29,000 ft. Eyesore

Oh, check out this lede, from the German newsmagazine Focus:

Trash, excrement, corpses: pollution on Mount Everest is reaching dramatic proportions. Environmentalists are now demanding installation of toilets.

Is no place now safe from humankind’s depredations? Apparently even the top of the world’s highest mountain is now so frequented that it looks like some penthouse-lounge where no one particularly feels the obligation to pick up after themselves. (Oh, and corpses: that plus corpses.)

According to Focus, the organization currently bringing this dire situation to light is called “Eco Himal,” and their spokesman is the splendidly-named Phinjo Sherpa. These folks have been doing their best to try to clean up the mountaintop since 2008, already hauling away 13 tons of trash, 400 kg of frozen feces and – yes – 4 bodies.

But they claim they can’t handle it by themselves anymore – and they’re not bluffing. They refuse to butte out of the matter until proper sanitary facilities are installed up there

And yes, there at the top of the article you also have a magnificent panorama of a portion of the very same mountain. I squinted and looked hard: couldn’t make out any corpses. Can you?

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