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Nepal Is Complaining That Too Many People Are Pooping On Mount Everest

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Guardian - Human waste left by climbers on Mount Everest has become a problem that is causing pollution and threatening to spread disease on the world’s highest peak, the chief of Nepal’s mountaineering association said Tuesday. The more than 700 climbers and guides who spend nearly two months on Everest’s slopes each climbing season leave large amounts of faeces and urine, and the issue has not been addressed, Ang Tshering told reporters. He said Nepal’s government needs to get the climbers to dispose of the waste properly so the mountain remains pristine. Hundreds of foreign climbers attempt to scale Everest during Nepal’s mountaineering season, which began this week and runs through May. Last year’s season was canceled after 16 local guides were killed in an avalanche in April. Climbers spend weeks acclimatising around the four camps set up between the base camp at 5,300m (17,380ft) and the 8,850m-high (29,035ft) summit. The camps have tents and some essential equipment and supplies, but do not have toilets. “Climbers usually dig holes in the snow for their toilet use and leave the human waste there,” Tshering said, adding that the waste has been “piling up” for years around the four camps.

 

Oh put a sock in it, Nepal, if you are even a real country anyway. It’s not complicated– If you climb Mount Everest, you should be able to poop wherever the fuck you want. Maybe Mount Everest should stop being so cheap and hire a cleaning crew. Or install some indoor plumbing. Otherwise what do they want the climbers to do, hold it in? No, they are going to take a shit right there on Mount Everest where it will then be frozen and preserved for the rest of time. That’s how mountain climbing works. Especially Everest. It’s hard enough to climb that thing as it is. People die trying every year. And now they want climbers to have to worry about where they are deucing? I think the climbers have enough to worry about. Plus, isn’t shitting outside in a hole as nature as it gets? Isn’t that what being outdoors is all about? I’d be offended if the Mt Everest climbers weren’t shitting in holes. Might as well just take a helicopter up to the peak and claimed you climbed it at that point.