So What’s the Cost?

Vegan Runner

Hi, I'm D and I live with my wife Rosie, two dogs and three cats in The Orkney Islands, Scotland UK. I am a full time carer to my wife and I love to run, I am also interested in photography and art amongst other things.

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2 Responses

  1. Faith says:

    This is one of those debates that doesn’t seem to have a right answer. I’m a small town girl. Climbing a mountain like Everest seems an impossible feat but I do see litter & soil erosion on my local mountain trails.
    Wildlife may avoid the heavily traversed areas and rare plants are destroyed by foot traffic or removal. I also see trail improvements that ruin the natural feel of a hike through the woods. One could argue that the improvements are necessary to provide access to all people regardless of age or physical ability. I agree that’s a good thing but at what cost? How do we decide which trails on which mountains should be accessible to everyone?
    Here in my community there are miles and miles of beautiful trails known only to the locals. As long as these trails are a closely guarded secret erosion and grandiose improvements are an unlikely concern. On the other hand if no one knows they’re there who sees the scenic vistas, the hidden water falls and ponds, the rock formations, the rare wild plants, and wildlife? If no one hikes these woods will the trails become overgrown and lost?
    I can understand the desire to limit access to protect our natural areas and I can understand the desire to provide access to anyone who’s heart longs to experience the wonder that is our amazing world. How do we find that balance that achieves both aims?

  2. Vegan Runner says:

    Some great points Faith. As you say there is no easy answer. In fact you’ve got me thinking abouit a follow up post. I may even quote you if that’s OK.

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