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Paul F. Giorgio

Paul 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 !

But 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.

More to clean up ?

Yes, 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.

So 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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