Last weekend the National Park Service, the Yosemite Climbing Association, and over a 150 volunteers joined forces to collect eight pick-up loads of garbage and trash from Yosemite Valley. Climbers joined together and from campgrounds to the base of Half Dome picked up cigarette butts to abandoned mattresses.
After a final push on Sunday, the weekend event ended with a campfire in Camp 4, the campground traditionally used by climbers, where raffled prizes donated from Black Diamond, Patagonia, Metolius, DNC Parks & Resorts at Yosemite, the Access Fund and others were distributed.
Geared toward the climbing community, the organizers would like to see a similar event every year. The goal to clean up Yosemite every fall is to help Yosemite as a whole. If you would like to be part of this uplifting project, you have another chance on Saturday, October 9. The goal to cover the areas missed in September´s clean up include some approach trails and El Capitan´s summit.