10 Famous Unrecovered Bodies On Mount Everest Till 2017
Just the thought of climbing the Everest gets our adrenaline rushing, so what happens when you actually attempt it? For every 4 successful summits a death is reported, though the numbers seem to be coming down now. Over 200 people breathed their last on Everest and rest there till eternity. Their story needs to be told and through this video we pay a tribute to all those brave hearts who lost their life in an attempt to conquer the highest point on Earth! Number 1. George Mallory, 1924 In an attempt to be the first person to set foot on the snow clad peak, Mallory fell to his death during a storm after he was separated from his team. His body was found in 1999 during the Mallory and Irvine Research Expedition but the position of his body did not clarify whether he was ascending or on his way back. So there is practically no clarity if he had made it to the summit. After 75 years, he was found in a bunch of shale face down with his skin in a good condition. A short rope was found tied to his waist and so experts feel that his rope had failed which led to his fall and a big hole on his forehead.
Sadly, Irvine was never found. Number 2. Hannelore Schmatz, 1979 On the fateful day of October 2, 1979 Hannelore became the first German woman to die on the upper slopes of Mount Everest. They were a big team headed by her husband but they had divided into smaller groups to summit Everest. Hannelore made the journey from base camp with Ray Genet and a Sherpa named Sungdare. They had made it to the top and while coming back they decided to stop for the evening and rest in their sleeping bags against their sherpa’s advice. The night saw a heavy storm and by morning Genet had died of hypothermia. While coming back Hannelore was exhausted and died just 100 metres from the base camp. Sungdare stayed by her body and thus lost his toes to frostbite. For years her body lay there in plain view leaning against her backpack, known as ‘The German Woman’! Number 3. Green Boots, 1996 Tsewang Paljor, better known as Green boots due to the color of his boots when he was found on the Everest is probably the most famous body there.
He was a part of the 3 man group attempting the climb in 1996 but sadly, the timing wasn’t good for them. The weather was extremely volatile and it became the deadliest year on Everest. As the temperature and visibility both dropped, Paljor after being separated from his group took refuge in a small cave, which became his final resting place. The cave is currently known by his name, Green Boots and is a major landmark on the Everest trail. Number 4. Sergei and Francys Arsentiev, 1998 This American couple got separated during their way back from the Everest. The trail of unfortunate events had just begun, Francys fell a prey to snow blindness and lay in there calling for help. Though she was on a steep cliff and reaching her was a risky business, Ian Woodall and Cathy O’Dowd reached her but couldn’t do much apart from providing her oxygen. They went down to the base camp to call for help but it was too late.
They returned 8 years later to give her a burial in snow, covering her with the American flag and left a note from her family. On the other hand Sergei was far ahead of her on the descent but came back up to look for his wife knowing that the oxygen would not last. But he fell to his death before he reached her. They were surely partners beyond life! Number 5. David Sharp, 2005 The English mountaineer who attempted his ascent in 2005 was a part of an organized expedition but when the weather deteriorated, he continued his journey alone. He took a halt at a cave but later froze in place. It has been reported that though about 40 people crossed him then, nobody stopped to help him.
While some believed him to be just resting others mistook him for Green Boots because it was the same cave where he took refuge. He was later found by a group of Sherpas who tried to help him but it was too late. They left him in sunlight and came back later with help but by that time he had already left the world! Everest may be a dream backdrop for many and the witness of triumph but it will continue to take lives.
To those who have lost their lives to the highest peak, may your soul rest in peace. Will Everest still be your dream expedition? Tell us in the comment section. And while you’re here, check out our other videos and tell us what you think of them. And do subscribe to our channel if you liked this one. You can also find us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Thanks for watching..
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