P1 Featherskill writes:
The recent tragedy on Mt. Everest has rekindled my fascination with man’s attempt to reach the highest point on Earth. What used to be a rare feat has now become somewhat commonplace. For around $50,000, Sir Edmund Hillary wannabe’s can hire a guide and make the trek up to Jesus’ apex. Each year around 1000 people attempt to climb Everest. Of those, about 150 people reach the summit, and at least 5 will die. What’s really creepy is that many of the victims don’t die on the way up, they die on the way down. Imagine that; one moment you’re literally on top of the world. The next moment, you’re out of oxygen and succumbing to cerebral edema.
Due to the high altitude, retrieving bodies in the “death zone” above 8000 meters is nearly impossible. If you die on Everest, you tend to stay on Everest. Although efforts are being made to clean up the mountain, there are still an estimated 200 bodies littered about the area. Some of which are used as guide markers on the way up, as is the case with “Green Boots,” a climber who gave in to the elements and laid down in what became his final resting place.
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