Mountaineers Set to Clean the Everest

April 19, 2011

Unlocking Word Meanings
Read the following words/expressions found in today’s article.

1. expedition (n.) [ek-spi-dish-uhn] – a trip by a group of people for a special purpose
Example: We went on an expedition to the nearby province to do some research.

2. trail (n.) [treyl] – a path or track made for people or animals
Example: We followed a long trail to the top of the mountain.

3. summit (n.) [suhm-it] – the highest point of something (usually of a mountain or a hill)
Example: I hope to reach the summit of Mount Everest someday.

4. porter (n.) [pawr-ter] – a person whose job is to carry baggage or supplies for others
Example: We were assisted by the hotel’s porter when we arrived.

Read the text below.

An expedition to clear out tons of garbage left on Mount Everest was organized by a team of mountaineers. 

The team was led by an experienced Sherpa guide named Apa, who has climbed the Everest for at least 20 times.

(Sherpa is a member of a people of Tibetan stock living in the Nepalese Himalayas, who often serve as porters on mountain-climbing expeditions.)

Apa first climbed the Everest in 1989. He said that due to the effects of global warming, the trail going to the summit, which was used to be covered with ice and snow, is now formed with bare rocks. This makes the trail more dangerous for climbers nowadays.

After man had been able to reach the summit in 1953, thousands of mountaineers have already climbed the Everest. These climbers have left lots of trash like ropes, tents and empty bottles of oxygen on the mountains.

The team goals to bring down all these garbage, which is estimated to weigh up to 5,000 kilograms, with the help of fellow climbers, guides and their porters. For every kilogram of trash, they shall be compensated with 100 rupees ($1.40).

Viewpoint Discussion
Enjoy a discussion with your tutor. 

Discussion A

·         What do you think will happen to Mount Everest if people continue to leave their trash there?
·         What other ways do you think can be made to protect our mountains?

Discussion B

·         If you were to come up with these rules, what rules would you make?
·         Is it important for climbers to know about these rules? Why or why not?

April 19, 2011