National Park Service weighs new rules for human waste on Alaska’s Denali

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National Park Service weighs new rules for human waste on Alaska’s Denali

Members of the U.S. Army’s High Altitude Rescue Team from Fort Wainwright Army Base near Fairbanks, Alaska, unload supplies from the team’s CH-47 Chinook helicopters for the National Park Service’s 7,000-foot level Denali base camp on the Kahiltna Glacier near Talkeetna, Alaska. The National Park Service is considering new rules for the disposal of human waste generated by climbers on North America’s tallest mountain, Denali.

National Park Service weighs new rules for human waste on Alaska’s Denali

Members of the U.S. Army’s High Altitude Rescue Team from Fort Wainwright Army Base near Fairbanks, Alaska, unload supplies from the team’s CH-47 Chinook helicopters for the National Park Service’s 7,000-foot level Denali base camp on the Kahiltna Glacier near Talkeetna, Alaska. The National Park Service is considering new rules for the disposal of human waste generated by climbers on North America’s tallest mountain, Denali.

National Park Service weighs new rules for human waste on Alaska’s Denali

Denali, North America’s tallest peak, is seen from an airplane flying over the Alaska Range near Talkeetna, Alaska. The National Park Service is considering new rules for the disposal of human waste generated by climbers on the Alaska mountain.

National Park Service weighs new rules for human waste on Alaska’s Denali

Matt Anderson, a guide and mountain climber, carries a green Clean Mountain Can, a portable toilet, on his backpack as he ascends Denali in Alaska along the West Buttress Route. The National Park Service is considering revised rules for climbers that would require human waste to be deposited in a crevasse at 14,200 feet or at the Talkeetna, Alaska, ranger station. Current rules allow climbers below 15,000 feet to deposit waste into other deep crevasses but research indicates the glacier at lower elevations may not render it inert.
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