The world's tallest mountain will soon be the site of the world's highest toilet.
Associated Metal, a Scottish firm that normally makes sinks and commodes for hospitals, oil rigs and ships, has built a $10,500 state-of-the-art outhouse that will be installed 20,000 feet up Mount Everest."Until now, climbers and Sherpas have had to go off and find boulders and bushes to hide behind," said Phil Tolan, the company's managing director.
"Now life will be a bit more comfortable, private, and clean for them."
Steel ropes anchored with ice picks are intended to keep the toilet, and its occupants, from blowing over in howling Himalayan winds. It comes equipped with a wooden seat for warmth and a lock for privacy.
The toilet is being shipped to Nepal, where sherpas will carry it up the mountain in seven 50-pound sections that will be assembled for use by the 55-member British Mount Everest Medical Expedition. The group will conduct a research project on the mountain next month.