The biggest concern today for environmentalists and mountaineers are the receding glaciers. Glaciers – renewable snow and natural reservoirs of fresh water, in the form of glacier ice – are fast receding as a result of global warming and the greenhouse effect. The mountaineer has an enormous responsibility towards helping maintain an ecological balance, and ensuring that the mountain environment is not further destroyed. While trekking, rock climbing and mountaineering, his actions must have no impact, or minimum impact, on the environment – especially with regard to travelling, camping, washing and disposing of waste.
1. Remove all your litter from the mountain and bring it down to civilization (to the extentpossible) for recycling.
2. Don’t burn anything on the mountain.
3. Don’t leave anything on the mountain – not even your footprints.
4. Don’t leave any trace of your campsite.
5. Do not destroy flora and fauna in any form.
6. Do not chip, break, damage or deface rock or any natural climbing surface, while climbing.
7. Remove all equipment, including protection (to the extent possible), on faces, glaciers and ice falls. Endeavour to clear the mountain completely.
8. Remove medical debris.
9. Use blue bags for disposal of human waste, especially on glaciers and ice bodies.
10. Be careful to not contaminate any water source.
11. Carry adequate fuel, even for porters.
12. Ensure no free grazing by the expedition’s load-carrying animals.
13. Ensure no undue trampling in the countryside so as to protect, conserve and encourage the growth of rare species of flowers. Therefore, walk in a single file, wherever possible.
14. Respect local customs and cultural sentiments.
15. Contribute your bit to any afforestation efforts being undertaken.
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