Into Thin Air: A Personal
Account of the Mt. Everest
•The body of “Green Boots,” an Indian climber who died in
1996 and is believed to be Tsewang Paljor, lies near a cave
that all climbers must pass on their way to the peak. Green
Boots now serves as a waypoint marker that climbers use to
gauge how near they are to the summit. Green Boots met
his end after becoming separated from his party. He sought
refuge in a mountain overhang, but to no avail. He sat there
shivering in the cold until he died.
Read Green Boots' story.

•In 2006, English climber David Sharp joined Green Boots.
He stopped in the now-infamous cave to rest. His body
For a list of fatalities on Mt. Everest,
I accomplished this week’s quiz with a simple google of “mountain
climbing deaths”, look at <images>, scrolled til I found it, didn’t care
for the climber only being called “Green Boots” so I looked a little
farther, (clicked on the image from within one website) and found
references a web site highlighting most important (I’m sure they
were all important to someone) of the 216 recorded deaths on Everest.

John Pero
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Answer to Quiz #384 - January 20, 2013
1. Where was this photo taken?
2.  Who is this supposed to be?  How did he get there?
3. Who is the most famous person who met the same fate?
TinEye Alert
You can find this photo on,
but the quiz will be a lot more fun if you solve the puzzle on your own.
1.  Mount Everest.
2.  Tsewang Paljor who died 10 May 1996.
He took shelter in the cave after becoming separated from his climbing party.
3.  Sir George Mallory, David Sharp, the Ice Man (yes that's acceptable)
Well Known-Fatalities and Near Fatalities on Mt. Everest
Congratulations to Our Winners!

Tom Collins                Janice M. Sellers
Steve Jolley                Gus Marsh
Jackie McCarty                Nelsen Spickard
John Pero                Rebecca Bare
Margaret Paxton                Tim Bailey
Joe Ruffner                Talea Jurrens
Daniel E. Jolley                Donna Jolley
Arthur Hartwell                Mileen Rawlinson
Diane Burkett                Marcelle Comeau
Mike Dalton                Talea Jurrens
Shelli Gordon                Joyce Veness
Comments from Our Readers
I totally agree.  I just don't understand the special kind of insanity you have to have to
want to do something that you know from the beginning is that deadly.  I guess I'm
just not adventurous enough. :)
Janice M. Sellers
N. B. Maybe you're just smarter than most... - Q. Gen.
I have to say you would really have to have a desire for doing something like this.
Mental and physical you would have to be prepared, but are you really ever prepared
for mother nature. I know each one of these people died for the love of something
they believed in.
Jackie McCarty
My dad died mountain climbing. Now that I have a family, I no longer climb.
Nelsen Spickard
This was, I don&#39;t know--spooky, morbid, sad. Leaving those bodies there, then
running into later--wow.
Tim Bailey
We both enjoyed the last quiz, particularly John. He used to be a winter camper (by
that I mean in ice and snow and whatever northern winters bring!) and has always
been fascinated by these people who keep pushing the 'weather' limits. He would not
undertake those kinds of adventures himself but certainly loves to read about them.
Every holiday I'm on the hunt for a book (or a DVD) on the subject to give him. But
he didn't know about "Green Boots".
Marcelle Comeau
If the ropes had not been visible in the picture I might have bing’d avalanche or skiing
accident instead (or maybe not).

As far as Mallory and rappelling, gear was entirely different, holds (bolts) were
primitive and unstable, ropes were hemp not nylon and heavy so limited in length.  A
modern climber would probably have some kind of braking device while rappelling
and definitely would not go farther than their rope would reach.  They also would
depend on multiple holds placed at critical increments so that if one gave way there
would still be protection from completely falling off the mountain as Mallory and
many others have before and since.
John Pero
Surprising that about 10 per cent of Everest climbers don't survive. Many bodies still
on the mountain, must be bad image for climbers who pass them. Make them wonder
is this me.
Arthur Hartwell
D'oh! Of course you are correct, George Mallory is probably the most notable victim
of Mount Everest.  However I saw so many references to David Sharp, especially in
the context of the Green Boots cave, that I chose him instead.  I had read that there
were tons of litter from all the climbing expeditions on the mountain, but I hadn't
thought that corpses of dead climbers would be left there as well.
Margaret Paxton
How John Solved the Puzzle
Lincoln Hall, Climber Who Survived on Everest, Dies at 56
March 24, 2012
Lincoln Hall, an Australian mountaineer
who in May 2006 was rescued on Mount
Everest after being left for dead and
surviving a night alone at more than
28,000 feet, died on Tuesday in Sydney.
He was 56.

His death was announced on the Web site
of the Australian Himalayan Foundation,
which supports improvements in
education, health care and conservation in
the Himalayan region. Mr. Hall had helped
Lincoln Hall at Mount Everest
May 28, 2006.
found it. Australian newspapers said he died of mesothelioma, which was attributed to
childhood exposure to asbestos.

In 1984, Mr. Hall was part of the first Australian expedition to ascend Everest as it
traced a new path for climbers not carrying oxygen. The expedition survived an
avalanche, and two of his companions achieved the summit, but Mr. Hall did not,
turning back a few hours short of the top when it became clear that to continue would
have put him in grave physical danger.

Twenty-two years later, he had an opportunity to salve his disappointment when he
joined another Everest expedition, one that included a 15-year-old, who was aiming to
become the youngest person to reach the top of the world, and filmmakers, who were
making a documentary of the attempt. The teenager did not make it — he turned back
when his breathing became difficult — but this time Mr. Hall did.

Mr. Hall spent 20 minutes at the summit, but shortly after he began his descent he was
struck by a severe form of high altitude sickness, cerebral edema: a swelling of the
brain that induces crippling lethargy, hallucinations and other symptoms. Maddened, by
his account, he turned and tried to reclimb the summit, but the sherpas who had
accompanied him tied him and began wrestling him down the mountain. After two
hours, Mr. Hall was showing no signs of life, and the exhausted sherpas, in touch by
radio with the expedition leader, were told to save themselves.

“Before you go down, please cover him with rocks,” they were told, Mr. Hall later said.
“Fortunately, at that particular spot there were no rocks.”

His death was announced, and his family was informed by telephone. It was about 12
hours later, at dawn on May 26, that a group of ascending climbers, who had been told
to expect to find Mr. Hall’s body, came upon him sitting up, his jacket unzipped,
frostbitten and very weak but miraculously still alive.

“I was shocked to see a guy without gloves, hat, oxygen bottles or sleeping bag at
sunrise at 28,200-feet height, just sitting up there,” the group’s leader, Daniel Mazur, an
American, told The Associated Press a few days after the rescue. Mr. Hall had greeted
him this way: “I imagine you are surprised to see me here.”

Mr. Hall was born in Canberra, Australia’s capital, on Dec. 19, 1955, according to The
Sydney Morning Herald. A high school physical education teacher took him on his first
climb, to Booroomba Rocks in the Namadgi National Park near Canberra.

He became one of Australia’s leading climbers, ascending peaks in the Himalayas, New
Zealand and Antarctica, and a prominent writer on mountaineering.

His books include “White Limbo” (1985), an account of the first Everest expedition;
“The Loneliest Mountain” (1989), a diary of Mr. Hall’s trip, with 10 others, to
Antarctica and their ascent — the first ever — to the peak of Mount Minto, higher than
13,000 feet; and the appropriately named account of his nearly fatal climb, “Dead
Lucky: Life After Death on Mount Everest” (2007).

In 2008, a documentary about his experience, “Left for Dead: Miracle on Everest,” was
shown on the National Geographic Channel.

The Herald reported that Mr. Hall is survived by his wife, Barbara Scanlan; his father,
Alan Hall; two sisters, Michele and Julia; and two sons, Dylan and Dorje. A lawyer for
Mr. Hall told the newspaper that Mr. Hall was exposed to asbestos in 1965 and 1966
when he and his father built playhouses on their property using asbestos-cement flat

“Death is not as black and white as it seems,” Mr. Hall told an audience in Sacramento,
Calif., in 2008. “In Tibetan Buddhism, death is interpreted as consciousness leaving
your body in separate stages over a period of time. It’s different if you’re run over by a
truck, but if you’re just dying, say, on Everest, there are stages of death. I ticked the
first two of those eight stages, and for some reason that process reversed. So I think
saying I died is probably more accurate than saying I didn’t.”
More than 200 people have died in their attempt to scale Mount Everest. The mountain
offers seemingly endless options for kicking the bucket, from falling into the abyss to
suffocating from lack of oxygen to being smashed by raining boulders. Yet climbers
continue to try their skills – and luck – in tackling Everest, despite the obvious dangers.
Indeed, the living pass the frozen, preserved dead along Everest’s routes so often that
many bodies have earned nicknames and serve as trail markers. Here are a few of the
more colorful tales, adapted from Altered Dimensions:
George Mallory
On far right of back row
There Are Over 200 Bodies on Mount Everest, And They’re Used as Landmarks
Green Boots
aka Tswang Paljor
Francys Arsentiev and  sometimesinteresting.files...
David Sharp
George Herbert Leigh Mallory (18 June
1886 – 8 or 9 June 1924) was an English
mountaineer who took part in the first
three British expeditions to Mount Everest
in the early 1920s.

During the 1924 British Mount Everest
Expedition, Mallory and his climbing
partner Andrew "Sandy" Irvine both
disappeared somewhere high on the North-
East ridge during their attempt to make the
first ascent of the world's highest
mountain. The pair's last known sighting
was only about 800 vertical feet from the

Mallory's ultimate fate was unknown for
75 years, until his body was discovered
on 1 May 1999 by an expedition that had
set out to search for the climbers'
remains. Whether or not Mallory and
Irvine reached the summit before they
died remains a subject of speculation and
continuing research.
Read more.
eventually froze in place,
rendering him unable to move
but still alive. Over 40
climbers passed by him as he
sat freezing to death. His plight
might have been overlooked as
passers-by assumed Sharp
was the already-dead Green
Boots. Eventually, some heard
faint moans, realized he was
still alive, and, too late,
attempted to give him oxygen
or help him stand.  

•Francys Arsentiev was the
first American woman to
reach Everest’s summit
without the aid of bottled
oxygen, in 1998. But climbers
do not recognize this as a
successful ascent since she
never made it down the
mountain. Following a rough
night time trek to camp, her
Famous female Nepal climber dead

One of Nepal's most famous female
mountaineers has died in a climbing accident
in the Himalayas.
husband, a fellow climber, noticed she was missing. Despite the dangers, he chose to
turn back to find his wife anyway. On his way back, he encountered a team of Uzbek
climbers, who said they had tried to help Francys but had to abandon her when their
own oxygen became depleted. The next day, two other climbers found Francys, who
was still alive but in too poor of a condition to be moved. Her husband’s ice axe and
rope were nearby, but he was nowhere to be found. Francys died where the two
climbers left her, and climbers solved her husband’s disappearance the following year
when they found his body lower down on the mountain face where he fell to his death.

Francys' story.  Read about decision to abandon Francys.
George Mallory's body found May 1999.
Pemba Doma Sherpa fell at about 8,000m while
descending Lhotse south of Mount Everest,
officials at the trekking firm where she was a
director told the BBC.

A spokeswoman for Climb High Himalaya said
friends and family were shocked.
Ms Sherpa was a respected
climber and charity worker
(Photo courtesy of Climb High
Two Sherpas died with Ms Sherpa on Lhotse, the world's fourth highest peak. She was
Nepal's first woman to climb Mount Everest by its north face.

Enormous risk

Two years after that 2000 climb, she again conquered the world's tallest peak from its
south side.

The 32-year-old was believed to be one of only six women who had scaled the
mountain twice, most recently as part of the 2002 Nepalese women's expedition.

Ms Sherpa's mother died when she was two. She was brought up by her grandparents
and went to one of the schools set up in Nepal by Sir Edmund Hillary, the first man to
climb Everest.

Ms Pemba went on to become fluent in nine languages, Climb High Himalaya's website

She spent much of her time abroad fund-raising for her non-profit organisation, Save
the Himalayan Kingdom, which educates children in Nepal regardless of their caste.

A statement by the Nepal Mountaineering Association said that the tragedy highlighted
the enormous risk that high-altitude Sherpa guides face.

It said they had to cross dangerous areas several times for the sake of clients, while
allowing them to descend first during bad weather.