As part of our annual Plastic Cap Challenge, we pledge to rid our crags and dear natural areas of unwanted litter! The move pushes for two cleanups; one at the beginning of the month and the second during the last weekend of February. With the intention to spread the word about plastic pollutants and the importance of litter reduction, we took to social media to share with others our experience. Today, if you don’t already follow us on IG, I share it with you!
In good COVID-19 fashion, our initial cleanup plan fell through the day prior to our trip. We had intended to drive to San Antonio, TX and work on a fun but incredibly littered crag. However, one of our companions had to cancel because someone in his bubble had tested positive for the virus. We take precautionary methods very seriously, thus we decided that cancelling the trip would be the most responsible thing to do.
Regardless of the sudden change of plans, our commitment to the cleanup was still strong. Carrot and I decided to drive to an area near our house to pick up the trash that covered the grass and parking lot of the strip. I admit I did not know what to expect, as my brain had already prepared for Cliff bar wrappings and beer bottles’ galore. HOLY COW! Indeed, I was not prepared.
You find the oddest of objects in the strangest of places. As soon as we arrived, we parted ways to collect trash. Carrot instantly disappeared while I juggled to record, collect, and not get my hands wet! I successfully managed to snap a shot of what seemed to be cotton or used toilet paper. I later spork Carrot near the gutter, grabbing a strange looking object. “Is that a pan?!” I asked, “What’s cooking?” He said, as he hiked back up.
Grossed out by the contents of the pan, I could not stop but wonder how it even got there in the first place. Walking even further in, I found a pile of nail salon trash by a back door. Cottons, small plastic bags, cuticle sticks, and more. I was very upset. It was then when I realized that the same people that work in the mall strip are the ones polluting the space. Instead of properly disposing of their trash, they threw it out without any regard. It was a vivid reminder of how careless and polluting we can be.
Our teammate High-Clip was able to do a proper Climb+Cleanup near her local crag, these are the weirdest items she found:
-men’s underwear (donuts on them)
-empty condom wrapper
-foot or two of chopped garden hose
-pulse monitor (the type you have in a hospital that they have to attach an electrode to or whatever like if you got an EKG or something idk I’m no doctor but you’d know it when you saw it)
What have been the weirdest items you have ever found?
We invite you to join the our cleanup move on February 27. Let’s make a difference by creating awareness!