Cleanup has commenced!

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

The Madison Mountaineering mountain cleanup project expedition team has started their cleanup efforts in Annapurna Base Camp! Meanwhile, preparations continue to progress as the team gets ready for their first rotation on Annapurna. Expedition leader, Terray Sylvester checks in with this dispatch from Annapurna Base Camp:

We awoke to clear skies with excellent views up toward the Nilgiri Range (7061m/23,166ft), Tilicho Peak (7134m/23,406ft), and the Annapurna (8091m/26,545ft) massif directly above us. We spent the morning on three tasks: cleaning trash from a trekkers’ campsite near the lake at the terminus of the massive glacial system that pours off the north face of Annapurna, Khangsar Kang (7485m/24,557ft), and the heights that connect over to Tilicho Peak; getting settled into camp and starting preparations for our first rotation. In the evening we hunkered down as a thunderstorm rolled over the mountains leaving a dusting of graupel on our tents. We’re looking forward to our pre-climb puja tomorrow. We’ll be in touch!

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