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Title: New Everest cleanup & awareness expedition
Post by: 7summits on Apr 5 2002, 15:26
Asian Team to Clear Garbage, Bodies From Everest

Thu Apr 4, 2:11 AM ET By Gopal Sharma

KATHMANDU (Reuters) - For years, it has been known as the world's highest mountain. But climbers say Mount Everest (news - web sites) is also the world's highest garbage dump and final resting place.
A four-nation Asian team is to set to leave on Friday for Mount Everest to clear the 29,035 feet peak of the mounds oxygen cylinders, plastic, food cans, ropes and tents left behind by other climbers.
If possible, the 29-member team will also bring down some of the bodies of the climbers who have perished on its slopes.

Ken Noguchi, who heads the team, said the climbers from Georgia, Japan, Korea and Nepal would focus on clearing the route pioneered by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa 49 years ago.

"We will try to clear up to 1.5 tons of garbage between Camp Two and South Col," Noguchi, 28, told Reuters on Thursday.

Camp Two at about 20,997 feet is also called the advanced base camp where most climbers gather before beginning their ascent. South Col at 25,918 feet is the point from there the final trail to the Everest summit begins.
The team plans to pick the garbage starting mid-April and transport it to Korea and Japan where it will be publicly displayed to build awareness about the trash on Everest.

Those returning from Mount Everest say the mountain that lures climbers from around the world each year is littered with more than 100 tonnes of garbage.

Noguchi, who climbed the peak in 1999, said he also saw three bodies at South Col during his climb. "If possible we will take the bodies down this time."
A total of 1,114 people from 60 countries have climbed the mountain so far from the Nepali and Tibetan side. At least 167 people have died on its slopes.

Noguchi has already led two cleaning expeditions to Everest from the Tibetan side and collected a total of about three tons of trash.
The rubbish was sorted out by the nationality of its origin. The Japanese trash was cargoed to Japan and displayed in several cities to generate awareness about the mountain's pollution.

"They showed big shock about the garbage," Noguchi said. "Nobody knew there was garbage on Everest."

Here's the original story on Yahoo (http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/nm/20020404/sc_nm/environment_everest_dc_1&printer=1)
Title: Re:New Everest cleanup & awareness expedition
Post by: MoT on Apr 11 2002, 22:41
I suppose that IS a great idea - just a pity that by the time I actually get to the south col in about 5 years time that the classic photo of the highest garbage dump in the world with me standing in it may not now be available. It's one of those things I've always hoped to see for myself!  :'(

Selfish huh?  :)
Title: Re:New Everest cleanup & awareness expedition
Post by: 7summits on Apr 12 2002, 13:37
Hmm, methinks that selfishness is dumping your trash after you visited a place, not trying to take your picture in it...

maybe you can adjust your goals and try be the first to be on a picture from South Col without any trash?  :)
Or you can always take a picture of you in your down suit on your local toxic waste dump  ;)

Keep climbing clean,
7summits.com team

Ps: Or you can add yourself to this pic from SC: