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Stinky mountain no more
Posted by: Speedy
Date: February 23, 2024 04:07PM
You’re going to have to brown bag it from now on.

[wapo.st]

Mount Everest has a poop problem. Now climbers are required to bag it.
Authorities will distribute enough poop bags for 1,500 people to use on Mount Everest

Climbers ascending Mount Everest will be expected to collect their poop in doggy bags and carry their waste back to base camp, according to new regulations from local officials as they attempt to address a long-festering littering problem on the world’s tallest peak.

Local officials with Khumbu Pasanglhamu Rural Municipality, the body that governs most of Everest, worked with the local waste management group Sagarmatha Pollution Control Committee to procure thousands of bags for climbers and staff. According to Archana Ghimire, the environment officer with Khumba Pasanglhamu Rural Municipality, authorities have bags for an estimated 400 foreign climbers, 800 support staff and 300 rescue team members. Each person will receive three bags to reuse throughout the climb and dispose of at the end of their journey.

It takes typically two weeks or more to complete the summit after reaching base camp, where climbers will receive the bags.

Climbers trashing the mountain has been an issue for years. But as adventure tourism continues its boom, the mountain’s snowy slopes and ridges are increasingly piling up with human feces and other waste. According to the Sagarmatha Pollution Control Committee’s 2022 report, that spring climbers generated more than 16,000 kilograms (35,000 pounds) of poop on Mount Everest, Mount Lhotse and Mount Nuptse, three peaks in the Khumbu region.

It’s a stinky side effect of a climbing industry that — beyond destroying the aesthetic beauty of the mountain — poses a risk to the health of the local population near the mountain’s base, and has resulted in increasingly deadly consequences for climbers and guides. Nepal issued a record 463 permits to climb Everest in the spring 2023 season, according to Reuters.



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Re: Stinky mountain no more
Posted by: hal
Date: February 23, 2024 06:46PM
We've been doing this on Mt Whitney for a long time. Some places just can't digest @#$%& easily.
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Re: Stinky mountain no more
Posted by: Pat
Date: February 23, 2024 07:14PM
There should be a mandatory $500 deposit on Whitney Wag Bags to make sure they come off the mountain.
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Re: Stinky mountain no more
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: February 23, 2024 09:32PM
....party pooper.....??



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Re: Stinky mountain no more
Posted by: Rolando
Date: February 24, 2024 10:00AM
What about the dead bodies. Don't they get freeze dried?



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Posted by: freeradical
Date: February 26, 2024 12:34PM
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