Denali National Park – Aerial video of the Alaska Range

Watch the Denali National Park video below: Denali National Park cinesampler aerial video of the Alaska Range.

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Ben Lawhon & Peter Whittaker – The New Leave No Trace Mountaineering Curriculum

Watch Ben Lawhon and Peter Whittaker’s presentation below: Ben Lawhon and Peter Whittaker The New Leave No Trace Mountaineering Curriculum:…

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Dawa Steven Sherpa – Human Waste in the Himalayas

Watch Dawa Steven Sherpa’s presentation to Exit Strategies below: Dawa Steven Sherpa Human Waste in the Himalayas Exit Strategies Conference…

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Rich Lechleitner – The Blue-Bag Carry Out System at Mt. Rainier National Park, USA

Watch Rich Lechleitner’s presentation to Exit Strategies 2010 below: Rich Lechleitner The Blue-Bag Carry Out System at Mt. Rainier National…

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Hawk Metheny – Batch Bin Composting of Human Waste

Watch Hawk Metheny’s presentation to Exit Strategies below: Hawk Metheny Batch Bin Composting of human waste Exit Strategies Conference 2010…

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Mike Mortimer – Introduction to the Exit Strategies Conference

Watch Mike Mortimer’s presentation to Exit Strategies below: (needs uploading) Mike Mortimer Introduction to the Exit Strategies Conference 2010 Mike…

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Janet Mackay – Kosciuszko National Park

Watch Janet McKay’s talk below: Janet Mackay is the owner and managing director of TRC Tourism a consultancy firm based…

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John Leffel – Human Waste Disposal, a public health perspective

Watch John Leffel’s presentation to Exit Strategies below: Capt. John Leffel Human Waste Disposal, a public health perspective. Exit Strategies…

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Kristine Route: Norm Activation Theory and Human Waste Education in Recreational Settings

Watch Kristine Route’s talk below: View Kristine’s slides below: Kristine Route: Norm Activation Theory and Human Waste Education in Recreational…

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Derek Chinn – New Zealand context (Mid Tasman fly‐in hut)

Watch Derek Chinn’s talk below: Derek Chinn is a structural engineer based in Queenstown. His special area of interest is…

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Lisa Choegyal: The Great Himalayan Trail & Janet Mackay: Kosciuszko National Park

Watch Lisa Choegyal’s talk below: Lisa Choegyal has over 30 years experience in the tourism sector. Lisa is a specialist…

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Q&A – Jamili Nais, Rob Brown & Erik Bradshaw

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Doug Whittaker – How Many Is Too Many? Setting Capacities And Allocating Mountain Use

Watch Doug Whittaker’s talk at the 2014 Sustainable Summits Conference below: How Many Is Too Many? Setting Capacities And Allocating…

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Sustainable Summits Conference 2016 – Summary

Hugh is an active climber and ski mountaineer. Previously he has headed the New Zealand Antarctic programme, the Department of…

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Erik Bradshaw – Access to the New Zealand Alps – A Case Study

Watch Erik Bradshaw’s talk below: Erik Bradshaw is managing director at IBIS Technology based in Queenstown. He is a recreational…

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Mike Davies – Aoraki Mount Cook National Park Plan

Watch Mike Davies’ talk below: Mike Davies is the Operations Manager at Aoraki/Mount Cook District which covers Aoraki/Mount Cook National…

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Adam French – Ishinca Peace Toilets, Cordillera Blanca, Peru

Watch Adam French’s presentation to Exit Strategies below: Ishinca Peace Toilets, Cordillera Blanca, Peru Adam French Exit Strategies Conference 2010…

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Richard Wesley – Leave No Trace

Watch Richard Wesley’s talk below: Richard Wesley is the current chairperson of Leave No Trace New Zealand. He has had…

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Rob Brown – Wilderness Values in the Mountains

Watch Rob Brown’s talk below: Rob Brown is a landscape photographer and writer based in Wanaka. Rob has been photographing…

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Augustina Barros & Sebastian Rossi – Human Waste Management in Aconcagua Provincial Park

Watch presentation at Exit Strategies 2010 below: Augustina Barros + Sebastian Rossi Human Waste Management in Aconcagua Provincial Park Exit…

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Ken Wallen – Perceptions of Environmental Change in High Altitude Mountain Regions

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Dawa Steven Sherpa – The Everest Environmental Story

Watch Dawa Steven Sherpa’s talk below: Dawa Steven Sherpa is a tourism entrepreneur and an environmental activist. He is an…

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Suzuki, Anzai, Matsumoto – Groundwater and soil pollution with nitrate nitrogen by land disposal of wastewater, and a trial measure against the issues

Groundwater and soil pollution with nitrate nitrogen by land disposal of wastewater, and a trial measure against the issues. These issues…

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Jamili Nais – Social Pressures at Mt Kinabalu

Watch Dr. Jamili Nais’s talk below: Dr Jamili Nais is currently the Director/CEO of the Sabah Parks Board. Jamili has…

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Tēnā koutou – greetings and welcome to Sustainable Summits 2016

(View 2016’s conference here.) The first Sustainable Summit Conference was held in Colorado in 2010 as “Exit Strategies” with a…

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Roger Robinson – The Denali Story – The Clean Climb Program

Watch Roger Robinson’s talk below: Roger Robinson first climbed Denali in 1975 as part of the Denali Rehabilitation and Education…

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Lou Sanson – Antarctica to the Southern Alps – an approach to sustainability

Watch Lou Sanson’s talk below: Lou Sanson was the Chief Executive of Antarctica New Zealand for seven years, responsible for…

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Garry Porter – Everest Biogas Project

Watch Garry Porter’s presentation on the Everest Biogas Project below: Garry Porter- A Waste Solution for Everest: The Biogas Project…

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Panel Discussion: Commerce in the Mountains

Panelists: Suze Kelly, Peter Rupitsch, Dawa Steven Sherpa, Robin McNeill, Erik Bradshaw, Geoff Gabites. Moderator Hugh Logan Suze Kelly is…

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Traute Parrie – Sustainable Leadership

Watch Traute Parrie’s presentation below: Watch Ellen Lapham’s introduction of Traute Parrie below: Traute Parrie Sustainable Leadership Traute describes some…

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Rodney Garrard – Inappropriate Waste Disposal in Mt. Cook National Park, New Zealand

Watch Rodney Garrard’s presentation to Exit Strategies 2010 below: Rodney Garrard Inappropriate Waste Disposal in Aoraki / Mt. Cook National…

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Brenda Land – Backcountry Human Waste Systems, Pros & Cons

Watch Brenda Land’s talk at the 2010 Exit Strategies Conference: Brenda Land Forest Service Exit Strategies 2010 Sustainable Summits View…

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Nick Lewis – Managing Environmental Impacts on Antarctica’s Highest Mountains

Watch Nick Lewis’s presentation below: Nick Lewis Garbage In, Garbage Out: Managing Environmental Impacts on Antarctica’s Highest Mountains. Nick heads…

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Doug Whittaker – River Recreation and Human Waste

Watch Doug Whittaker’s presentation to Exit Strategies below: Doug Whittaker River Recreation and Human Waste Exit Strategies Conference 2010 Sustainable…

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Andrea Croskrey – Human Waste Management in the Caves of the National Parks, USA

Watch Andrea Croskrey’s presentation to Exit Strategies below: Andrea Croskrey Human Waste Management in the Caves of the National Parks,…

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Zara Sanchez – Environmental Practices in Peru’s Protected Natural Areas

Watch Zara Sanchez’s presentation below: Zara Sanchez Environmental Practices in Peru’s Protected Natural Areas. Protected Natural Areas (ANP) are fundamental…

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Harry Keys – Tongariro Alpine Crossing

Watch Harry Keys’ talk below: The Tongariro Alpine Crossing is a very popular 20 km day hike over the Tongariro…

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Garry Oye – Mt. Whitney Case Study

Watch Garry Oye’s presentation to Exit Strategies below: (needs uploading) Garry Oye, NPS Washington DC Mt. Whitney Case Study Chief…

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Pack Out Panel Discussion

Watch the Pack Out panel discussion at Exit Strategies below: Pack Out Panel Discussion Exit Strategies Conference 2010 Sustainable Summits…

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John Cocks & Tom Hopkins – Environmental Impacts – Waste

Watch John Cocks and Tom Hopkins’ talk below: John Cocks is an environmental engineer and sustainability advocate whose lifelong passion…

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Ken Karstens – Denali Pioneers

Watch Ken Karstens’s presentation below: Ken Karstens presented on the early history of Denali climbing. View Ken’s slides below: Ken…

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Paul Anderson – Denali’s Backcountry Management Plan: Lessons Learned

Watch Paul Anderson’s presentation below: Paul Anderson Denali’s Backcountry Management Plan: Lessons Learned From The Challenges, Successes And Failures In…

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Science for Summits Panel Discussion on Citizen Science

Watch part 1 of the panel discussion below (start at 0:27): Watch part 2 of the panel discussion below: Panel:…

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Dawa Steven Sherpa bio

Dawa Steven Sherpa is a tourism entrepreneur and an environmental activist. He is an articulate and motivating speaker and was…

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UIAA summary of 2016 Sustainable Summits Conference

This post is from the website of the International Union of Alpine Associations (UIAA). To see the original on their website, click UIAA summary…

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Phil Powers – Introducing Peter Metcalf of Black Diamond Equipment

Watch Phil Powers’s presentation below: Phil Powers of the American Alpine Club introduces Peter Metcalf of Black Diamond Equipment

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Phunuru Sherpa & Conrad Anker – The Khumbu Climbing School as a Model for Mountaineering Leadership

Watch Phunuru Sherpa and Conrad Anker’s presentation below: Phunuru Sherpa and Conrad Anker The Khumbu Climbing School: A Model for…

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Brian Anderson – Retreating New Zealand Glaciers

Watch Brian Anderson’s talk below: Brian Anderson is a Senior Research Fellow at the Antarctic Research Centre, Victoria University of…

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Conrad Anker – Climbing in the Alaska Range

Watch Conrad Anker’s presentation below: Conrad Anker – Climbing in the Alaska Range Sustainable Summits Conference 2014

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Doug Whittaker bio

Doug is an outdoor recreation planner and researcher with Confluence Research and Consulting, a two-person firm that works with federal,…

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Doug Whittaker & Wade Vaglas – Encouraging Pro-Environmental Behavior by Users

Watch Doug Whittaker and Wade Vargias’s presentation to Exit Strategies 2010 below: Doug Whittaker + Wade Vagias Encouraging Pro-Environmental Behavior…

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Karen Rollins & Geoff Hill – Black Water Management Options Analysis

Watch Karen Rollins and Geoff Hill’s presentation to Exit Strategies below: Karen Rollins + Geoff Hill Black Water Management Options…

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Olivier Moret & Pascal Mao – Mountain Sustainability issues facing Mont Blanc

Watch Olivier Moret and Pascal Mao’s talk below: Olivier Moret leads the Petzl Foundation which supports or initiates not-for-profit projects…

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Roger Robinson Evolution of Clean Climbing Practices in Denali National Park, Alaska

Roger Robinson Evolution of Clean Climbing Practices in Denali National Park, Alaska Exit Strategies Conference 2010 Sustainable Summits Initiative Read…

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Manzoor Hussain – User Impacts in Pakistan’s Mountains

Watch Manzoor Hussain’s presentation below: Lt. Col. Manzoor Hussain User Impacts in Pakistan’s Mountains. Lt. Col. Manzoor Hussain is president…

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Tetsuya Hanamura – Environmental Management on Mt. Fuji and Mountains in Japan

Watch Tetsuya Hanamura’s presentation below: Tetsuya Hanamura Environmental Management on Mt. Fuji and Mountains in Japan. Declared a World Cultural…

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Jesse McGahey – Yosemite Big Walls

Watch Jesse McGahey’s presentation to Exit Strategies 2010 below: Jesse McGahey Yosemite Big Walls Exit Strategies Conference 2010 Sustainable Summits…

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Greg Sievers – Rocky Mountain National Park Pack Out Program

Watch Greg Siever’s presentation to Exit Strategies 2010 below: Greg Sievers Rocky Mountain National Park Pack Out Program Exit Strategies…

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Nima Namgyal Sherpa – Khumbu Climbing Centre

Khumbu Climbing Centre: a 10-minute case study. Watch Nima Namgyal Sherpa’s presentation below: View Nima’s slides below: Dr Nima Namgyal…

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Erik Murdock & Ty Tyler – Climbing Management Plans, Concepts and Case Studies

Watch Erik Murdock and Ty Tyler’s presentation below: Erik Murdock PhD and Ty Tyler Climbing Management Plans: Concepts and Case…

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Panel Discussion – Keeping the Mountains Clean

Panelists: Dawa Steven Sherpa, Roger Robinson, Pascal Mao, Moderator: Stuart Gray Stuart Gray began his career in public policy, but…

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Peter Rupitsch – People in the Austrian Alps

Watch Peter Rupitsch’s talk below: Peter Rupitsch is the managing director of Hohe Tauern National Park, the largest National Park…

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Michael Ells – Surface Disposal

Watch Mike Ells’s presentation to Exit Strategies below: Michael Ells Surface Disposal Professor Emeritus, Ferris State University Exit Strategies Conference…

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Karen Rollins – Sustainable Accommodation

Watch Karen Rollins’s talk below: Karen Rollins is an environmental scientist and architectural technologist. She became involved with BEES through…

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Panel Discussion – Lou Sanson and Simon Cox

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Stephan Taranto – Community-Based Tourism Initiatives in the Central Andes of Bolivia

Watch Stephan Taranto’s presentation below: Stephan Taranto Addressing Waste Management Barriers and Opportunities through Building Sustainable Partnerships with Community-Based Tourism…

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German Solveira – Managing Human Waste in Patagonia

Watch German Solveira’s presentation to Exit Strategies below: German Solveira Managing Human Waste in Patagonia Exit Strategies Conference 2010 Sustainable…

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Karen Rollins – Environmental Practices for Managing Energy, Water, and Wastewater at Off Grid Mountain Facilities

Watch Karen Rollins’s presentation below: Karen Rollins Best Environmental Practices for Managing Energy, Water, and Wastewater at Off Grid Mountain…

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Jennifer Reed – Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR), Alaska

Watch Jennifer Reed’s presentation to Exit Strategies below: Jennifer Reed Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR), Alaska Exit Strategies Conference 2010…

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Peter Metcalf – From Fringe to Mainstream: Mountaineering’s Transformation in North America

Watch Peter Metcalf’s presentation below: Peter Metcalf From Fringe to Mainstream: Mountaineering’s transformation in North America. The founding CEO/President of…

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Roger Robinson – Evolution of Clean Climbing Practices in Denali National Park, Alaska

Watch Roger Robinson’s presentation to Exit Strategies 2010 below: Roger Robinson Evolution of Clean Climbing Practices in Denali National Park,…

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Matthew Klick – Sustainable Mountain Development from a Human Population Perspective

Watch Matthew Klick’s presention below: Matthew Klick Sustainable Mountain Development from a Human Population Perspective. View Matthew’s slides below: Matthew…

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Panel Discussion – People & Management Options

Panelists: Janet Mackay, Roger Robinson, Lisa Choegyal, Moderator Sam Newton Lisa Choegyal has over 30 years experience in the tourism…

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Isabelle Czekajewski – Sanisphere’s Dry Toilets Developed for Mountain Areas

Watch Isabelle Czekajewski’s presentation below: Isabelle Czekajewski Sanisphere’s Dry Toilets Developed for Mountain Areas. Managing human waste in mountain areas…

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Bernard Ngoru – Challenges of Alpine Pollution in Mt. Kenya forest ecosystem

Watch Bernard Ngoru’s presentation to Exit Strategies below: Bernard Ngoru Challenges of Alpine Pollution: A case study of Mt. Kenya…

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Problem Solving Panel Discussion

Watch the Problem Solving panel discussion at Exit Strategies 2010 below: Problem Solving Group Discussion Exit Strategies Conference 2010 Sustainable…

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Dave Bamford – Global Climbing Pressures & Management Options

Watch Dave Bamford’s talk below: Dave Bamford (conference co‐coordinator) has a life centred around mountaineering, protected areas and sustainable tourism…

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Roger Robinson bio

Roger Robinson first climbed Denali in 1975 as part of the Denali Rehabilitation and Education Project (DREP). The DREP initiated…

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Q&A Session: Olivier Moret, Pascal Mao & Brian Anderson

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Joe Arnold – Solar Dehydrating Toilets, a Case Study in Rocky Mountain National Park

Watch Joe Arnold’s talk below: The solar dehydrating toilets on Longs Peak in Rocky Mountain National Park have been in…

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Ruben Massarelli – The Challenge of Managing Human Waste in High Altitude: a Case Study of the Aconcagua Provincial Park

Watch Ruben Massarelli’s presentation below: Ruben Massarelli The Challenge of Managing Human Waste in High Altitude: a Case Study of…

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Alex Von Steen – Carstenz Pyramid Challenges And Opportunities For Partnerships In Building A Sustainable Tourist Ecosystem In Remote Indonesia

Watch Alex Von Steen’s presentation below: Alex Van Steen Carstenz Pyramid—a “Seven Summits” peak—Presents Challenges And Opportunities For Partnerships In…

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Tomio Suzuki – Managing Human Waste in the Alpine Zones of Japan

Watch Tomio Suzuki’s presentation at the Exit Strategies 2010 conference below: Tomio Suzuki is a former special researcher of Nagano…

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Michael Loso & Katie Goodwin – Trajectory and Fate of Crevassed Human Waste on Denali, Alaska

Watch Michael Loso and Katie Goodwin’s presentation to Exit Strategies 2010 below: Michael Loso + Katie Goodwin Trajectory and Fate…

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Markus Hallgren – Extreme Environments and Everyday Decision-Making

Watch Markus Hallgren’s talk below: Markus Hallgren Extreme Environments – Everyday Decision-making. Markus Hällgren is a professor in business administration…

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Alaska Section AAC – Snowbird Hut Toilet Project

The Snowbird Hut Toilet Project in Alaska: a volunteer—led experiment in solar/wind drying tests new concepts in an alpine environment. Download…

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Ngāi Tahu, Tribal Elders and Sacred Summits of New Zealand

Ngāi Tahu Tribal Elders and the Sacred New Zealand Mountains

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Geoff Hill – How Remote Toilets Work and What They Should Really be Doing

Watch Geoff Hill’s presentation below: Dr. Geoff Hill How Remote Toilets Work (or Fail to Work) and What They Should…

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Dr. Michael Loso – The Trajectory and Fate of Crevassed Human Waste on Denali

Watch Michael Loso’s presentation below: Each year, over 1,000 climbers attempt to climb Mt. McKinley via the West Buttress, located…

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Robin McNeill – The Role of Volunteers

Watch Robin McNeill’s talk below: Robin McNeill is a keen tramper and mountaineer and has a strong interest in management…

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Joe Arnold – Solar Dehydrating Toilets in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

Watch Joe Arnold’s presentation to Exit Strategies below: Joe Arnold Solar Dehydrating Toilets in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado View…

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Compost Panel Discussion

Watch the Compost Panel discussion below: Compost Panel Discussion Exit Strategies Conference 2010 Sustainable Summits Initiative

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Erastus Lufungulo – Waste Removal on Mount Kilimanjaro

Watch Erastus Lufungulo’s presentation below: Erastus Lufungulo Trash In – Trash Out: Waste Removal on Mount Kilimanjaro. The summit and…

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Dave Bamford & John Cocks – Greetings and welcome to the conference

Tēnā koutou – greetings and welcome to Sustainable Summits 2016! The first Sustainable Summit Conference was held in Colorado in…

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Everest Knot Panel Discussion

View the Everest Knot panel discussion below: Panel: Conrad Anker, Melissa Arnott, Dr. Markus Hallgren, John Harlin, Dawa Steven Sherpa,…

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Gonzalo Cisternasc – Torres del Paine National Park, Chile

Watch Gonzalo Cisternasc’s presentation to Exit Strategies below: Gonzalo Cisternasc Torres del Paine National Park, Chile Exit Strategies Conference 2010…

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Scott Massey – The Professional Mountain Guide as a Partner for Education and Resource Protection

Watch Scott Massey’s presentation below: The American Mountain Guides Association’s push to set the highest standards in our mountain areas.…

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Simon Cox – New Zealand Mountains Falling Down

Watch Simon Cox’s talk below: Dr Simon Cox is a Principal Scientist at GNS Science in Dunedin, with professional expertise…

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Roger Robinson – Denali National Park’s Clean Climb Program

Watch Roger Robinson’s presentation below: Roger Robinson Denali National Park’s Clean Climb Program. An historical review of mountaineering education, climber…

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John Leffel – The Latest on Human Waste, Ecoli and other Pathogens

Watch John Leffel’s presentation below: Capt. John Leffel: Effectively Managing Health and Safety: The Latest on Human Waste, Ecoli and…

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Sustainable Summits Conference 2018

The fourth Sustainable Summits Conference will take place from 10 to 15 June 2018 in the Majestic Congress Center in Chamonix, France. It will integrate French and European issues and solutions with international experience and learning.

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Sustainable Summits Conferences

Exit Strategies Conference 2010

The original Sustainable Summits Conference was called “Exit Strategies: Managing Human Waste in the Wild” and was hosted by the American Alpine Club (AAC) at the American Mountaineering Center in Golden, Colorado.

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Sustainable Summits Conference 2014

The Sustainable Summits Conference in 2014 built on the success of Exit Strategies. Once again the goals was to shape and share environmentally sustainable solutions in mountain areas, including by developing global partnerships.

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Sustainable Summits Conference 2016

The New Zealand Alpine Club hosted the third global Sustainable Summits conference at Mount Cook, New Zealand. In 2016 the NZAC celebrated its 125th anniversary. Hosting the 3rd global Sustainable Summits Conference was a highlight of the club’s celebrations.

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