Hill access

As an outdoor enthusiast I really miss being out in the hills. This means either hillwalking or climbing. Both activities during which I don't encounter many if any people. The same goes for camping. I think it should be allowed to camp, as long as not socialising or using facilities.

Why the contribution is important

Being outdoors is a crucial part of many people's lives. As hillwalking and climbing are both activities that don't involve much social contact, I don't see why they shoyld pose a problem, as long as people act responsibly.

by RocKalina on May 08, 2020 at 08:13AM

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  • Posted by MrsShort May 08, 2020 at 08:31

    The only problem is that there would likely be a huge surge of people doing these activities (in order to have an excuse to leave home) and you (and others like you) would suddenly find it wasn’t such a solitary pursuit.
  • Posted by JingsCrivens May 08, 2020 at 08:35

    I'm in favour of this with one proviso. That is that anyone requiring rescue during this time, putting the responders at risk, must pay the full cost of the rescue. Perhaps Insurance companies could sell a new policy that would help people meet the cost.
  • Posted by Annmack May 08, 2020 at 08:57

  • Posted by Shunty May 08, 2020 at 09:10

    Provided good social distancing practices are maintained and outings are restricted to individuals and small groups consisting of family members only, there is less risk of spreading COVID19 than going for the weekly shop in a busy, small space with lots of strangers.
  • Posted by Fenneke May 08, 2020 at 09:23

    The reason it's not allowed is to not put Mountain Rescue teams (who are mainly made up of volunteers) in danger should something happen to you. You can read their statement on their website: https://www.scottishmountainrescue.org/covid19-appeal/
  • Posted by Sulphonamide May 08, 2020 at 13:19

    I like the comment about having to pay for one's own rescue (and thus deciding to always be in a self-rescuing household group where possible and on easy terrain) or indeed for there to be no rescue service (that would sharpen the mind about what is safe) - but doubt that those who are most likely to need it would know, care or be put off.
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