F. Giorgio, who reached the Summit of Everest on May 24th,
2000 as a member of the Jagged
Globe Expedition, and then again on May 23rd, 2001 returns again to Everest
in Spring 2002 !
the story for today is not Paul, but oxygen bottles.
After seeing a story about an expedition who in 2002
plans to clean up old oxygen bottles on Everest's
south side targeting the Camp 4 area, we were somewhat
surprised. However, then we realized the world
probably does not know that "essentially all the
oxygen bottles" from Camp 4 have now been taken
off the mountain, according to Paul and others. On
Saturday, we interviewed Paul to confirm this
information before writing this story. "As of the
23rd, the bottles were gone. My Sherpas could not find
any more to bring down when looking around." Paul
told EverestNews.com. Now, yes there are probably a
few more up there buried or somewhere, however the
point is, the bottles from Camp 4 on Everest's South
side are basically gone. Paul's expedition has about
70-72 bottles in American now from the 52 to present expeditions
that they found on the mountain.
to clean up ?
but not used oxygen bottles ! Tents, gas cans, junk,
food containers, etc. Expeditions the last few years
have really cleaned up their own trash for the most
part. The junk that is up there came from the early
expeditions, including the earliest expeditions, which
in some cases left everything.
if planning to pay for an expedition by raising money
by bring old oxygen bottles down, well, how about
tents ! or Pringles cans :)
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