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The Everest Climber Whose Traffic Jam Photo Went Viral

Nirmal Purja snapped the photograph of an overcrowded Mount Everest summit while on a quest to climb the 14 tallest mountains in the world in record time.

The photograph of a traffic jam of climbers leading to the summit of Mount Everest in May went viral, evidence of the mountain’s surging appeal among thrill-seekers and the overcrowding that has caused deaths and pollution.

The photographer — Nirmal Purja, known as Nims — is a Nepali mountaineer who has been on a journey to climb the world’s tallest peaks in rapid succession, showcasing local climbers as central actors in the history of Himalayan feats.

He and his all-star Sherpa team call the mission Project Possible, with a goal of summiting all 14 of the world’s peaks higher than 8,000 meters (a little more than 26,000 feet) in seven months.

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Mount Everest tackles 60,000-pound trash problem with campaign to clean up waste

Mount Everest tackles 60,000-pound trash problem with campaign to clean up waste originally appeared on abcnews.go.com

You don’t need a map to get to the Everest base camp, just follow the trash, says climber Dragana Rajblovic.

Rajblovic knows what she’s talking about: She’s the only Balkan woman to have conquered Mount Everest.

To date, 5,200 men and women have climbed to the peak of the world’s highest mountain, according to Ang Tshering Sherpa, former president of the Nepal Mountaineering Association. Another 775 are planning to test themselves against the 29,029-foot mountain this year…MORE