1)Tourist paths swarm with people who (to my eye) are under-equipped and under-prepared in the event of poor conditions.
2)Unless there are unmarked lime burial pits outside Fort William and Rowardennan an absolutely massive majority of these people remove themselves from the hills with continued vital signs and without MR.
3)This really seems to get under the skin of some hillwalkers (and very often those suffering from the zealotry of newly absorbed safety messages in the early years of their outdoor existence).
4)MR seem, generally, supportive of the current situation.
5)As someone with a passing interest in health matters the fact is that the UK is suffering an inactivity and obesity related health crisis which is getting worse. If a small percentage of those venturing up a hill with their sarnies in a carrier bag get the bug and keep on being active the health economics are likely to stack up in the country's favour.
6)Other keyphrases associated with this conversation: snobbery, elitism, holier-than-thou, mountain safety man......
I tend to think of tourist paths as being a big puncture risk to the hillwalkers' inflated sense of self-importance and risk management.
The existence of these hordes of ill-equipped, ill-prepared, unfit muppets is bad enough....
.....but even worse is the fact that most of them seem to get to the top of the hill and back down again without dying or calling out the angelic choir of angels that is MR.
That said I still can't abide actually being on the Tourist paths of Nevis or Lomond.....from my last time:
Sat for an hour and then reluctantly rejoined the Tourist Path. There were 4 figure sums of folks here. An odd experience. Stand out for me was the approach of a skin-head Geordie with his young daughter. He had an intimidating look to him – off-set by his carriage of (his daughter’s?) large pink handbag. Her angelic aura was then punctured as she turned to dad saying “You f***ing said we’d be at the top a f***ing hour ago!” – or perhaps she was practising gaelic and I mis-heard.
Good on them for being up there. But I'd rather be a few miles away from the nearest walker.