Applications to the Grounds Keepers program are now closed. Thank you to all who applied. We were blown away by the amount of people who want to do the physical work of packing out trash while they hike. Keep up the good work out there, and help us support the Grounds Keepers at www.instagram.com/TheGroundsKeepers
They say imitation is the highest form of flattery, right? Since we first met them at Appalachian Trail Days in 2015, we’ve been incredibly inspired by the Packing It Out team, and are now mirroring their mission in Granite Gear’s first sponsored thru-hike program, the Grounds Keepers. Packing It Out took on both the Appalachian and Pacific Crest Trails in the last two years with a mission to clean up those sacred wild places and to impact surrounding communities by embodying the Leave No Trace principles.
For the upcoming 2017 thru-hike season, we are selecting 15 hikers to deck out in Granite Gear and be the “Keepers” on the trails during their thru-hike. The Grounds Keepers team members must have:
• Definitive plans to attempt a thru hike of a long trail in the US in 2017
• A 100% promise to “Leave it better” with Leave No Trace ethics,and pick up & pack out trash whenever possible
• Ability to be a storyteller through imagery on social media (Instagram) & the Granite Gear Journal
• Must use products supplied by Granite Gear throughout entire thru hike