19 April 2010

Spring cleaning on Mount Everest

MPR reports on a Nepalese program to clean Mount Everest. 20 Sherpas will remove some of the dead bodies and garbage that have collected over the years.

The team said it plans to remove at least five bodies from a narrow trail between South Col and the summit, but has not identified them. In the past bodies have generally been removed only from lower elevations, because dangerous conditions have made removing bodies from the "death zone" nearly impossible.

The team also plans to remove some 6,600 pounds (3,000 kilograms) of garbage from the zone.

"We will carry empty sacks and fill them with empty oxygen bottles, food wrappings, old tents and ropes from the area," Namgyal said.

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