1-800 - Got-Junk? Asian Trekking heads-up from Mount Everest

Posted: May 08, 2012 03:29 pm EDT

(Newsdesk) The climb on Everest south side continues with remaining teams on the mountain fixing rope to the South Col (last high camp) yesterday. Asian Trekking report their clients are done with final rotation to C3 and their Sherpas cleaned almost 600 kgs (1300 lb) of junk from Everest south side in the past weeks.

The Eco Everest climbing Sherpas brought down 579 kilograms of garbage (1300 lb) to Base Camp for the "Asian Trekking Cash for Trash Program" with a further 86 kgs and 71 kgs from high camps on May 6 and 7.

Paul Thelen, Eberhard Schaaf, Vit Morava,·Jan Morava, Rajendra Singh Pal, Binita Soren, Meghlal Mahato, Kapil and their support climbing Sherpas have returned to Base Camp from C3. Peace climbers Nandini Cholaraj and Sanjay Pandit spent an extra night at Camp 2. Gia had to descend to BC from C2 due to Khumbu cough. Lumbini to Sagarmatha Everest team made a rotation to C3. Lhotse climber Jakob Urth spent 2 nights at camp 3.

Deputy Leader of the Eco Everest Expedition Loveraj Dharmshaktu who will try to become the first Indian to summit Everest without supplementary oxygen, acclimatized up to C3 with Nima Dorjee Sherpa and returned to Camp 2 Monday.

Asian Trekking expedition leader Bill Burke is relocating to Everest north side, where Tamae Watanabe and Muraguch have returned to base after rotation to the North Col.

Independent climbers are rare on Everest these days. The closest you get are Simone Moro, Ueli Steck, Chad Kellogg and a few more. Others close are mountaineers in loosely assembled outfits such as Summit Climb, 7-Summit Club and Asian Trekking who buy in on logistics but usually make their own climbing decisions.

Free-spirited outfits and their members are fun to follow. Headed by Ang Tshering Sherpa, AsianTrekking is the oldest and biggest climbing and trekking outfitter in Himalaya. This year the team includes another set of interesting characters and veteran mountaineers:

Eco Everest leader 70 year old Californian Bill Burke (the oldest Everest Summiteer outside of Asia) originally planned to ascend Everest from both sides this season but ran out of time and has now flipped to the north side.

Tamae Watanabe, the oldest female Everest summiteer will try and repeat Everest via the north side at the age of 73.

Arjun Vajpai, the youngest Indian Everest Summiteer planned to attempt both Cho Oyu and Shishapangma this season but was forced to abort due to AMS he contracted on summit push during foul weather in high camp.

Three time Everest summiteer Eco Everest Deputy Leader Loveraj Dharmshaktu will try to become the first Indian to summit Everest without supplementary oxygen.

Georgian Parliamentarian and President of International Mountaineers Association Gia Tortladze is back to Everest from the south side, after already bagging eight of the 14, 8000m peaks.

12, 8000er summiteer Ryszard Powlowski leads a Polish Everest North Side expedition.

Ted Atkins is inventor of the popular Top-out oxygen masks.

German “Sky Skier” Luis Stitzinger with wife Alix von Melle and friends plan to ski down Manaslu, the first descent top to bottom. Luis has summited Cho Oyu, Gasherbrum II, Nanga Parbat, Dhaulagiri and Broad Peak. He climbed Makalu to 8050 meters in 2010 and K2 to 8000 meters last year. One of the most achieved “sky skiers” worldwide, Stitzinger did ski descents on GII, Nanga Parbat, Broad Peak, and K2.

Under the banner “Lumbini to Mt. Everest Youth Leader’s Peace Expedition 2012” a 10 member Nepali Team led by Krishna KC is climbing Everest for Peace and the establishment of a New Constitution.

Nepali Marathoner Sanjaya Pandit climbs Everest for climate issues, religious harmony and cultural heritage.

Renowned mountaineer and environmentalist Ken Noguchi from Japan and his team members are back to Nepal to climb Mt. Saribung in Mustang, Nepal.

"Cash for Trash"

Since 2008, the Eco Everest Expeditions sponsored by Asian Trekking and The North Face have collected and brought off the mountain over 13,500 kgs of previous expedition garbage and over 450 kgs of human waste produced by Eco Everest Expedition.


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