The first thing was to have the kids watch Everest: The Death Zone in a big movie night, complete with floor pillows and lot of popcorn. It was real and gruesome in the way that really got a bunch of boy's attention to the problem. I could tell they were hooked. If you want to watch it, here it is from YouTube. It was fascinating and if the kids were interested, we would get them talking with the filmmaker and first American to summit Everest more than once, David Breashears. He also directed the IMAX film Everest.
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|Some garbage collection on Everest.|
What we didn't know was the scale of the problem yet and how interesting it was to become - that was to come later.
For the same reason that dead climbers are left where they die on Everest, garbage is left too. It has become a massive environmental problem (water contamination) and religious problem (Mt. Everest is sacred) and so there is some limited collection and removal going on. But while that at face value seems - yeah, so what - what you don't know until you study the problem is how freaking dangerous that is. To get to where things are being left - you have to do this:
Which means you have to carry that garbage out over this. And not once. Nine days of walking, climbing and holding your breath. This picture says a great deal. This is how stuff gets in and out. Remember that, it becomes important to the problem the kids selected.