Respect the Mountains and KEEN Combining Forces in the Alps

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The first edition of the EnviroTrek in Samoën, France has been truly great. 70 participants from various countries removed a big pile of trash from the Vallee du Giffre and had an adrenaline rush in the afternoon with rafting, rock climbing and via ferrata.

The day prior to the event the clouds burst. The rainfall and thunderstorms made the EnviroTrek uncertain. The forecast of rain was 50-50%. The day started dry and luckily stayed dry despite the dark clouds.

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After an early morning yoga session three groups went out to different section in the Valley Giffre by different means of transport: By foot, by bicycle and bus. Groups were accompanied by walking guides.

The clean up made everybody hungry, so the BBQ lunch was a very much needed break to fuel up for the second round of the day: adventure sports! Giffre rafting on the river, climbing the sheer cliff near Sixt on the circuit via ferrata and rock climbing routes up the near Gorge du Tines was the perfect reward for bringing back around 200 pounds of trash from the beautiful mountains of the Grand Massif.

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A big thanks goes out to Arno and Jessica of AlpAdventures and the tourist boards in the Vallée du Giffre for organizing the EnviroTrek in Samoëns. We’ll be back next year!

Above photos and content taken from EnviroTrek blog