Camping in the mountains

Allow wild camping.

Why the contribution is important

Benefit of health and wellbeing from a truly 'socially distanced' form of exercise.

by aloneinthehills on May 08, 2020 at 11:15AM

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  • Posted by Johnlee May 08, 2020 at 13:44

    I am a frequent wild camper in the Scottish mountains and keen to get back out there. This activity has a very low risk of infection, provided due precations are taking in travelling to the chosen location. However we need to wait until mountain rescue teams are in a position to resume normal service, having in place suitable Covid-19 precautions. I will be looking for a go ahead for hillwalking from Scottish Mountaineering (or the BMC for English/Welsh hills) before venturing out.
  • Posted by nivek May 08, 2020 at 13:50

    Fully agree as 99% of outdoors people are responsible enough to look after themselves in the wild outdoors. Some may say that what if this what if that. The same goes for every desiticion you do in life and that starts with opening your front door. If the Government trusts us with going out the front door as responsible adults then the minority 1% is where the Police would get involved. Being outdoors in nature is the best way of reducing people's mental health issues and with the amount of suicide deaths increasing the focus on this figure should also be just as important as any other death.
  • Posted by MarcoC May 08, 2020 at 16:11

    Mental health is a serious crisis in Scotland and cannot be forgotten. Those who have had their families, friends and hobbies taken away are suffering and if we don't relax some restrictions then we can only expect the crisis to worsen. If someone can show me a valid reason that is genuinely significant to coronavirus control as to why outdoor activities cannot resume, a reason that shows the risk of hillwalking in the coronavirus fight is genuinely worse than the risk to mental health and life then I'll listen. A further look into the real terms risk is needed by The Scottish Government.
  • Posted by JLMBD May 09, 2020 at 16:58

    Can you guarantee 100% that you will not break down, have an accident on the road, trip, slip and break a leg in the hills, have a heart attack, need fuel or food in a local shop, or touch a gate that a crofter uses. 100%? Any of those things is a risk to anyone in a remote community. Many remote communities have no cases of COVID-19 and many vulnerable residents they want to protect. They get frustrated and angry when outsiders travel to their home and for good reason.
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