A spokesperson writes:
As part of a series of mountain clean up events held across various European mountain destinations since 2009 including Germany, the Netherlands, Austria, France and premiering for the first time this summer in the Czech Republic, Respect the Mountains in conjunction with KEEN present their third UK Envirotrek for Summer 2014.
This year's series will see the Envirotrek first visit to North Wales to Llanberis in the glorious Snowdonia National Park on the 17th August, followed by a return visit to the Lake District a week later on 24th August.
The increasingly popularity of tourism in the mountain environments across Europe presents a huge conservation challenge. The environmental footprint is considerable and so popular mountain destinations are becoming increasingly in need of both public awareness of the environmental issues and practical on-the-ground action to clear them of waste in order to maintain their natural beauty and enjoyment for future generations.
Envirotrek helps to address this need, giving back to these important natural areas by hosting hikes and clean ups – fun, practical events that are both enjoyable and effective.
From just 100 participants in the inaugural series in 2009, the event has grown to almost 500 people being involved in clearing some 2630 kilos of rubbish during the 2013 series.
WHEN & WHERE:
For 2014 two events will be held in the UK
17th August 2014 – Llanberis, North Wales - Snowdonia National Park
24th August – Lake District (stay tuned to <http://www.respectthemountains/envirotrek> for precise location details over the next couple of weeks)
WHAT CAN I EXPECT..?
Each participant in Envirotrek is required to fulfill an important mission - two hours of hands-on cleanup action! Participants are equipped with health and safety protective kit and plastic (or biodegradable) bags, with allocated teams being established and briefed on their area of responsibility.
Fun initiatives are set and prizes are given at the end of each Clean Up mission for example for 'The most waste collected’, 'The most unusual piece of rubbish found' or 'Best Team Player'.
After their exertions on the hill, participants can refuel with a delicious BBQ lunch including meats, salads and vegetarian options.
Participants then can spend an afternoon enjoying a wide selection of fun mountain adventures, including climbing, via ferrata, mountainbiking, canoeing, rafting, GPS-tracking, and more.
All of these activities are managed by local companies that have been selected by Respect the Mountains for their professional client services. It is a fantastic afternoon of action and a chance to really enjoy the best of the mountains. Participants should arrive at 9.30am, with the clean up commencing from around 10am. Close of activities is scheduled for around 16.00pm at all events.
COSTS AND REGISTRATION...
For full location details, to register or for more information about the Envirotrek programme and footage from the 2013 series, log on to www.respectthemountains/envirotrek. For UK events an entrance fee of £9 is payable locally on the day. Children with a responsible adult welcome, ages up to 12 are priced at £4.50.
If you recently purchased a pair of KEENs (since August 2013), registration is free. Please take your receipt of purchase with you to the Envirotrek. Respect the Mountains can not accept a free entrance without purchase receipt.
Robust, comfortable footwear recommended (KEENs are of course ideal!). Participants are advised to bring water, sunscreen and a water/wind proof jacket.
MAINLAND EUROPE EVENTS... Can’t make these dates or heading overseas? Envirotreks will also be held in these areas:
24 May: Schwarzwald, Germany
14 June: Eifel, Germany
15 June: Landgraaf, Netherlands
29 June: Schoorl, Netherlands
8 July: Mayrhofen, Austria
19 July: Cesky Raj, Czech Republic
22 July: Samoens, France