A MOUNTAIN OF TRASH
The Climb & Clean project was the brainchild of Massimo Faletti, an expert mountaineer from Trentino and an alpine guide instructor. With this initiative, Massimo wanted to raise awareness among climbers and non-climbers about the need to prevent littering and to allow future generations to experience nature and the beauty of the mountains. The areas near crags are marred by accumulations of all kinds of trash that damage the landscape, the environment, and the many forms of life that live there.
During a trip to Pakistan, Massimo crossed paths with Matteo della Bordella, a climber and president of the Ragni di Lecco (“Spiders of Lecco”) climbing club, with whom he shares a passion and respect for the mountains and climbing areas. The two climbers bonded over their light style of mountaineering and, especially, the belief that we can all improve this world only by acting in harmony with nature and the environment. Climb & Clean emerged from this common purpose and debuted in April 2021.
Karpos, which has been working with Massimo and Matteo for quite some time, enthusiastically joined this initiative, consistent with its mission of caring for the mountains and the land, and hopes to be able to continue to support it in the future.
“We hope that more and more people will decide to participate in projects like this and that we will all thus have an increasingly significant and positive impact on the environment ”
Giuseppe Lira – Karpos Brand Manager
2021 PLAN: FROM TRENTINO TO SICILY
The goal of the first edition of Climb & Clean was to inform people about the need to act immediately to change their habits and lifestyle and contribute to the collective well-being. In this regard, the involvement of a large number of organizations, local institutions, volunteers, and friends who have collaborated in the success of the program should be emphasized.
“ This project belongs to everyone. Many parallel initiatives are being launched, each making its own small contribution to a great cause. This is the project of all the volunteers who have worked hard and who continue to work hard every day. It is the project of Johnny, Marco, Beppe and many others who joined us on cleaning days ”
Massimo Faletti – Founder of the Climb & Clean Project
The choice of crags as areas of intervention was significant. These are places that are accessible to large numbers of people and that must be preserved so that everyone can enjoy their beauty and the activities that can be engaged in there.
To send a strong message, the team decided to extend the project across the entire country, paying particular attention to the walls that are most representative of climbing in Italy.
“ We believe that the issue of waste is something that cuts across the whole mountain world and that concerns each of us. This is why we decided to start from Trento and travel to Sicily, symbolically uniting all of Italy in the face of a common problem ”
Matteo della Bordella – Partner of the Climb & Clean Project
THE PROJECT LOCATIONS
The first stop on the itinerary was the Forti di Civezzano crag, near Trento, one of the most recognized climbing areas in northern Italy, with more than a kilometer of wall suitable for all climbers.
In the three days of work on-site, the team collected 4,500 kg of garbage of all kinds (including household appliances, bags, and containers with substances harmful to the environment), clear evidence of the seriousness of the situation.
The group then moved to the province of Syracuse, near the Gola di Buccheri. Around the crag of Sant’Andrea, 470 m high and suitable for beginners, the same amount of material was collected as at the Forti of Civezzano. Much of this waste, including the remains of a car, had been abandoned for some time, and special equipment was needed to remove it.
The Climb & Clean program concluded in San Vito lo Capo, near the Salinella cliff, where climbers climb right by the sea. The more than 1,000 kg of rubbish that were found near the wall, including diesel oil cans and plastic packaging, were collected and sorted for proper disposal.
CLIMB & CLEAN BY THE NUMBERS
The assessment of the first edition of Climb & Clean cannot be other than positive, as the initiative’s large participation and numbers suggest. In the ten days of the project, more than 10,000 kg of trash were collected, divided as follows: household appliances and metal (42.75%), plastic (19.75%), tires and inner tubes (13.5%), undifferentiated waste (13.25%), and glass (7.75%).
Added to the large amount of garbage collected is the reduced impact on the environment due to the means of transport used. Massimo Faletti and Matteo della Bordella took the high-speed train from Trentino to Sicily and used an electric car to move around the local areas.
The use of these vehicles made it possible to reduce emissions of CO2 and other pollutants by up to 75% compared to the quantities produced by the most commonly used vehicles, such as planes or gas-powered cars, over the more than 3,800 km planned.
In this way, the promoters of the project wanted to launch a further appeal, demonstrating how everyone, in their own small way, can help minimize the impact of their activities on the environment.