Cleaning up Base Camp!

Efforts from phase 1 of the Mountain Cleanup Project last fall (photo by Terray Sylvester)

The Madison Mountaineering mountain cleanup project expedition team kept themselves busy in base camp today, cleaning up much of the trash in and around base camp! Of the cleanup efforts so far on Lobuche East, Ama Dablam, and Mera Peak, today’s effort amounted to our largest cleanup day to date! The team will continue to remove trash and waste tomorrow in surrounding areas. Expedition leader, Terray Sylvester checks in with this dispatch from Annapurna Base Camp:

Hello from Annapurna I Base Camp (4130m/13551ft)! Today we organized our largest cleanup yet here at the planet’s 10th highest peak. Our five-person cleanup crew was assisted by our guide and camp staff and, of course, our climber Nelly Attar, with whom we’re collaborating for this climbing and cleanup initiative. We wrapped up today’s cleanup late this afternoon as snow was starting to fall. Tomorrow morning we’ll wake up early and set out down the Mistri Khola drainage to pick up trash along the historic approach trail to the north side of Annapurna, which is now also a somewhat popular trekking route. From there we’ll send our first batch of waste out of the mountains to be recycled and otherwise disposed of. We’ll be in touch tomorrow!

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