Have you ever dreampt that dead bodies can be used as landmarks for travelers?? Yes there is one place…..Climbing Mount Everest is something many people dream about, despite it poses grave danger people continue to try their skills and luck to conquer the Everest. The Mount Everest has many weird stories behind it. There are more than two hundreds of people who have lost their life in the attempt to scale Everest. Climbing Everest offers endless options of falling in to the abyss, suffocating from lack of oxygen, getting smacked by raining boulders, losing parts of body due to frost bite.
One of most scary part in the mountains is the 200 dead bodies which are used as the landmark. The body of the “Green boots”, an Indian climber who died in the year 1996 on his way to Mount Everest and is believed to be Tsewang Paljor, he lies near a cave that all climbers must pass their way to the peak. His Green Boots serves as a way point marker for all those people who pass the way and to indicate how close they are to the peak. Tsewang Paljor or “green boots” as he is called was killed in the cold after he got separated from his team. He sought refuge in the mountain overhang but could not survive the harsh weather. He sat shivering in the cold until he died.
In the year 2006, English climber called David Sharp also saw same destiny as green boots, he stopped to rest at now-infamous cave to rest. But the cold waves were so harsh that his body froze while he was sitting. He was unable to move but was still alive. Over 40 climbers had passed him while he was still alive but they overlooked and mistook him to be dead. Some heard faint moans later and came forward to help him and give him oxygen, but were unable to move his body. But it was too late and David Sharp was already dead.
Francys Arsentiev was the first American woman to reach Everest’s summit without the aid of bottled oxygen, in 1998. But her accomplishment was not considered successful nor recognized because she never made it down the mountain. On the way back, following a rough late night trek back to camp, Francys husband had noticed that his wife was missing. Despite the danger, he turned back to find her in the mountains, but failed to locate her. On his way back, he encountered a team of Uzbek climbers who said they had found Francys and tried to help her. But they had to abandon her when their own oxygen got depleted. The next day, two other climbers found Francys but she was in a bad shape to be moved. Francys died after the two climbers left. Her husband who went in search for her also went missing. A year later some climbers found his body in the lower down the mountain. It is believed that he may have slipped and fell off the mountain.
These bodies and hundreds of other bodies still lie there and act as the landmark for the climbers. People now use them as milestones to know at what location and what point they are. Weird but true!