|Black Diamond Clean Up Fontainebleau
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Over Easter Black Diamond was in Fontainebleau and passed out compostable
plastic bags. The climbers helped clear 250kg of rubbish from the large bouldering areas with great success.
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Over the Easter holidays Fontainebleau is always crowded with climbers, hikers and
Easter holidaymakers. Black Diamond felt this was the perfect opportunity to raise awareness amongst people
who enjoy natural environments. There is lots of rubbish in the forests around
Fontainebleau, rubbish which has been carelessly tossed away.
During the Easter holidays Black Diamond parked their bus in the parking lot at Fontainebleau, at Bas Cuvier, Cul de Chien and Isatis. Their objective was to motivate climbers to participate in the clean-up campaign and raise their awareness with respect to
bouldering areas. Using flip charts and striking up conversations, Christian Lehmann,
Business Unit Manager Climb and boulderer and Black Diamond athlete Nalle Hukkataival, explained their idea to the people they met and
the people marched off with the compostable plastic bags and collected rubbish together.
Some of the rubbish was really nasty, the kind that could only be picked up using gloves
and tongs. However, the initiative was not just about filth, but rather also about each and
every individual's behaviour on the rocks: clean climbing boots thoroughly, because dirty
climbing shoes polish the rocks. Don't leave any tick marks and always clean the grips so
that they don't become sticky with magnesium.
“Bas Cuvier is clearly much cleaner than
prior to the cleanup campaign. I have never seen the area so clean,” said Nalle.
The evening following the bouldering and clean-up session the busy climbers met for a beer
back at the Black Diamond Bus at the parking lot, turned in their bags of rubbish and
chatted, engaged in discussions, exchanged opinions. “The people felt at ease and
wanted to spend more time with us. It was an awesome meeting place after a day on the
rocks,” said Christian Lehmann.
During the 3 day campaign, over 250 kg of rubbish was collected, which was then
delivered to the regional Forestry Commission Office for disposal. The forest rangers were
excited about the fact that this was initiated by the climbers. We would like to express our
gratitude to the numerous climbers who assisted us in cleaning the areas.
The clean-up campaign was a successful event and is mentioned in the blogs and social
Check out Nalle's journal entry and video here.
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