Hikers have been left furious after fundraisers dumped an ironing board on the summit of Ben Nevis.
The board was found at the top of the UK’s tallest mountain by a hiker, who took to social media to name and shame the culprits.
Posting on the ‘NC500 The Dirty Truth’ Facebook page, the hillwalker said: “This ironing board was left up Nevis, I did some digging and found the culprit.
“If you’re going to do something for charity, maybe do something that doesn’t require fly-tipping on the summit.”
He attached a picture of himself with the ironing board and a picture of two young men. The photo showed them scaling the mountain, each carrying an ironing board.
One of the young men said in a post from August that they were taking on the Three Peaks Challenge to raise money for a dementia charity.
The Three Peaks is a challenge to climb Scotland, Wales and England’s tallest mountains, often in 24 hours. It is made up of Ben Nevis in Scotland (1,345m), Snowdon in Wales (1,085m) and Scafell Pike in England (978m).
The young men wanted to add to the challenge by doing “extreme ironing”, taking an ironing board to extreme places and ironing something bigger than a tea towel.
Extreme ironing was started in Leicester in 1997. It aims to combine the exciting and dangerous with the dull and mundane.
It was recognised as a sport by Extreme Sporting International in 1999. People have done extreme ironing while sky diving, surfing and while strapped to the back of a taxi.
While some praised the young men for their fundraising, others slammed them for leaving the ironing board behind at the summit.
One person said: “I don’t mind the madcap idea of taking it up there for a laugh or good cause but TAKE IT BACK DOWN!”
Another said: “Hope they’re traced and fined. No respect for our beautiful country.”
A third said: “Hopefully they will see this and come to collect their rubbish.” Meanwhile, another simply added: “How disrespectful.”
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This notice was published: 2023-11-16 09:23:00