LEAVE IT BETTER
INSPIRED BY PACKING IT OUT
A group of individuals who commit to cleaning up 300+ miles of public lands in 2021
You'll find us on long trails, waterways, section hikes, local trails and public parks from sea to shining sea.
If we can carry it, or get help lugging it out, we do our best to remove it from the wilderness and put it where it belongs.
In 2021, the team picked up over 7,421 pounds of trash from public trails and waterways around the country.
Total pounds of trash removed from trails and parks since 2017:
(The majority of that is micro trash - bar wrappers, bottle lids and toilet paper.)
After taking a major dose of inspiration from the Packing It Out team, who we befriended at Appalachian Trail Days in 2015, the
Grounds Keepers Program was born!
Through the creation of the program, we (at Granite Gear, with additional team sponsorship from our sponsors!) can support even more hikers who want to “Leave it Better” and pack out trash as they hike long trails and parks and paddle waterways and lakes around the country.
For 2022, we have 10 new Grounds Keepers alongside 5 "Legacy" Grounds Keepers.
Every Grounds Keeper has previously completed a thru-hike or various sections of hikes and paddling trips, has a passion for Leave No Trace ethics, is strong in mind and body, and is committed to doing their very best to pick up as much trash as possible while outdoors.
WHAT ARE THEY ROCKING ON TRAIL?
We’ve outfitted the Grounds Keepers with a specific kit: 1 multi-day backpack or 1 portage pack, 1 Stuffsack of their choice, 1 Toughsack, 1 pair of gloves and 1 scale
Meals from Food for the Sole
UCO Ware from UCO
All-Day Adventure flask from Hibear
Coffee from Hikers Brew
Hiking shoes from Astral
Squeeze filters and insect repellent from Sawyer Products
Quilts from Katabatic Gear
Towels from Lava Linens
We hope that this program inspires others to value our outdoor areas and pack out trash as they enjoy the great outdoors. When trash is in our wild places, it’s everyone’s responsibility! Follow along to see the pounds of trash picked up, and catch Grounds Keepers on Instagram. Join us and use #TheGroundsKeepers for a chance to be highlighted!