His Corpse Was A Landmark On The Everest… Until His Body Disappeared

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The body of a dead Mount Everest climber, which is now referred to as Green Boots. (Maxwelljo40 / Wikimedia Commons)
The body of a dead Mount Everest climber, which is now referred to as Green Boots. (Maxwelljo40 / Wikimedia Commons)

1922 British Mount Everest expedition where 7 sherpa climbers died. These were the first reported deaths on the Everest.

Hillary and Tenzing became the 1st to reach the summit in the 9th britsih expedition to the Everest. 1996 mount Everest disaster where 15 people were killed due to storm.

The story of Green Boots

‘Green Boots’ used to be a popular milestone on the way to the summit. These were green coloured shoes purportedly worn by an Indian climber named Tsewang Paljor. He was part of an expedition in 1996 which had only one survivor, Harbhajan Singh. Sensing imminent danger, Singh had urged his 3 colleagues, including Paljor, to give up and turn back to camp. But the team ignored him and reached the summit.

However, on return, they fell to blizzard and zero visibility. Paljor’s body lay frozen near a cave, his green shoes being most conspicuous of all remains. Hence the name, Green Boots. In 2014, Green Boots, like many other fallen climbers, were reverentially dropped on the lee side of the mountain.

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