4. Beck Weathers really did have vision problems
In the 2015 film, Josh Brolin plays American pathologist and climber Beck Weathers, one of the survivors of the 1996 climbing disaster as well as the author of the book Left For Dead: My Journey Home From Everest.
In the film, he develops blurred vision and can’t see very far in front of him. The fact of the matter is that Weathers had undergone radial keratotomy surgery not too long before the climb, and was therefore blinded by the high altitude and high levels of ultraviolet radiation he experienced.
Weather’s story—and it was quite the ordeal—has a somewhat happy ending. While his right arm was amputated between the elbow and wrist and he lost his fingers on his left hand — and even though his nose had to be amputated, and reconstructed using bits of his forehead and ear — Weathers still practices medicine. He is also a motivational speaker.
5. There is a body on Everest known as Green Boots
There is an unidentified corpse on Everest known as Green Boots; the nickname stems from the fact the corpse was wearing green mountaineering boots. It is extremely likely that Green Boots is in fact Tsewang Paljor, an Indian climber who perished during the disastrous 1996 climb led by Rob Hall. However, this cannot be confirmed. It could also be the body of someone named Lance Naik Dorje Morup, who died on the 11th of May in 1996.
Green Boots’ body spent well over a decade in a limestone alcove cave, which is located at close to 28,000 feet above
the Earth’s surface. In 2014, climbers reported the corpse as missing, but it was located again in 2017 at the aforementioned altitude.
Another climber named David Sharp died in Green Boots’ cave in 2006. His body was removed from the site the following year. Sharp’s death caused controversy due to the fact he was ignored by many climbers on their way to and from the summit of Mount Everest a result of Sharp being mistaken for Green Boots himself.
6. Jon Krakauer regrets climbing Everest
Jon Krakauer, who was played by Michael Kelly in the 2015 film about the disastrous climb, has written several bestselling books about his experiences with the outdoors and he is also a mountaineer. While he got a book out of his experience on Everest, Krakauer told the Huffington Post that he regrets the climb and suffers from PTSD as a result of his experiences on the mountain. Following the tragic events of the climb, he was extremely critical of the commercialization of the mountain and the dangerous climbing involved in getting to its summit. His experience with Everest was told in the book “Into Thin Air”.