Clean and Hike is a campaign initiated by the adventure enthusiast, Arnaud Laviolette, two months ago with the start of the outdoor season. He thought about creating a program which will ensure that the outdoor community is aware of how we should leave no trace when enjoying the outdoors and how important it is to keep it clean for the next visitors.
This was the second edition: on the first edition we had 44 participants and the second edition which took place on 6th of October, we had a total of 141 participants from different parts of the UAE. At the end of the activity a very impressive amount of 880kgs of mix trash was collected and RAK Waste Management and RAK Recycles sent it to their centers to recycle.
It was an impressive turnout showing how much people care for the country that we spend most of our time in and for doing adventures. Another high point was to see people from different communities, different backgrounds and cultures coming together for the same purpose of helping the environment we live in.
All participants contributed to the success of the event but we cannot forget that this campaign would not be possible without the approval of RAK Waste Management /RAK Recycles and our very supportive and important partners.
ZSI Trading who truly support this initiative as the only outdoor retail company who gave hats to all participants as part of the safety essentials, fruits to start the day, and sunglasses to protect the eyes from sunlight.
A group of dedicated team leaders and the planners behind the whole event.
All the participants were very important to us as they had to come from Dubai/Sharjah/ RAK/Ajman/Abu Dhabi. It was truly amazing to see their involvement and the excitement in their faces. It was an incredible morning full of energy. We sincerely hope that everyone outdoors is mindful enough and treats the trails and location they visit for their activities with respect and leave no garbage behind. ■
Words by: Arnaud Laviolette