SOCKTOBER ON SCAFELL
This October, Smartwool will launch "Socktober" a charitable project that raises funds to help repair and restore England's highest mountain: Scafell Pike.
Scafell Pike is located in the Lake District National Park, Cumbria, and is part of the Western Fells. The iconic mountain is visited by thousands of pairs of walkng boots scaling its heights each year to experience the views, the atmosphere and the sense of achievement gained from reaching the summit of this spectacular mountain.
But the mountain paths are badly eroded and in dire need of repair.
For every pair of Smartwool socks purchased during the month of October at any of the following UK retailers: Cotswold Outdoor, Snow+Rock, Ellis Brigham & George Fisher, £1 will be donated to Fix the Fells.
Fix the Fells is a partnership programme between the National Trust, the Lake District National Park, Natural England, Friends of the Lake District and the Lake District Foundation. The aim of the Fix the Fells partnership is to protect the spectacular Lakeland fells from erosion and damage by repairing and maintaining the upland paths of the Lake District.
Weather dependent, the repair and restoration for Scafell Pike will take place in early summer 2019.
The work will involve stone pitching new sections of popular paths on Scafell Pike from Wasdale in the Brown Tongue and Lingmel Col area. These paths are rapidly spreading erosion, creating deep gullies and are showing serious signs of wear and tear. Due to some sections being originally stone-pitched in the early 1990s, these paths are now too narrow and rough to walk on.
The work will be carried out by the teams of National Trust Rangers, who are highly skilled in upland path repair and maintenance. These teams are renowned for their knowledge and expertise in this field and will abide by all the best practice principles for this type of work. They will be assisted by an army of over 100 dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers called ‘Lengthsmen’.
Stone-pitch new sections of path.
Remove old, failing stone pitching and replace it with new, higher quality stone pitching.
Rebuild drains and waterbars along the length of the paths.
Construct additional drains to ensure more water is taken off the paths.
Reinforce edges and stabilise the surrounding areas including through re-seeding.
Landscape the whole work area to encourage walkers to stick to the path and blend the work into the surrounding environment.
This work will help protect the paths from erosion, reduce the erosion that has already occurred and ensure a more pleasant experience for those accessing the mountain.
SMARTWOOL ON ADVOCACY
In early 2018, Smartwool joined the EOCA, (European Outdoor Conservation Association) becoming part of a group of businesses in the European outdoor industry who have come together to raise funds to put directly into conservation projects worldwide - to give back to the great outdoors.
This October, encourage friends & family to take part in ‘Socktober’ by purchasing any Smartwool pair of socks from: Cotswold Outdoor, Snow+Rock, Ellis Brigham & George Fisher. £1 will then be donated to Fix the Fells' Scafell Pike project.
If you'd like to donate more than £1, head to www.fixthefells.co.uk