Goutam Ghosh‘s corpse has been left frozen on the ascent to Mount Everest for a year. In an eerie, yet captivating story, the New York Times now reports on the retrieval of the climber’s dead body:

Apparently abandoned at his time of greatest need, he was a mute embodiment of their worst fears. One climber stepped on the dead man and apologized profusely. Another saw the body and nearly turned around, spooked by the thought of his own worried family back home. Another paused on his descent to hold a one-sided conversation with the corpse stretched across the route.

Who are you? Who left you here? And is anyone coming to take you home?

Everest is a scary place.