Another cynical Everest ´clean-up´ expedition

OUTDOORSmagic reports that another ´clean up´ expedition is on Everest this spring.A team led by Japanese climber, Ken Noguchi aims to bring down rubbish, oxygen bottles and dead bodies off the mountain.Everest has a long tradition of what one Kathmandu journalist has dubbed ´garbage hobbyists´, who use the ecological bandwagon to raise massive sums to fund theirorganised trips.Most ´ecological teams´ focus not only on removing rubbish from the mountain, but also try and nip in for a quick summit attempt whilst they´re there. According to Ed Douglas, writing in Trail magazine last month, the expedition has raised a huge $430,000 from Western sponsors.Compare this with the annual budget of Sagamartha Pollution Control, which has $40,000 to look after the whole of the Khumbu valley – an area which sees over 20,000 visitors a year. ( Source: OutdoorsMagic.com )