Green Boot Cave – Tsewang Paljor

Gren Boot CaveOil and tempera on canvas, 2010, 135 * 120 cm

The Green Boot Cave is a small cave close to the summit of Mount Everest. Many climbers pass it on their way up the normal north route. It is named after the boots of Tsewang Paljor still lying there.

The dead body of the climber lays curled in a fetal position under an overhang – see the in the mid right of the painting. Tsewang Paljor is the victim of exposure in the storm that hit Everest on 10 May 1996. He came to be referred as Green Boots and represents one of the best known landmarks on Everest. The name derives from the fluorescent green Koflach boots he wore.

This painting of the Green Boot Cave is part of my “Top of the world” series. This series portraits eleven climbers of Mount Everest with very different fates. Have a look. 

The green boot cave occurs often in the description of fatalites. For instance, David Sharp died nearby.

Source: Wikipedia

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