In September 2014, I shared about my trashy run experience on Mt. Hood Ski Bowl. My mission was to pick up everything in my line of sight during my ascent and descent. And that’s just what I did—by the time I finished, my large plastic bag was overflowing with beer bottles, cans, plastic from bindings and ski poles, and miscellaneous papers.
Last month I returned to the mountain for a training run but I wasn’t prepared to pack it all out. Yesterday, I came prepared and had the same mission as nearly two years ago: Pick up all the trash I can carry off the mountain. I learned a few things from my first trashy run, particularly the importance of double bagging to prevent any bag mishaps. I should have triple-bagged yesterday.
It was a beautiful day on the mountain—the sun was out and Mt. Hood was always in view. When I started my ascent I assumed my 13-gallon bag would be sufficient; little did I know I could have used at least two bags. By the time I got to the top of the mountain, I had to make trash concessions or my bag would have burst at the seams. [Continue Reading]