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The "corpse" on Mount Everest...

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Mount Everest, the highest mountain in the world, the largest "open-air cemetery".

There are more than 200 climbers' bodies here. Many of them are on the roadside and become the most "signpost" in the world.

Before they became "road signs," they also lived like you and me.

Explored the mountains for decades, nearly 300 people were killed in Everest. No one knows how many bodies are contained in Everest. They are either trapped in the ice, or buried under the snow, it is difficult to find traces...

But there are also some, fixed in the land of the disaster, amazed at the eyes, become the "road sign" on the way to Mount Everest. (Hint: some of the pictures below may cause discomfort)

The death zone - the "road signs" cast by these lives are mostly scattered in the "death zone" at an altitude of 8000+.

The effective oxygen content in this area is only about 30% of the flat. Even with the oxygen cylinder, in this low-pressure, extremely cold environment, normal people will be stupid, breathing difficulties, and even IQ will be affected. In the distress here, almost no one has spared no effort to provide assistance.

Dead bodies that are difficult to move - in the event of a disaster, most of them can only be violent in the wilderness.

Moving the corpse requires a lot of people to work hard, the road to the down road is heavy, and the weather is uncertain. For those who participate in the downswing, this "engineering" is undoubtedly facing death.

"Road sign" made by life

Every year, hundreds of Everest climbers come and go, and the victims are within reach. In the most cruel way, they remind people of the natural majesty.

Imagine that the weather is good, you are in good shape, the peak seems to be within reach, and suddenly he looks up and sees the victims on the roadside ahead. In the words of climber Ed Viesturs, this feeling is like:

“It's like, wow – it's a wakeup call.” (Source: bbc.com )

Most well-known: Tsewang Paljor - you may not know Tsewang Paljor, but you may have heard of "Green Boots" . Previously, almost every climber who climbed Mount Everest along the northeastern ridge passed through the “death zone” at an altitude of about 8,500 meters.

The bright green boots, still in the snow of the Everest for decades, are still very eye-catching. The owner of the shoe huddled in a well-preserved refuge, and if it wasn’t for half-length ice and weathered clothing, it’s doubtful that he was just asleep...

Who is the owner of the "Green Boots", although quite controversial, is generally considered to be the Indian climber Tsewang Paljor.

In 1996, the Indo-Tibetan border police expedition fought in Everest. On May 10th, the top detachment decided to withdraw due to weather conditions, but Tsewang Paljor and the other two insisted on advancing, and the three eventually died. There was no more news in the storm.

Most controversial: David Sharp - Nowadays, the location of "Green Boots" is also called "Green Boot Cave", and many people will take a short break here, take a breather or add some energy.

On May 15, 2006, 34-year-old climber David Sharp held his knees near the "green boots" and sat down, but never stood up again. A few hours later, his body was completely frozen to stiffness, solidifying only a few hundred meters from the summit.

According to subsequent media reports, when he was struggling on the verge of life and death, there were forty climbers passing by, but they only looked at the top, no assistance; until the first time he found his troubled climbers succeeded in 9 hours. Ascending the summit, Sharp has lost his breath.

When the news came out, it provoked a fierce debate about the morality of the Everest climbers. Hillary Clinton’s first visit to Mount Everest was filled with indignation and publicly condemned those who only care about the top and not read life and death:

"The If you have have someone the WHO IS in Great need and you are Still strong and Energetic, the then you have have A Duty, for Really, to give All you CAN to GET at The man Down and the Getting to at The of Summit Becomes Very Secondary."
(Translation: if You meet someone who is in desperate need of help, and you still have the strength, then you are obliged to help him to withdraw as much as possible, and the goal of the summit should be abdicated.) (Source: nzherald.co.nz)

Although the climbers later "clarified" and said that they thought that Sharp was just resting, how the process is no longer important...

Earlier, Sharp twice fought in the Himalayas, but they all came back. He told others that it would be his last time to get close to Everest. He has not paid so much for expensive climbing costs.

This time, he was light and simple, did not hire any guides, successfully climbed to the top on May 14, but was due to lack of physical strength and lack of oxygen, etc., and finally settled on the way down.

The most affectionate: Francys Arsentiev - Solo Everest is of great risk. Even if many people walk together , life is equally fragile in the face of powerful and arrogant natural laws. However, in the confrontation with the cold and natural desperation, there are always some people who believe in the eternal warmth.

On May 23, 1998, the first female occupant of the United States, Francis Arsentiev, broke away with her husband Sergei and other teammates on her way down the summit.

Early the next morning, when Uzbek climbers Woodall and O'Dowd discovered her, she was still alive, but she had been exposed to the extreme cold for too long, so that she was almost mistaken for a dead body. Francy, who is drifting in consciousness, muttered to himself:

“Don't leave me” (Source: ranker.com) )

The two climbers gave up the summit and stayed with her for nearly an hour in the low temperature of minus 30 degrees. Finally, they had to go down the mountain because of the exhaustion of oxygen. At this time, Francys has no hope of saving, and the people she has been mourning have not been with her.

On the day of the accident, when the exhausted Sergei finally arrived at the camp, she found that the dismissed wife, Francys, did not return... Although she was already exhausted, Sergei, who was eager to protect her wife, turned and turned back to the mountain to rescue her wife.

That night, both husband and wife did not return.

Francys eventually died alone on the side of the road, Sergei also died because of the fall, the two mourned each other, while being buried in Mount Everest, but far away from everywhere, the two did not look.

The oldest: George Mallory - In the second year of the Francis couple's death, in 1999, the oldest remains on Mount Everest were discovered.

The upper part of the deceased's torso, one leg, and one left arm are almost well preserved. According to the scar on his waist, the testator found that when he fell from the cliff, he should be tied to another climber.

He is considered to be the George Explorer in the inexplicable disappearance of Mount Everest 75 years ago. The great explorer who regarded Mount Everest as a "symbol of the world"; when asked why he wanted to climb, he was countless in a word. An excellent climber quoted by people. He once said:

Because it's there. (Annotation: Because the mountain is there)

On June 8, 1924, Mallory and his companions disappeared after the summit of Mount Everest. When they were last seen, they were only a few hundred feet from the top of the Everest.

It is not known whether Mallory has successfully climbed to the top. Everest swallowed his body and slowly spit it out, swallowing a fresh life, but annihilating a living soul.

Today, Mallory is still considered one of the greatest mountaineers.

The most frightening: Hannelore Schmatz - If the long-time Mallory corpse shocked you, then you have to be careful, not far from the camp on the south slope of Mount Everest, a reclining mountain climber, cruel Everest has become the most frightening look.

In 1979, the German climber Hannelore Schmatz successfully climbed to the top, but was exhausted on the way down, regardless of the warnings of the Sherpa, and tied the tent to the "death zone".

At night, a strong storm suddenly hit, she survived in the storm, struggling to retreat to the main camp, but after all, because of lack of oxygen, extremely cold, exhausted, she fell down, only from the target camp 330 feet (about 100 meters).

Schmatz became the first German to be buried in Everest and the first female climber to be buried in Everest. She leaned back on her backpack, her eyes were round and her hair was condensed in the wind, becoming a presence that scared the climbers at the time.

Above the Everest, the strong wind blew through the year, blowing off the original Schmatz pattern, and eventually blowing her out.


Value is not worth it?

In 2010, a mountain climber from Belgium, Van Hurck, was climbing the Everest along the northern slope. He suddenly saw a climber lying close to him and quickly rushed over, hoping to help.

When I walked over to the man, I found out that it was a corpse. Someone put a bag on the head of the body to prevent the birds from eating the eyes of the body...

Hurck was almost sure to climb to the top, but after seeing this scene, he quickly withdrew the camp:

"It just didn't feel right to climb any further and celebrate at the summit."
"I think maybe I was seeing myself lying there."
(Annotation: I don't think I should continue to climb again, it seems that even celebrating the summit There is a sense of guilt; I feel like I see myself lying there. (Source: bbc.com )

What Van Hurck saw was unclear. The hundreds of bodies that existed in Everest, along with the force of nature, became the most difficult to clean up on Mount Everest.

Shipped down - not without trying. But transporting the corpse down the mountain is a big project. Before wrapping and fixing the body with a rope, the rescuers even have to cut them out from the surrounding ice...

Previously, the two participants were unfortunately killed because they tried to transport Schmatz's will. Ang Tshering of the Nepalese Mountaineering Association has made it clear that such risks are too unworthy:

To get one body off of the mountain, they are risking the lives of 10 more people." (Annotation: Moving a corpse down the mountain will make 10 people risk their lives) (Source: nbcnews.com )

If it can't be transported, it will become the "imprint" that can't be erased on Mount Everest.

  • For some environmentalists, the bodies of these victims are the biggest "pollution" on Mount Everest;
  • For the families of the victims, letting the deceased relatives violent wilderness is also a huge torture.

Going on - the best "mediation method" seems to be not to board, not to take risks, and naturally not to die.

Francis, who was buried in the Everest with her husband, had left her eleven-year-old son Paul to her decision to go to Mount Everest before she left. Paul clearly remembers that at the age of 11, he said:

"If I tell you you can't go, then at some point you'll be an old lady in a rocking chair saying, 'Dang, I should have done that.' I don't want to be the one to take that From you." (If I don't let you go, then when you are old, sitting in a rocking chair, you will regretfully repeat: "I should have gone." I don't want to take away your life because of myself. The most important part...) (Source: bbc.com )

After all, there are always some choices in life, with a fatal-like "have to", have to set off, have to let go.


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