People come from all over the world to tackle the greats – Everest, Whitney, Rainier, Kilimanjaro, and other summits worthy of making every mountaineer’s bucket list.
As one of the world’s most iconic peaks and most popular routes, an astonishing 35,000-50,000 people attempt to climb Mount Kilimanjaro annually. And while only 800 people strive to reach Mount Everest’s summit each year, the mountain sees about 36,000 visitors annually.
Climbers who take the fast route on Kilimanjaro typically reach the summit between five and nine days while most Everest expeditions take two months to complete.
When you add up all those visitors who swamp the mountain and the amount of time they spend there to complete an exhibition, it shouldn’t come as a shock that 28,000 pounds of human waste were collected from the Everest base camp just last year.
The problem begins with one climber thinking that burying their waste doesn’t make a significant impact. But what if each of the tens of thousands of mountain visitors assumed the same?
The Dangers of Abandoning Human Wastes on Climbing Exhibitions
Many years ago, people thought it was enough to bury their waste in the mountains, assuming nature would take care of it; however, over time, scientists discovered that because of the temperature, the bacteria in the fecal matter remained biologically active. And with the changes in climate, human waste that was left over the years surfaced as the ice began to thaw.
The tons of human wastes people deposit or abandon in the mountains contain chemicals, pharmaceuticals and resistant strains of bacteria, causing significant damage to the environment. And with the ice melting, that meant all the accumulated wastes and their hazardous germs were making their way down the mountain and closer to the people.
As the poop problem impacting the health and safety of mountain visitors surfaced; scientists, government agencies, environmentalists, mountaineers, exhibition guides, and nature-lovers are rallying for people to stop defecating in the mountains or leaving their bags of waste in mountain crevices or burying them in the ground.
Why Mountaineers Should Carry Wag Bags on All Their Major Climbs
To preserve the dignity of these well-respected mountains, all visitors and climbers should commit to not leaving any trace of their adventure, and that includes packing out their wastes. The responsible way to pee or poop on a major climb is to go in a waste bag and carry it with them until they find a designated disposal site.
All Restop waste bags utilize ‘Waste Alleviation and Gelling’ technology. Restop wag bags use a patented gas-impervious “bag within a bag” design to safely contain and neutralize human waste. They are landfill-friendly.
Because Restop waste bags are made of durable materials, they are puncture-resistant and leak-free; therefore, they are safe to roll up for storage with the rest of your gear. Restop waste bags come packaged to withstand travel and exposure to the elements without being damaged.
You don’t have to worry about whether the bag’s gelling and odor-deodorizing polymers and enzymes will still work despite the extreme cold. Bodily waste usually is 98.6 degrees, and encapsulation occurs immediately despite the outside temperature.