Spooky Saturday: Green Boots.

Green Boots,© 2015 Liz Vitale

Green Boots,© 2015 Liz Vitale

What would you think if your earthly remains could end up as a landmark?

Well, that was the fate of Green Boots, the unidentified corpse of a Mount Everest mountain climber that has become a landmark on the main northeast ridge route of the mountain.The term “Green Boots” originates from the green mountain climbing boots still on the frozen body.

Green Boots is commonly believed to be Indian climber Tsewang Paljor,who was wearing green Koflach boots on the day he and two others in his party journeyed up the mountain in 1996, but  it is possible that the body may instead be that of his team member Dorje Morup. Regardless,the green-booted remains are one of over 200 corpses remaining on Everest.
Green Boots soon became a sort of “landmark”, as all the expeditions from the north side encounter the body of the Indian climber curled up in the limestone alcove cave where he perished. The cave is located at 27,890 feet andspent oxygen bottles litter the area around it. Just inside the cave once lay another body;in this tiny alcove, British climber David Sharp froze to death while as many as three dozen Everest climbers trudged past him, assuming that his ice-covered eyelids, ashen skin and knees-to-chest position indicated that he was too frostbitten to rescue. In actuality, he had stopped in the now-infamous cave to rest. His body eventually froze in place, rendering him unable to move but still alive. His remains were later removed at the request of his family and a stone cairn built around him.

2/16/16:Update: I have found a very interesting page all about Palijor and his family.

At least 200 climbers have died on Everest since the mountain was first successfully scaled in 1953. Some people–alive or dead–tumble off ledges, their bodies lost forever. Retrieving climbers from the treacherous slopes of Everest  is a nearly astronomical feat, and most deceased climbers are left behind. To reach the summit of Mount Everest, climbers must ascend through a field of corpses—the bodies of climbers who never returned. The area is appropriately named “The Death Zone,” and lies 26,000 feet or so up the 29,035-foot mountain.

May they rest in peace.

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