Mount Everest: One Big Graveyard?

I don’t know a whole lot about Mount Everest. I knew that it was intense, and that most people that attempt to climb it tend to be on the slightly crazier end of the outdoor enthusiast spectrum.

Mount Everest

A buddy of mine sent me this blog post about Everest this morning. Here are a few of the things that stood out to me:

There is a landmark on the ascent known among climbers as “Green Boots Cave”. It’s a small limestone overhand at 8500 m. It earned it’s nickname because a climber died there and can still be seen in the fetal position with his fluorescent green boots sticking out of the snow, as if he had died yesterday.

For every ten climbers who have ever reached the summit of Everest, one of them dies. Out of the 216 people that have been claimed by Everest, 150 of their bodies have never been recovered.

Mount Everest actually penetrates the troposphere, where Jet Streams regularly flow up to 200 mph. Everest is 1 of only 14 mountains worldwide (known as “eight-thousanders“) that reaches up into what is known as “the Death Zone” (beyond 8000 meters). In the Death Zone, climbers regularly experience odd physical and mental states, including unsettling hallucinations.

Even rescue operations are essentially suicidal in the Death Zone. One attempt by a Sherpa and a Nepalese policeman resulted in the falling death of both individuals.

“Rainbow Valley” is an area along the northeastern route of Everest’s summit. It earned it’s nickname due to the multicolored jackets of corpses that can be seen all along the hillside. Due to Everest’s sub zero conditions, these corpses remain intact for decades.

David Brashears, who has summited Everest five times, has said that “there had been nothing in my training to prepare me to pass through the open graveyard waiting above.”

Needless to say, Everest is much more intense than I had originally thought. I had always thought that when I’m older and have money to throw around, it might be something I’d like to try. After reading this article, I can honestly say that I’ve changed my mind. Crazy stuff.

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22 Responses to Mount Everest: One Big Graveyard?

  1. john stamos
    December 9, 2010 at 2:43 pm

    clicking on this wiki link (the open graveyard) it seems as the majority of deaths have happened in may. I wonder what it is about May that has that reading. Is it prime time to climb?

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  2. pmaster
    December 10, 2010 at 11:09 am

    @ stamos:
    ” Ascents are very rarely attempted outside a very short window between May and June when conditions are at their absolute best, with average temperatures of -27 degrees celcius, and 50 mph winds.”
    -from the blog.

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  3. J-A
    December 12, 2010 at 12:07 am

    -27 degrees? Gosh that sure sounds “absolute best” to me! :p

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  4. Dustin
    December 15, 2010 at 2:54 pm

    Suddenly I feel like a pussy complaining about the south eastern cold front we’re currently experiencing. I can hardly handle 30 degrees Fahrenheit, so I think an Everest expedition is out of the picture.

    ..Dude, I can’t believe the Crawlspace is still around. Remember those desktop ads that would pay you for having them open and those little mouse moving programs that would trick them into thinking you were active? Heh.

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  5. john stamos
    December 20, 2010 at 10:58 am

    @Dustin – you mean “ad-vantage” that was amazing, they really paid out to. it was sketchy as all hell but amazing.

    and my favorite “memory” of the Crawlspace was the following in no particular order.
    1. the old look (grey boxes 1 column)
    2. the “cam girls/everyday hotties section
    3. the acarhit.us forum

    bring back memories of highschool/college.

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  6. randyc
    December 28, 2010 at 10:38 pm

    @Dustin … yah, I remember the old crawl space. I used to host babe of the day or week or whatever… remember that?

    acarhit.us? omfg i forgot that even existed. I also hosted that. Possibly the worst layout I’ve made ever.

    Did any of you remember when the E/N scene was huge with the camgirls being a new thing? Beer for Breakfast?

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  7. john stamos
    December 29, 2010 at 1:13 pm

    @randyc ah yes, back when stile was king, nay was jailbait, and the posts were really about everything and nothing.

    john, you should have a “in memory of 10 years of jiglet” throw back, and reformat the site one last time, with as much silly nonsense as you possibly can.

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  8. randyc
    January 12, 2011 at 1:24 pm

    I’m all for a 10 years of Jiglet!

    mannnn I should start digging for screen shots.

    jiglet.cjb.net for life!

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  9. John
    February 7, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    Dustin, I definitely remember those. Don’t recall ever getting paid for them, though. There was one with “surf” in the name that I spent a ton of time with (most of my time went into trying to trick them with macros and etc) and they owed me hundreds of bucks… Never paid out!

    Reply
  10. John
    February 7, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    I had a lot of stuff saved… Screenshots of my site when it was on angelfire (angelfire.com/oh2/j0hn) and altern.org… I recently knocked an external hard drive off of my desk and lost it all, though. Definitely need to look into data recovery services… Spoke with one company but they said it’ll cost me a minimum of $500… Ouch.

    Reply
  11. randyc
    February 14, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    John — have you tried opening the external drive and plugging it in straight?

    Reply
    • Jiglet
      February 18, 2011 at 9:13 pm

      I have not. Maybe I should give that a shot. I’ll probably put it off for 6 months – but the idea is definitely on the backburner. Thanks!

      Reply
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  16. Bob Smith
    May 27, 2012 at 7:47 am

    “Out of the 216 people that have been claimed by Everest, 150 of their bodies have never been recovered.”
    Eaten by Yetis no doubt :)

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  18. Paige
    August 6, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    These statistics are so horrible, bodies of 150 out of 216 persons couldn’t be found. And you Mr. pmaster saying -27 derees celsius temp and 50 mph wind is best conditions, shame on you. RIP all of you.

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  19. Kaylee Allen
    August 27, 2012 at 6:37 am

    I’ve read your blog, it is very rich in information about the Mount Everest.

    Despite many number of death recorded, Mount Everest still remains one of the most beautiful mountains to climb.

    Personally I love to climb and make the adventure, this is one of my favorite hobbies. I really like to be in contact with the nature and see what am i able to do. The Everest is a mountain located in the Himalayas, so it advisable once in his life for the person who can do it. It is located between the Nepal (Sagarmatha) and China (Tibet) for those who don’t really know where he is located.

    His altitude is quite impressive, around of 8848 meters exactly.

    For the person who really like adrenaline, it’s highly recommended for them. I also heard that some person organizes several types of expedition to climb this mountain.
    As i’m concern, i want to plan to climb this mountain at the end of this year. And you, about you, are you interested to do this with we?

    It’s not advisable to go alone, because you risk losing life, it’s preferable to go with group.

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  20. Simon
    August 29, 2012 at 12:44 am

    The number of people that have died trying to reach the top of Mount Everest is shocking. If climbers only have a one in ten chance of coming back alive I’m surprised so many attempt it.

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