yesterday we had a family friend over from Australia and he had recently walked to base camp at Mt Everest. he took some amazing photos and told us some amazing stuff. but one thing he told us disgusted me, he told us how much rubbish there is on Everest, about 50 tonnes, 50000 kilos or 50000000 grams. this rubbish includes a helicopter, air canisters, packaging, discarded tents, carcasses and food waste.
The above text extracts are taken from this article http://www.resource.uk.com/article/Glass/Project_turns_Everest_waste_art-2635
The pictures below are some of the pieces made by the people involved
I really love those orange insects made out of discarded oxygen tanks.
i sourced all the photos from this site http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/article-2240905/The-rubbish-adventure-tourism-Mount-Everest-turned-art.html
How does all of the rubbish end up on Everest? People drop it, Most Human waste is meant to be carried off Everest but lots of it isn't, people only need to air ascending so many climbers on the descent disregard the tanks, people carelessly drop there food packets or it escapes from there packs, food is dropped and because of the freezing temperatures it freezes and then of course there are the bodies of climbers that have died on the mountain slopes. A team of 20 nepalese climbers set out on a expedition in 2010 to retrieve rubbish and 5 bodies including including American Scott Fischer, who died in 1996, and Swiss mountaineer Gianni Goltz, who died in 2008.
I know this is meant to be a blog about marine sustainability but we all need to do our bit where ever we are. the rubbish left on Everest could easily have been taken off, the weight would have made the ascent a bit more awkward but if you carried them in you should also take them off, its the same in the marine environment, or really, any environment in the world.
"Take only photos, Leave only footprints."