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Mt. Everest’s Fallen Adventurers

The bodies of those claimed by the peaks of Everest remain preserved as warnings of the perils of the highest mountain in the world.

Many have climbed to the top of the world on Mt. Everest, and many have failed. What happens to those who fall to the perils of Everest, a mountain with a place labeled “The Death Zone” around 26,000 feet above sea level.

Mt. Everest - photo courtesy of Getty images

Mt. Everest – photo courtesy of Getty images

Above 26,000 feet, temperatures nosedive, winds buffet the mountain, and the ice creates a slippery and deadly risk to climbers. Low atmospheric pressure is the silent killer at this height, where only about ½ the oxygen exists compared to sea level. Climbers who fail to acclimate prior to the ascent can black out in minutes. It takes at least 12 hours to travel through this stretch of the great mountain.

The dead lie as they fell. This one was resting against a snow drift when he died.

The dead lie as they fell. This one was resting against a snow drift when he died.

For those who fall, they usually stay where they lie. It is often impossible to recover a body under the conditions that led to their demise. The rest on the ice and snows, reminding those that follow that a simple misstep, a careless mistake, or a freak act of nature, can send them to the same end.

One of the earliest Everest dead to be found, face down where he fell

One of the earliest Everest dead to be found, face down where he fell

An injured climber unable to go on risks the lives of the entire climbing party. They are often abandoned by their climbing team simply because it is too dangerous to save them. Survival for the majority of the climbers takes precedence.

green boots on everes

This infamous climber’s neon green boots point the way to travelers during their ascent of the mountain

Over 150 explorers claimed by Mt. Everest lie in state in their icy, above-ground tombs. The conditions that killed them also preserve them. Many bodies are never located, and fewer still are recovered after being found. They lie as a grim and graphic reminder of the cost to reach the top of Everest.

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