So What’s the Cost?
The other day I was reading that Everest’s Climbing routes had been re opened so now for the first time in two years the mountain has been climbed. The first people there were of course the Sherpa’s who are preparing the way for the 300 foreign climbers who are waiting to climb.
When I was young and I first started hearing about people climbing Everest. It always amazed me how little people spoke about the Sherpa’s. Adventure tourism is a big industry for what is the poor country of Nepal. I don’t know the ins and outs of the economic effect the reduced climbing has had since the climbing stopped 2 years ago but I’m guessing it’s quite big to what is a poor country.
Originally this blog was going to be about the changing goals and using restart of the climbing as a Metaphor but the more I started reading the more the neurons in my brain started firing. Up until 1985 Nepal only allowed one expedition a year now there are no such restrictions in 2014 over 600 people climbed the mountain. That amount of people along with the support they need have some impact. I found this interesting piece on that.
The obvious figures from that piece are that 15,000 kg of rubbish and 11,000kg of excrement are removed a year that along with the 270 bodies that mainly remain on the mountain. To use a cliché ‘the world has got smaller’ I remember when it was a big thing for anyone knew to go to mainland Europe. Nowadays that’s just normal. Those of us in the western world have the opportunities to travel and see things that a generation ago were just a far off dream. Even though we can go to the these places should we? One person may not have an impact on a remote spot but as that place becomes more popular and is not perceived as remote more damage can incur. Maybe we should be thinking twice before heading to these places? Even places close to home can be affected Ben Nevis. the Peak District and Mount Snowdon have become so popular that serious environment management is needed.
Now as a runner that loves the trails I’m not saying we shouldn’t be going to these places but I think over the next years some serious thought and discussion needs to take place into maintenance and use of the natural environment. How would it be in generations if our grand Children couldn’t experience the places we can now?