Mountain Marathons, Adventure Racing, and Mountain Tours
This chapter first defines mountain marathons, adventure racing, and mountain tours and gives examples of a range of such activities and events. It then briefly discusses the history and diversity of mountain marathon, adventure racing, and high mountain tours and safety/legal issues before presenting recent data on user numbers. The final part of the chapter focuses on specific environmental impacts associated with particular events such as the UK’s National Three Peaks Challenge and the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge and highlights the need for more research. The final section considers the management of these activities and gives some examples of education initiatives that have been used in management attempts.
KeywordsMountain marathon Adventure racing Trail Erosion Vegetation Damage Wildlife disturbance Litter Noise Three Peaks Challenge
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