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2003-05-11 10:10:18 AM  
This is probably because songs about janitors don't sell.
2003-05-11 10:12:39 AM  
2003-05-11 10:14:03 AM  
2003-05-11 10:18:29 AM  
Tote that barge, carry rhat bale, clean up spill on 100,000 meter line.
2003-05-11 10:39:45 AM  
I wonder if they had to carry port-a-potties as well for the rich American bastards. Or do they just shiat directly on the mountain? Come on people. Come on!
2003-05-11 10:44:03 AM  
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They must have a union
2003-05-11 11:05:49 AM  
The porters aren't the janitors, they carry gear and help guide the climbers.
2003-05-11 11:18:56 AM  
yes, well, you know what they say...

someone's gotta do it.
2003-05-11 11:20:53 AM  
Everest could use some janitors. The approach is littered with abandoned gear, oxygen tanks, and bodies.

Somebody should pay those sherpas to walk all that crap out.
2003-05-11 11:29:53 AM  
Yeah, Everest is littered with bodies of the less successful. Must be a really boost to morale when climbing. :)
2003-05-11 11:43:24 AM  
I always like the image of these brave, rough, I-am-one-with-the-mountain types leaving tons of garbage on the most famous mountain in the world.
2003-05-11 12:07:13 PM  
Call me stupid but who is Col. Hunt? Edmund Hillary was the first person on Everest.
2003-05-11 01:05:59 PM  
What the hell? Did the submitter read the article? These aren't janitors. Now THAT would have been something heroic. There is a major problem with trash on Mt. Everest with climbers throwing away their oxygen bottles, etc. But since its so remote, cold, and thin air, its very hard to clean up and haul all that stuff down.
2003-05-11 01:22:24 PM  
Phareous: yeah, sorry, I meant for the article to look more like this one. I got 15 articles accepted yesterday, and it looks like I farked up on one.
2003-05-11 01:28:55 PM  
I was beat to the no janitors thing. This just goes to show how few people actually read articles before posting.
2003-05-11 01:44:35 PM  
How many did you submit to have 15 accepted? 400 posted? Damn!
2003-05-11 01:46:10 PM  
Climbing Everest has got to be the dumbest, most trendy, most expensive waste of farking time...I read "Into Thin Air" and shook my head almost every page.

Kudos to those who feel the need to pick up all that trash, but I really wish the jet stream would just stay up there and blow all those wannabes away...

2003-05-11 02:04:36 PM  
Nepal should tax those "look at me! I'm a cool mountain climber" types according to height.
I suggest these fees:
Everest: 8,850$
K2: 8,611$
Kanchenjunga: 8,586$

You get the poing.
2003-05-11 02:13:40 PM  
The have done lots to clean up Everest in recent years​7​1658 6
2003-05-11 02:19:35 PM  
2003-05-11 02:26:27 PM  
CB: don't remember, a couple dozen maybe, but they were all good in my humble opinion.

The above should not be construed as attention whoring.
2003-05-11 02:26:35 PM  
Spell checkers are for wimps. Learn how to spell, damn it.
2003-05-11 02:37:41 PM  
2003-05-11 02:40:56 PM  
OK, I am just curious, seriously where do these people sh i t while they are climbing? I mean they are there for days, and packed in clothes. Do they just crap their pants, do they have drop seats. I want answers people! Come on people. Come on!
2003-05-11 02:56:01 PM  
2003-05-11 02:58:27 PM  
Swingerofbirches: they drop their trousers and crap on the mountain. Given that it's very cold and ordinary bacteria populations are low, undecomposed refrigerated climber shiat litters the mountain.
2003-05-11 03:32:27 PM  
thank you Phrenile.....I find that absolutely fascinating......
2003-05-12 04:04:50 AM  
Goes to show that most twits bagging Everest K2 are sheer ego and testosterone numbnuts. You hike it in you bag it out. Contacted one of the head dudes at the nearby army base after climbing this glacier. Bloody army twits had got choppered up to the base camp so decided they could throw all their garbage off the cliffs etc. You could see plainly it was army stuff, going all the way down past the treeline. Also sent a copy to the paper, along with some pretty incriminating photos. Man was there ever an outcry. Morons had to hike up and repel down hundreds of feet (not to mention make their way inland up and over some serious ridges and through some real dense undergrowth just to get below the cliffs) to pick up all the crap they'd strewn. Then they had to hike it all out. Stupid thing was, the chopper had come back to base camp to pick em up so it wasn't like they could have brought the garbage back with em. Asshats.
2003-05-12 04:08:48 AM  
Meant to add: fitness junkies with something to prove shouldn't be allowed into the hills. Always leave litter. Always run you off the trail. Too important to stop and chat. Loved it twenty years ago before everyone had to become outdoorsy.
2003-05-12 06:24:48 PM  
A hero is unsung only until someone writes an article about it
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