The first Clean Olle of 2016 saw volunteers tidy Route 11 on Sat Jan 9, 2016
Getting Going and Collecting
Volunteers trickled in from around 9:00 a.m. to the friendly strains of Jeju Olle’s theme song playing over a speaker and warm drinks and bread sitting on a nearby bench. A good way to fill up to get the day started on a somewhat chilly January morning. After the official and general advice announcements were made we grabbed our tongs and trash bags.
We’re not left to fend for ourselves along the trail as we pick up the trash. For this month we had two support cars following along each providing a place for full bags and provide new bags. More snacks and hot drinks were dispensed too on demand.
Molseupobong was the only climb of the day. Thanks to the weather there were great views from the top. Gapado and Marado were visible (the end of the Korean peninsular) as were Dansan, Sanbangsan, and the snow covered peak of Halla Mountain. Having not walked Route 11 in a while it came as a slight surprise.
We sat down for food after the lunchtime rush at a restaurant a hundred meters or so off the trail and right before stepping into a forest section. Jeongsik, which is a simple workingman’s lunch that many eat here in Korea, appeared before us. Including fish, pork meat, a hot soup, and a bowl of white rice. A great re-fill for 6,000 WON each.
An afternoon in Jeju’s Gotjawal Forest
Some of the group decided to call it a day with lunch finished, but another group continued on until the end of the route. However, we did not collect trash. The Gotjawal Forest part of Route 11 is very clean anyway with minimal amounts of rubbish lying around. So it was a chance to walk, talk, and share snack food with fellow volunteers for a few hours. I got speaking to the head of the Completion Club who is a retired Korean special-forces paratrooper. Then I got speaking to one of the ladies working at the Olle airport information desk. We exchanged information and experiences with helping foreign walkers.
The day finished at Mureung-ri Ecological School. It’s a delightful countryside setting for an old school that has been converted into a team building retreat complete with grassed front play ground perfect for summer night barbecues.
February’s Clean Olle
For the second month of the year we’re going on to Route 6 in the Seogwipo area of the island. Route 6 is one of my favorites. Mark in February 13th at 9:30 a.m. from the start point. I’ll be posting more information as the date nears, but if you have any questions send a message.
– By Jim Saunders | English SNS and 2016 Trail Angel
Here are a few images from Route 16’s Clean Olle which took place on February 14.
There was a good group of volunteers out for this month along with Olle Founder Suh Myeong-suk who walked, collected, and talked with everyone as they went along the coastal section.
A lot of the trash was a mixture of that brought in on the tide and from tourists leaving behind wrappers and plastic drinks cups in rental car rest areas.
A couple of years ago Route 16 was given a really good clean for the walking festival. Yet since that time the trash has come back.
The support team provided much needed refreshments along the route with some pleasant breaks in front of the ocean.
March will see Clean Olle tackle Route 3 (to be fully confirmed) on the south-east tip of the island.
‘Clean Olle’ will be going ahead on Saturday, February 14, on Route 16. The departure time from the start point will be at 9:30 a.m.
Participants will walk the route while collecting trash they find along the way and take part in general cleaning duties. A support car will follow providing resupplies and snacks or refreshments.
Route 16 is on the north-west side of the island. It is 16.9 km in length from Gonae Port to Gwangnyeong-1-ri office.
Please prepare your typical hiking equipment. Trash collecting tools will be provided.
For a look back on previous ‘Clean Olle’ experiences please click here. See the selected photographs below.
I’m actually a fan of ‘Clean Olle’ over ‘Walk Together’ because we walk as one team throughout the day and usually get to see the same faces from the Olle academy each month. The lunch stop is together as well.
If anyone needs any further help send me a message. Car-pooling from Jeju City will be available.
It is the end of 2014 and the Clean Olle volunteers were out on Route 6 in Seogwipo to see out the final Olle trash collection of the year.
Despite the cold a number of academy graduates attended prior to their meeting and dinner later in the afternoon. Also a number of office staff including founder, Suh Myung-sook, took part in the morning’s trash collecting activities.
On each Clean Olle we’re usually treated to a lot of food throughout the day. Be it from the trunk of someone’s car before setting off in the morning. Or from a bag or box during a rest stop. Or even from a store alongside the route. December had the group stop at a Jeju grandmother operated snack stand of sorts. Warming up inside the tent we had sweet potato, pajeon, and swintari which is like a Jeju homemade rice wine.