Our original plan for this year’s Earth Day clean up hike was to go out to the Jiankou Great Wall and clean up along the Great Wall.
We had to change the plan when the Jiankou Great Wall was shut down for hiking.
Instead of Jiankou, we cleaned up the first half of our Shuiquan Canyon hiking trail. Why just the first half? Because we ran out of time, as well as trash bags—we think we packed out more than 40kgs of litter, which is much more than usual.
We first cleaned up the spot where our trail crossed the Longquanyu Great Wall, and carried our first load of rubbish down to a nearby village for disposal.
On the other side of the village, we found more litter and trash. We filled up several large trash bags on this stretch, and hauled them down the trail into the canyon.
From there we hiked up the canyon, crossing boulders and streams on the way up to a popular teambuilding camp.
We found a lot of rubbish on the way up to the teambuilding camp; more than we could really take away. But at the same time, we bumped into a lot of curious teambuilding crews who showed surprise and appreciation ... and hopefully inspired them to leave less trash on their own trips.
All in all, it was a very good day’s work. Big thanks to our promo partners Gung Ho! Pizza, and especially to everyone who helped us with the clean up.
p.s. This year’s weirdest find? Probably the mysterious pile of shoes.