeves and vests available. All high-quality items made by Berghaus. Please note that due to the number of different items, this is a LUCKY DIP prize - you might get a jacket worth £100, or a vest worth £15! Indicate your size below.

£30 or more

Great value discounted BMC membership

Support Mend Our Mountains even more by becoming a member of the British Mountaineering Council (BMC) - the nation's representative body for walkers, climbers and mountaineers. For non-members only. Ts and Cs apply.

£35 or more

0 of 6 claimed

MOM Light Night print A3

Our Light Night event on the Great Ridge (in the Peak District) in May produced some truly stunning images. Check them out here: http://shop.thebmc.co.uk/index.php?cPath=634_636 Please note: there are three different images. Please make sure you pick the one you want from the options below, choosing by the name of the photographer.

£50 or more

Mend Our Mountains Hoodie

Limited edition Mend Our Mountains Hoodie with unique 'Beaten Track' artwork, designed by Tessa Lyons, on the back.

£50 or more

3 of 5 claimed

MOM Light Night print A2

Our Light Night event on the Great Ridge (in the Peak District) in May produced some truly stunning images. Check them out here: http://shop.thebmc.co.uk/index.php?cPath=634_636 Please note: there are three different images. Please make sure you pick the one you want from the options below, choosing by the name of the photographer.

£60 or more

8 of 20 claimed

Columbia 'Explorer' 20l bag in Red

Columbia are supporting every UK National Park with amazing kit, and now they're supporting Mend Our Mountains too. This unisex backpack is a top choice for days on the hills, with well thought out features that improve every aspect of your hike. Roll top closure provides easy access, while the multi-point lash down system keeps everything in place.

£75 or more

1 of 5 claimed

Get 13 issues of TGO Magazine

The Great Outdoors magazine is created by hillwalkers for hillwalkers, and has been providing ideas, inspiration and the best gear reviews in the industry for 40 years. Take up this offer and get a year's subscription.

£150 or more

5 of 5 claimed

Get a Cotswold Outdoor Gear Bundle worth £200

Get your hands on this amazing bundle of gear from our Headline Sponsors - snap them up before they're gone! Bundle includes: Petzl Tikka 200L Headtorch: Green – RRP £30 Rab Essential Bobble Beanie: Deep Ink – RRP £25 Osprey Hikelite 18 Rucksack: Tomato Red – RRP £70 Optimus Crux Lite Solo Cook Set – RRP £65 CamelBak Eddy Bottle 1L: Oxford Blue – RRP £18

£250 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Spend a day filming with 'Walks Around Britain'

Star in a Yorkshire Dales episode of 'Walks around Britain' - you can be in the action or watch from behind the scenes, the choice is yours. Ts and Cs apply.

£600 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Be on the cover of TGO magazine + Get framed copy!

Be part of a cover shoot for TGO magazine, shot by photographer Dougie Cunningham. Better still, we'll send you a framed copy once it's gone to press. Please note that if you win this reward, the participant will need to be fully responsible for their own safety at all times. Other Ts and Cs apply.

£900 or more

0 of 1 claimed

7 night stay in a luxury glamping pod

Courtesy of our fantastic partners the Camping and Caravanning Club, you can get a voucher for a FREE 7-night stay in one of their amazing 'Ready Camp' glamping pods when you pledge. Ts and Cs apply.

£1,000 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£1000 off at Frost Guiding

£1000 off any Frost Guiding Alpine Mountaineering package for Summer 2019. Ts and Cs apply.

£1,250 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Star in your own drone-shot climbing film

An incredible prize. Shot by Skytech Aerials and ably produced and edited by the team responsible for BMCTV films, you'll be the star of a 90-120 second film all about your favourite outdoor thing. Whether it's redpointing your favourite route, biking a stunning trail, or an epic multi-day adventure, we'll get out there and film you, and turn it into a gorgeous piece of content. Ts and Cs apply.


Lets make 'Mend Our Mountains - UK wide' happen