CBC News: How many bodies are still on the mountain?
Alan Arnette: You know, you'll never get a 100% accurate number for that.
Last year I was climbing it, one of our climbers died, and his body was removed.
The best number I have is that approximately 233 people have died and of those, my wild guess is that 200 bodies are still there.
Reclaiming the dead on Mt. Everest
Q&A with mountain climber Alan Arnette
By Mark Quinlan, CBC News
Posted: May 25, 2012 12:35 AM ET
Last Updated: May 25, 2012 10:32 AM ET
As any experienced mountaineer will tell you, ascending Mount Everest demands skill, experience and a deep knowledge of the mountain and your own limitations.
The climb is so perilous that the vast majority of those who attempt it fail to achieve their objective.
Worse, the bodies of those who could not descend in time, who made a crucial mistake or simply suffered bad luck remain littered across Everest's treacherous path, a grim warning to others who would aspire to reach its peak.
As Sandra Leduc, a climber following the same route as her ill-fated fellow Canadian, Shriya Shah-Klorfine, tweeted, the path was strewn with "lots of dead or dying bodies," adding, "Thought I was in a morgue."
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'Green Boots,' an Indian climber who died in a small rock alcove on Mount Everest in 1996. Arnette says he is called a landmark, something he considers 'very disrespectful.' In 2006, the year this photo was taken, British climber David Sharp collapsed and died in the same alcove.