In last week's NCE, the scattering of ashes on mountain tops was raised.
As an avid mountaineer and member of a mountain rescue team I feel the scattering of ashes is not a issue.
However, leaving memorials, plaques and flowers is. In September last year I was on the summit of Ben Nevis and it looked more like a graveyard than the top of a mountain, with memorial plaques and rotting flowers everywhere.
If people would like to put up memorials, how about donating a bench to the local National Park or even giving time to help repair paths and help other people enjoy the area and activities that their loved ones did.
Quite a few years ago a member of the neighbouring mountain rescue team was killed in a rockfall while on a rescue. His ashes were scattered from the summit of that mountain and a memorial was placed at the National Park visitor centre, with their permission. Should this be the way to go?
Richard Terrell (G), Richard.Terrell@hyderconsulting. com