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

By sustainablesummits | July 4, 2014

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

Ken Karstens – Denali Pioneers

By sustainablesummits | July 15, 2014

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

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

By sustainablesummits | July 4, 2010

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

Mike Mortimer – Introduction to the Exit Strategies Conference

By sustainablesummits | July 4, 2010

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

Dawa Steven Sherpa bio

By sustainablesummits | December 30, 2016

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

Denali National Park – Aerial video of the Alaska Range

By sustainablesummits | July 6, 2014

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

Science for Summits Panel Discussion on Citizen Science

By sustainablesummits | July 4, 2014

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

Hawk Metheny – Batch Bin Composting of Human Waste

By sustainablesummits | July 4, 2010

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

Ben Lawhon – Catholes

By sustainablesummits | July 4, 2010

Watch Ben Lawhon’s presentation to Exit Strategies below: Ben Lawhon Catholes View Ben’s slides below: Lawhon – Catholes: History, research…

Markus Hallgren – Extreme Environments and Everyday Decision-Making

By sustainablesummits | July 4, 2014

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

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

By sustainablesummits | July 4, 2010

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

UIAA summary of 2016 Sustainable Summits Conference

By sustainablesummits | August 4, 2016

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

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

By sustainablesummits | July 4, 2010

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

Doug Whittaker – River Recreation and Human Waste

By sustainablesummits | July 4, 2010

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

Ellen Lapham bio

By sustainablesummits | December 31, 2016

Ellen Lapham is an Emeritus Director of the American Alpine Club and co-chairs the AAC’s Conservation Committee, dedicated to preserving…

Everest Knot Panel Discussion

By sustainablesummits | July 31, 2014

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

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

By sustainablesummits | July 4, 2014

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

German Solveira – Managing Human Waste in Patagonia

By sustainablesummits | July 3, 2010

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

Compost Panel Discussion

By sustainablesummits | July 4, 2010

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

Phil Powers – Introducing Peter Metcalf of Black Diamond Equipment

By sustainablesummits | July 4, 2014

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

Traute Parrie – Sustainable Leadership

By sustainablesummits | July 4, 2014

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

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

By sustainablesummits | July 5, 2014

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

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

By sustainablesummits | July 4, 2010

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

Tom Hopkins & John Cocks: Managing human waste in the wild

By sustainablesummits | July 31, 2010

Watch Tom Hopkins & John Cocks’s on Managing human waste in the wild talk below: Tom Hopkins & John Cocks…

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

By sustainablesummits | July 6, 2014

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

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

By sustainablesummits | July 31, 2014

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

Pack Out Panel Discussion

By sustainablesummits | July 4, 2010

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

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

By sustainablesummits | July 31, 2014

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

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

By sustainablesummits | July 4, 2014

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

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

By sustainablesummits | July 6, 2014

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

Mehdi Mehrnoush – A Brief Look At User Impacts in the Popular Mountains of Iran

By sustainablesummits | July 4, 2014

Watch Mehdi Mehrnoush’s presentation below: Mehdi Mehrnoush A Brief Look At User Impacts in the Popular Mountains of Iran. Sustainable…

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

By sustainablesummits | July 4, 2014

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

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

By sustainablesummits | July 3, 2010

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

Dawa Steven Sherpa – New and novel ideas to reduce impacts on Nepal’s peaks and trails

By sustainablesummits | July 23, 2014

Dawa Steven Sherpa chairs the Nepal Mountaineering Association’s Environment Protection Committee. Dawa Steven is currently a board member of the…

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

By sustainablesummits | July 4, 2014

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

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

By sustainablesummits | July 3, 2010

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

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

By sustainablesummits | July 3, 2010

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

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

By sustainablesummits | July 4, 2014

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

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

By sustainablesummits | January 6, 2017

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

Doug Whittaker bio

By sustainablesummits | December 31, 2016

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

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

By sustainablesummits | July 4, 2010

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

Hanno Doenz – Environmental Practices of the International Federation of Mountain Guides

By sustainablesummits | July 6, 2014

Watch Hanno Doenz’s presentation below: Hanno Doenz Environmental Practices of the International Federation of Mountain Guides. The foundation, history, and…

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

By sustainablesummits | January 6, 2017

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

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

By sustainablesummits | June 3, 2010

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

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

By sustainablesummits | July 6, 2014

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

Aukje van Gerven – Envirotrek: Having Fun With Sustainable Mountain Tourism

By sustainablesummits | July 4, 2014

Aukje van Gerven Envirotrek: Having Fun With Sustainable Mountain Tourism. One hundred million tourists visit the European Alps every year,…

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

By sustainablesummits | July 4, 2014

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

Brenda Land – Backcountry Human Waste Systems, Pros & Cons

By sustainablesummits | July 31, 2010

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

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

By sustainablesummits | July 4, 2014

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

Greg Sievers – Rocky Mountain National Park Pack Out Program

By sustainablesummits | July 4, 2010

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

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

By sustainablesummits | July 28, 2010

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

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

By sustainablesummits | July 3, 2010

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

Dawa Steven Sherpa – Human Waste in the Himalayas

By sustainablesummits | July 4, 2010

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

Conrad Anker – Climbing in the Alaska Range

By sustainablesummits | July 5, 2014

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

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

By sustainablesummits | July 5, 2014

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

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

By sustainablesummits | August 2, 2016

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

Matthew Klick – Sustainable Mountain Development from a Human Population Perspective

By sustainablesummits | January 4, 2017

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

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

By sustainablesummits | July 3, 2010

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

Karen Rollins & Geoff Hill – Black Water Management Options Analysis

By sustainablesummits | July 4, 2010

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

Garry Oye – Mt. Whitney Case Study

By sustainablesummits | July 4, 2010

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

Hawk Metheny – Moldering Composting of human waste

By sustainablesummits | July 4, 2010

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

Erastus Lufungulo – Waste Removal on Mount Kilimanjaro

By sustainablesummits | July 4, 2014

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

Roger Robinson bio

By sustainablesummits | December 31, 2016

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

Problem Solving Panel Discussion

By sustainablesummits | July 3, 2010

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

Blaise Agresti – Safety and Routes in an Era of Increasing Rockfall on Mont Blanc, France

By sustainablesummits | July 1, 2014

Watch Blaise Agresti’s talk about Mont Blanc below: Can the hazards of stone fall encountered on the popular route on…

Michael Ells – Surface Disposal

By sustainablesummits | July 4, 2010

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

Garry Porter – Everest Biogas Project

By sustainablesummits | July 31, 2014

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

Roger Robinson – Denali National Park’s Clean Climb Program

By sustainablesummits | July 7, 2014

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

Eric White – Mt. Shasta Human Waste Pack-Out System

By sustainablesummits | July 4, 2010

Watch Eric White’s presentation to Exit Strategies below: Eric White Mt. Shasta Human Waste Pack-Out System Exit Strategies Conference 2010…

Adam French – Ishinca Peace Toilets, Cordillera Blanca, Peru

By sustainablesummits | July 31, 2010

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

Gonzalo Cisternasc – Torres del Paine National Park, Chile

By sustainablesummits | July 3, 2010

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

John Leffel – Human Waste Disposal, a public health perspective

By sustainablesummits | July 4, 2010

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

Jesse McGahey – Yosemite Big Walls

By sustainablesummits | July 4, 2010

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

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

By sustainablesummits | July 1, 2014

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

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

By sustainablesummits | July 4, 2014

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

Tēnā koutou – greetings and welcome to Sustainable Summits 2016

By sustainablesummits | July 14, 2016

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

Manzoor Hussain – User Impacts in Pakistan’s Mountains

By sustainablesummits | July 4, 2014

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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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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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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