Scaling Mount Everest is the supreme achievement of many climbers and adrenaline junkies. However, the numbers surrounding this mountain are not encouraging at all. Over 200 people have died while trying to conquer it. And it’s no secret that there are numerous ways in which you can die while on your way to climb it. You can fall into nothingness, you can suffocate from the lack of oxygen up there, you can freeze to death, or you can have boulders falling on you, eventually smashing you.
But these horrifying prospects have never stopped adventurers from trying their luck in the hope that something like this won’t happen to them. However, if you choose to go up Mount Everest, you should know that you will be greeted by a nightmarish view. Hundreds of frozen bodies lie there in the snow, in a way welcoming you. And so the living pass the dead every day to reach their destination. It’s interesting that as bizarre as it may be, these bodies have become part of the mountain. Some have nicknames while others are now used as landmarks.
The bodies on Everest are now landmarks
One such example is the body of an Indian climber nicknamed “Green Boots”. He died back in 1996 but his body has since become some kind of keeper of the cave nearby. All climbers must pass by it if they want to reach the mountaintop. Climbers have by now become used to him and are even using his body as a landmark to see how close they are to the peak.
Ten years later, in 2006, an English climber, David Sharp, had the same fate as Green Boots. He was one of the people who stopped in this same cave. Unfortunately, he froze and was unable to move, even if he was still alive. Many passed by him and didn’t even look, probably mistaking him from the famous Green Boots. When some people tried to resuscitate him, it was too late.
Image source: wikimedia