THE BODIES OF MOUNT EVEREST

The tallest mountain on Earth, Mount Everest stands as the ultimate monolith to be conquered by climbers willing to pay up to $25,000 for a chance to make it to the top.  However, Everest is a dangerous and inhospitable place; At 26,000 feet climbers enter "The Death Zone" where the air is so thin that climbers literally start to slowly die.  Instantaneous frostbite is possible and the lack of oxygen makes climbers bewildered and weak.

Over 200 climbers who ascended Mount Everest never came down and some of their bodies have been lying on the mountain for over fifty years, but due to the temperature and low oxygen, they have been preserved as grisly markers for other more fortunate climbers.

Due to the environment, it is next to impossible to recover these bodies.

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This body has been on the mountain since 1996 and has been named "Green Boots."  It is used as a landmark for climbers.

This woman was found barely alive by a couple.  "Please don't leave me," she cried to them, but the couple knew there was nothing they could do to help her and were forced to leave her behind.  Eight years later and racked with guilt, they returned to give her a proper "burial."

This is George Mallory who fell to his death in 1924.

A vast number of the victims were exhausted climbers who stopped to take a nap and simply never woke up.

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