Dead Bodies on Mount Everest
It costs roughly $82,000 to climb Mount Everest, but sometimes the price is more than money. About 200 people have died on their way to Mount Everest, and the extreme cold ensures their bodies remain perfectly preserved. This harsh weather makes it impossible to retrieve the bodies, and so they become part of the mountain. Some of these bodies have become way point markers for climbers, and passing by these bodies is something every climber does on their way to the top of the summit.
Take a look:
David Sharp attempted the climb in 2005 and near the top, stopped in this cave to rest. His body eventually froze in place rendering him unable to move. His body still sits in the cave and is used as a guide point for other climbers nearing the summit.
The body of "Green Boots" (an Indian climber who died in 1996) lies near a cave that all climbers pass on their way to the peak. Green Boots now servers as a waypoint marker that climbers use to gauge how near they are to the summit. Green Boots became separated from his party in 1996 and sought this mountain overhang (really a small, open mouthed cave) to use as protection from the elements. He sat there shivering in the cold until he died. The wind has since blown his body over.
In 1924, George Mallery was the first person ever to attempt to climb Mount Everest. His body remains perfectly preserved.