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Recipients

The following individual received a ZMBB Grant in 2006:

Adam French: Adam will work on his “Water is Life” Project with expedition partner Benjamin Ditto.

Supporters: 
Villagers from Pashpa and Collón, Huascarán National Park, the American Alpine Club, the Ansara Family Foundation, Black Diamond Equipment, Patagonia, Mountain Madness, Peaks and Places Adventure Travel, La Casa de Zarela, Siam de los Andes, Café Andino, California Café, Skyline Adventure School, and Galaxia Expeditions.

Objectives:
Address the problem of watershed contamination by human waste in the basecamp of the popular Ishinca Valley in Peru’s Cordillera Blanca.
Educate visitors and local residents about the importance of watershed health and conservation and their direct links to human health and well-being.
Install effective composting toilets in Huascaran National Park.
Attempt the first complete alpine-style ascent of the east ridge of Huantsán (6395 m, 20,976 ft).

2010 Project Update:
The Ishinca Peace Toilet has been standing tall since its construction in 2006 and has helped keep thousands of pounds of human waste out of the local watershed. Constructed as a test of simple composting technology in a high altitude setting, this pilot project has provided important lessons for managers of Huascarán National Park as they work to refine a system for dealing with human waste and other impacts linked to climbing and trekking in the Cordillera Blanca.

The east ridge of Huantsán remains unclimbed in alpine style despite recent attempts by several strong teams.