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Cleaning instead of climbing

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015
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A multinational team cleaning up the Everest Base Camp.

A multinational group of climbers organised a clean-up of the Everest Base Camp after the earthquake. Pics: Ritesh Goel

After a series of avalanches triggered by the earthquake on 25 April swept down on Everest Base Camp, killing 19 and leaving hundreds stranded on the mountain, a multinational group of climbers decided that even if they couldn’t climb the mountain, they would clean it up.

Led by Major R S Jamwal of the Indian Army, the team included 35 Indian army soldiers, Melanie Southworth from Britain, Damein Francois of Belgium, Abeh Pour Ali from Iran and Americans David Breashers and Svati Narula. The group worked for four days to clean up the eastern side of the Khumbu Glacier. A large amount of debris was blown over the glacier to the base of Nuptse by the avalanche blast and would probably have remained there forever.

The clean-up team in conversation with SPCC Chairman Ang Dorje Sherpa.

The clean-up team in conversation with SPCC Chairman Ang Dorje Sherpa.

“Our team spent four days collecting over 3,000 kg of garbage which was handed over to the Sagarmatha Pollution Control Committee,” said Ritesh Goel who was part of the Indian army expedition. SPCC Chairman Ang Dorje thanked the group for their contribution.

Although the Nepal government did not officially close the mountain to climbing after the earthquake, there was no one to make the route up the icefall. Without this, it was impossible for the expeditions to make their way up the mountain. The international cleanup team was the last to leave Everest Base Camp this week.

 

 

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One Response to “Cleaning instead of climbing”

  1. p.boin on Says:

    human beings
    become
    human doings
    be safe

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