FRANCYS Arsentiev became the first woman from the US to reach the summit of Mount Everest without bottled oxygen, but she died during the descent.
The Hawaii native was 40 at the time of her death.
Who Is Sleeping Beauty on Mount Everest?
Francys Arsentiev, not an experienced climber, would tragically become known as Sleeping Beauty on Mount Everest following her tragic death in 1998.
Arsentiev and her husband Sergei, a skilled and experienced climber, both attempted to tame Everest without the help of suppemental oxygen.
Both of them would make it to the peak, but Francys Arsentiev died on her way down.
Sergi Arsentiev made it all the way down, but had become separated from his wife.
He would die during a desperate attempt to find his wife.
Other climbers would come across Francys Arsentiev as she lay dying, but could not help her.
An observer would remark that her body looked like Sleeping Beauty.
Years later climber Ian Woodall would lead a mission that would give Arsentiev a proper burial, according to All That’s Interesting.
Francys and Sergei Arsentiev were survived by a young son.
What is Mount Everest?
Mount Everest, which shares both the Nepal and Tibet borders, is the world’s highest mountain.
Hundreds of climbers manage to conquer the mountain every year due to improved technology and knowledge, but reaching the peak remains a treacherous undertaking.
“At 29,035 feet, Everest’s summit has approximately one-third the air pressure that exists at sea level, which significantly reduces a climber’s ability to breathe in enough oxygen,” according to National Geographic.
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“Because of this, scientists have determined that the human body is not capable of remaining indefinitely above 19,000 feet.
“As climbers move higher up the mountain and their oxygen intake is reduced, their bodies are increasingly at risk for a number of ailments, including pulmonary edema, cerebral edema, and blood embolisms.”
About 300 people have died trying to climb Mount Everest, and about half of the bodies remain on the mountain.