Mount Everest, the highest mountain on earth above sea level, claimed many lives as adventurers tasked themselves with climbing the huge mountain that has an elevation of 8,848.86 m. The mountain, located in Asia between Tibet, an autonomous region of China, and Nepal, became the subject of discussion on Twitter after a tweet went viral yesterday stating that there are over 200 bodies along the route to the top of Mount Everest.
The tweet, shared by Morbid Knowledge, explained the disturbing reality that many climbers who went up the mountain remained there. The tweet, which garnered over 8.8 million views and 68.4K likes, reads, “Over 200 dead bodies lay along the route to the top of Mount Everest. The bodies are used as landmarks by climbers and have been given nicknames such as “Green Boots”.”
In response to the tweet, some questioned its accuracy, the circumstances surrounding the deaths, why people continued to climb it, and why the bodies have not been recovered.
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Over 300 people have died climbing Mount Everest, which takes two months, and almost two-thirds of those people are still on the mountain, according to data. Due to the expense and risk involved for the rescue squad, only a few bodies have ever been retrieved from Mount Everest. The bodies that are left serve as gruesome mile markers and a caution to climbers for all eternity.
On Mount Everest, severe mountain sickness, falls, avalanches, exhaustion, crevasses, exposure, and hypothermia are the most common causes of death. Additionally, because the air at the peak is only about one-third as thick as the air at sea level, it can be difficult to breathe in enough oxygen.
One of the most famous corpses on the mountain is “Green Boots.”