The world is full of massive perils and dangerous places. As humans, we have every reason to avoid these areas.
There’s often no reward for enduring the harsh conditions of deserts, the dangerous depths of open seas, or especially the craggy, lethal climbs of massive mountains.
But the fact that we shouldn’t is often the very motivation that pushes so many to try. We landed on the moon, after all. There’s nowhere we shouldn’t be able to go on our planet.
One of the most challenging places in the world is Mount Everest, the tallest mountain on the planet with the highest accessible peak for climbers and daredevils that want to stand out in history as the few brave and fit enough to make it.
But so many fail, and there is no safe or easy way back down when they fail. Their bodies stay behind as markers, warnings for those attempting to surpass them that one mistake can cost them their life.
That is the unfortunate legacy of “Green Boots,” an unidentified man who, for several years, was a trail marker to let people know they were crossing into dangerous heights.
10 /10 Green Boots
The first documented video sighting of the famous corpse happened in 2001. A French climber taped part of the journey up the calmer face of the mountain when he spotted what looked like another climber sleeping in under a rock overhang.
It turned out to be a dead man in an orange jacket with blue pants and green climbing boots. And he had been dead for quite a long time.
9 /10 Boots For A Name
To this day, the true identity of Green Boots is not factually known. Many people climb Everest every year to succeed and are seen as incredible athletes or to die and be mourned.
Many others give up partway or turn back after a certain point. Unfortunately, many more die and the extreme difficulty of relocating their bodies for the identification or formal burial makes it impossible to tell just who is who.
Add to that the states of decay, some of the bodies are mere skeletons in winter jackets.