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(Daily Star)   If you're planning on climbing Mount Everest, you better bring at least one empty garbage bag to the mountain and leave with at least one full one. We're still waiting to hear if dead climbers are considered 'garbage'   ( divider line
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2014-03-05 09:46:30 AM  
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grokca: They are compost.

Not up there, they're not.
2014-03-05 09:32:58 AM  
2 votes:
Actually, many of the live climbers are garbage as well.
2014-03-05 12:16:25 PM  
1 vote:
Here's a screen grab of Green Boots.  He is commonly believed to be Indian climber Tsewang Paljor, who was wearing green Koflach boots on the day he and two others in his party summitted, although it is possible that the body may instead be that of his team member Dorje Morup.

Sherpas have suggested that it was the body of a Chinese mountaineer who had attempted the climb in 2000.  [Wiki]

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2014-03-05 11:53:55 AM  
1 vote:
The problem is that once someone has spent time in the Death Zone, they usually lack the energy/will to get down safely, much less bring down 20lbs of trash with them.  Most of the deaths occur during descent, so expecting people to hike out their trash is hopeful at best.

There should be a $10K fee (or so) to fund Sherpa-only expeditions to clean up Base Camp and the higher camps.  They're fit, used to the altitude, and need the money.  I'm sure local craftsmen/metalworkers could makes some amazing things out of all those used O2 cylinders.

Now, getting them to clean up all the dookie and bodies would be next to impossible.  The dookie poses the greatest problem, as you're digging up snow to make water, and God only knows how many people have done their business everywhere around those camps, despite efforts to keep it all on one spot.

The guided climbs should foot most of the bill, since they're most of the problem.  If I were the Nepalese climbing authorities, I wouldn't issue permits to anyone who hasn't topped out on at least one significant peak:  McKinley, Acongcagua, etc.  Not only would that separate the risky hipster neophytes from the more serious climbers, it would help spread the climbing money around to other needy countries.
2014-03-05 10:21:58 AM  
1 vote:

doglover: grokca: They are compost.

Not up there, they're not.

Yeah, this.  They're frozen meat.  George Mallory's body is still being photographed all mummified.
2014-03-05 09:53:54 AM  
1 vote:

sethen320: I don't climb mountains so maybe there's something I'm missing here. Is it a hipster-type thing where a mountain is only cool until everyone else thinks so?

To be fair it hasnt been cool to climb mount Everest in 51 years.  And even then there were people going up it, they just werent white so nobody counted them.

If I had unlimited funds I would install a weather proof gondola there and charge $10 bucks a pop for anybody who wanted to go up and down in a few hours in a catered and heated room with windows.  A quick trip with beer and corndogs, nothing else.  Run the entire operation with local sherpas and train them to maintain everything so they keep making money, hell more money than they were pulling in before.

Sell T-shirts and crap out of concession stands.  Also hire them to arange all the frozen bodies into giant letters that spell out "Welcome to the Everest Experience" on the side of the mountain for the tourist flood.

//as long as China keeps getting the same paychecks I dont think they will care.
2014-03-05 09:50:05 AM  
1 vote:

Jeet Kune D'oh: Old and busted:  Climbing Mount Everest

New hotness:  Climbing K2

Old and busted: Dying on Mt. Everest

New hotness: Dying on K2

True Hipsterness: Dying on Annapurna
2014-03-05 08:43:47 AM  
1 vote:
When the line to get onto Disney's Expedition Everest ride is shorter than the line to get up the Hilary Step you know all you need to know
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