By all accounts, Sherpas are some of the best people in the world. Not only are their minds and bodies far beyond the flabby yuppies that they have to shlep up the biggest mountains in the world. But they are also wise, and smart, and the people who know how badly said yuppies are fucking up said mountains.
Like shitting and pissing all over them without abandon.
Yes. In addition to becoming a tourist destination so soaked with the arrogant, foolhardy juices of rich people that Edmund Hillary would turn over in his grave, Everest Sherpas have warned that these thousands of boners are also soaking it in human excrement. With nobody even trying to clean things up.
According to the Associated Press, the chief of Nepal's mountaineering association says that human sewage has become a critical problem on Mount Everest, urging his country's government to make visitors properly dispose of their shit and piss.
"Climbers usually dig holes in the snow for their toilet use and leave the human waste there," Ang Tshering Sherpa told reporters on Tuesday, saying that feces have been "piling up" for years.
Mountaineer Dawa Steven Sherpa—who leads cleanup expeditions on Everest—agreed, telling the news agency, "It is a health hazard and the issue needs to be addressed."
As the Washington Post notes, these concerns are hardly new, Outside editor Grayson Schaffer going so far as to call the peak a "fecal time bomb" last April. By one estimate, the mountain's hundreds of visitors drop up to 26,500 pounds of feces each year.
Last year, Nepal instituted a rule requiring each climber to bring 18 pounds of trash back to the base camp, but reportedly the government has yet to develop a plan addressing human waste.
So the Sherpas climb the most dangerous peak in the world, hauling hundreds of pound of gear, and doing the incredibly dangerous job of placing ropes for the regular climbers who they'll then have to haul up the mountain. Only to climb back down this time literally carrying their shit.
Nowhere in the world is safe from assholes, even the places that kill the hell out of them. Congratulations extreme tourists, you've completely ruined one of the most incredible accomplishments of the human race, with your buttholes. You are (literally) The Assholes of The Week. Fuck you so much.