June 13, 2017 8:55 am
Updated: June 13, 2017 3:31 pm

B.C. Parks are being destroyed by garbage and we’ve got to change: hiker’s plea

Vince Emond and Devan Francis (pictured) picked up 40 pounds of garbage while hiking Joffre Lakes.

Vince Emond and Devan Francis (pictured) picked up 40 pounds of garbage while hiking Joffre Lakes.

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Carrying hiking equipment is pretty normal on a hike, but how about 40 pounds of garbage?

Two hikers cleaned up and carried down a mountain exactly that much garbage left behind by other trail users.

Vince Emond and Devan Francis carried 40 pounds of garbage from the trail including tents and all sorts of trash discarded at Upper Joffre Lake.

“Those solo red party cups, a lot of plastic forks, a lot of sushi trays, a lot of like tarps and random gear, we found a pan,” said Emond.

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A Facebook post by Emond says BC’s parks are being destroyed and he wonders how people walked by the garbage and didn’t think to dispose of it properly.

BC’s trails have seen a growing popularity over the years, but an unwritten responsibility comes along with hiking them.

He says hikers would hike pass them and would be shocked about what they were carrying.

“You know like ‘this is terrible, terrible,’ but then I asked a few people to carry some down and nobody actually wanted to be part of it.”

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In his post, Emond is calling on the public to take it a step further and not only take your own garbage with you but to pack out things that don’t belong to you.

He’s advising to bring an extra garbage bag and collect any extra garbage you find.

With files from Michelle Morton

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