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Denali National Park and Preserve
Clean Climb Program
Education, Climber Management, Removal
of Waste: An Historical Overv...
Early management policies 1950-60’s : safety and
proper equipment are the main concern
Early Impacts 1940-60’s : Equipment abandoned, all
garbage and waste left behind
Abandoned Garbage
Burned Garbage
Human Waste
Early grassroots
efforts 1970’s :
Burn and pack out
garbage
Voluntary compliance
1970’s : Private
groups conduct clean-
up efforts
Pit Latrines were
recommended
Deep holes dug for
portable toilets were
superior to pit latrines
Environmental
shift to Leave No
Trace (LNT) and
Clean Climbing
1980’s
Increasing education 1980-90’s : Park expands
environmental practices and mountaineering rangers
Volunteerism plays a significant role 1980-
present : Three mountaineer volunteers
for every ranger, volunteers provide sa...
Keeping the costs down: Limited budgets enhance
volunteerism and creative thinking
5,200 meter high camp toilet
using remo...
Development of new strategies and
technologies 2000-present :
Garbage and fuel cans are checked
upon return,
Biodegradable bags
required for human
waste that is
crevassed, remove
human waste through
development of Clean
Mountain Ca...
Clean Mountain Cans
are now required in
certain locations
Clean Mountain Cans are required at high camp
Coley Gentzel image
Clean Mountain Cans are the responsibility of each climber.
They are transported with the climbers by aircraft.
Climbers return
used CMC’s in
biodegradable bags.
Strict cleaning
requirements
mandated before
reissue.
Climber acceptance and stewardship 1980-present :
Americans are among the first to understand and
accept good environmenta...
Moving toward general public education and worldwide
climber acceptance of sound environmental practices
Roger Robinson - Denali National Park’s Clean Climb Program
Roger Robinson - Denali National Park’s Clean Climb Program
Roger Robinson - Denali National Park’s Clean Climb Program
Roger Robinson - Denali National Park’s Clean Climb Program
Roger Robinson - Denali National Park’s Clean Climb Program
Roger Robinson - Denali National Park’s Clean Climb Program
Roger Robinson - Denali National Park’s Clean Climb Program
Roger Robinson - Denali National Park’s Clean Climb Program
Roger Robinson - Denali National Park’s Clean Climb Program
Roger Robinson - Denali National Park’s Clean Climb Program
Roger Robinson - Denali National Park’s Clean Climb Program
Roger Robinson - Denali National Park’s Clean Climb Program
Roger Robinson - Denali National Park’s Clean Climb Program
Roger Robinson - Denali National Park’s Clean Climb Program
Roger Robinson - Denali National Park’s Clean Climb Program
Roger Robinson - Denali National Park’s Clean Climb Program
Roger Robinson - Denali National Park’s Clean Climb Program
Roger Robinson - Denali National Park’s Clean Climb Program
Roger Robinson - Denali National Park’s Clean Climb Program
Roger Robinson - Denali National Park’s Clean Climb Program
Roger Robinson - Denali National Park’s Clean Climb Program
Roger Robinson - Denali National Park’s Clean Climb Program
Roger Robinson - Denali National Park’s Clean Climb Program
Roger Robinson - Denali National Park’s Clean Climb Program
Roger Robinson - Denali National Park’s Clean Climb Program
Roger Robinson - Denali National Park’s Clean Climb Program
Roger Robinson - Denali National Park’s Clean Climb Program
Roger Robinson - Denali National Park’s Clean Climb Program
Roger Robinson - Denali National Park’s Clean Climb Program
Roger Robinson - Denali National Park’s Clean Climb Program
Roger Robinson - Denali National Park’s Clean Climb Program
Roger Robinson - Denali National Park’s Clean Climb Program
Roger Robinson - Denali National Park’s Clean Climb Program
Roger Robinson - Denali National Park’s Clean Climb Program
Roger Robinson - Denali National Park’s Clean Climb Program
Roger Robinson - Denali National Park’s Clean Climb Program
Roger Robinson - Denali National Park’s Clean Climb Program
Roger Robinson - Denali National Park’s Clean Climb Program
Roger Robinson - Denali National Park’s Clean Climb Program
Roger Robinson - Denali National Park’s Clean Climb Program
Roger Robinson - Denali National Park’s Clean Climb Program
Roger Robinson - Denali National Park’s Clean Climb Program
Roger Robinson - Denali National Park’s Clean Climb Program
Roger Robinson - Denali National Park’s Clean Climb Program
Roger Robinson - Denali National Park’s Clean Climb Program
Roger Robinson - Denali National Park’s Clean Climb Program
Roger Robinson - Denali National Park’s Clean Climb Program
Roger Robinson - Denali National Park’s Clean Climb Program
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Roger Robinson - Denali National Park’s Clean Climb Program

  1. 1. Denali National Park and Preserve Clean Climb Program Education, Climber Management, Removal of Waste: An Historical Overview
  2. 2. Early management policies 1950-60’s : safety and proper equipment are the main concern
  3. 3. Early Impacts 1940-60’s : Equipment abandoned, all garbage and waste left behind
  4. 4. Abandoned Garbage
  5. 5. Burned Garbage Human Waste
  6. 6. Early grassroots efforts 1970’s : Burn and pack out garbage
  7. 7. Voluntary compliance 1970’s : Private groups conduct clean- up efforts
  8. 8. Pit Latrines were recommended Deep holes dug for portable toilets were superior to pit latrines
  9. 9. Environmental shift to Leave No Trace (LNT) and Clean Climbing 1980’s
  10. 10. Increasing education 1980-90’s : Park expands environmental practices and mountaineering rangers
  11. 11. Volunteerism plays a significant role 1980- present : Three mountaineer volunteers for every ranger, volunteers provide safety and resource protection
  12. 12. Keeping the costs down: Limited budgets enhance volunteerism and creative thinking 5,200 meter high camp toilet using removable bags
  13. 13. Development of new strategies and technologies 2000-present : Garbage and fuel cans are checked upon return,
  14. 14. Biodegradable bags required for human waste that is crevassed, remove human waste through development of Clean Mountain Can, invention of packable disposable toilet bags for shorter trips
  15. 15. Clean Mountain Cans are now required in certain locations
  16. 16. Clean Mountain Cans are required at high camp Coley Gentzel image
  17. 17. Clean Mountain Cans are the responsibility of each climber. They are transported with the climbers by aircraft.
  18. 18. Climbers return used CMC’s in biodegradable bags. Strict cleaning requirements mandated before reissue.
  19. 19. Climber acceptance and stewardship 1980-present : Americans are among the first to understand and accept good environmental practices, many younger climbers today want nothing left behind
  20. 20. Moving toward general public education and worldwide climber acceptance of sound environmental practices

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