I’m sure nobody involved in SOTA would deliberately leave litter on a summit. I was advised that a SOTA activator had been up on a commonly activated SOTA summit and found several of the fence posts complete with used Ty-Raps attached loosely. From their experience they reckoned the Ty-Raps looked like they had been used to secure a fishing rod to the fence to support an aerial. Perhaps they had been left attached to be used again. Perhaps the owner had forgotten to remove them. Or perhaps the owner just could not be bothered clearing up after them. Perhaps they were there for some other valid reason. But said activator did feel they were out of place and would have removed them but had no suitable tool with them at the time.
From experience, most walkers are very conscientious at not dropping litter. It’s rare I find anything discarded deliberately on the hills by people I consider real walkers. I’m sure I’m not alone in picking up the odd bit of rubbish and carrying it back with me to dispose of properly.
SOTA activators stand out compared to what are regarded as normal hill walkers. So please can I ask that we all do our best to ensure we clean up after we have activated and don’t give others a chance to brand us as litterbugs. Check there’s nothing left like Ty-Raps, pieces of insulating tape, bits of rope etc. Then just before you leave, check again.
Leave only footprints. Take only memories. And any litter you find