Everest risks contamination by a growing mountain of human waste

The climbers who each year attempt to follow in Tenzing and Hillary’s footsteps to  the summit of Mount Everest are threatening to bring environmental disaster to the  roof of the world – by their toilet habits.

The head of Nepal’s mountaineering association has warned that human waste left when climbers use holes in the snow as lavatories is contaminating the world’s highest peak. Some 700 climbers spend almost two months every year on Everest’s slopes during the season when conditions allow climbers to reach the peak – from this week until May – and are leaving large amounts of faeces and urine buried in the snow.

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  • ontario john

    I blame the Jews and Harper.

  • Brett_McS

    Watch out where the huskies mounties go; don’t you eat that yellow snow.

  • simus1

    This is absolute rubbish.
    No doubt some scammers are about to start another “save the world, send me money right now!” effort. Nature loves urine and crap, it makes the plants grow. If climbers don’t like the taste of the “pure” melt water, let them pack in their Perrier.

    • Clink9

      Kathleen Wynnn will ask the bears in Ontario to clean up after themselves.

  • G

    You can’t blame the climbers.
    Years after the climb, when you are having a bad day, (your boss is a dick somebody cuts you off in traffic) part of the bragging rights is that you took a dump on the top of the world.

  • SDMatt

    There are dead climbers up there too.

    • Clink9

      Can’t bring them down so they’re used as road markers.

  • Raymond Hietapakka

    …what a bunch of morons…too stoopid and lazy to build a proper privvy?

    • DVult

      Just put a Tom Horton’s every 100 yards or so.

      • Clink9

        Run a 28,000 foot oxygen line up to the top.

        • DVult

          Also water and a drain pipe for the top of the world Timmy’s, a bookstore, a Harvey’s, an enclosed observation deck and a souvenir shop. Maybe an escalator also.

          • Bataviawillem

            I like the escalator idea.

  • MannieP

    It’s a problem. There is a literal hill of frozen crap, rubbish, and junk from climbing parties. They can pay to haul it in, but they are too lazy and cheap to haul it out. Nepal and Tibet need tougher regulations and higher fees to sort it out.

    • DVult

      Just do what they are required to do for their dog. Bring it back down in a bag.

  • Exile1981

    A couple years ago they did a clean up (by volunteers) and they brought down like 700 bags of trash, some from the 50 and 60’s

  • Robert J. Hoshowsky

    Isn’t taking a dump atop Mt. Everest on everyone’s bucket list?