Originally Posted by Buffalobob
Mountain climbers are one of the trashiest people who exist. They leave everything behind on the mountain including their friends. I once saw an estimate and pictures of the expended oxygen bottles littering the final phase of the climb.
I hate to have 'em all lumped together like that. While certainly true with some that have that mentality on Everest, the vast majority of climbers I've met over a 20+ year career climbing adhere closely to the "Leave No Trace" or "Pack It In, Pack It Out" philosophy--even to the point of carrying your own feces out, a National Park Service requirement on Mt. Rainier, for instance. I believe you'll find that more than one expedition has gone to Everest specifically to clean up the mess, which is great, but it's a mess that never should've happened in the first place, IMO.
BTW, statiscally, in terms of total number of people killed, I believe you'll find the Matterhorn to be the worlds deadliest mountain to climbers for several reasons, some of which I learned summiting it in '99.
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