MummificationJust as the rest of the bodies on Mount Everest, extreme cold allowed for Sharp to be preserved.
He died as a result of a combination of faulty equipment, poor conditions, and to exposure. Soon after he achieved the summit, Sharp began his decent, regarded as the most dangerous part of the climb. He was forced to traverse the mountain with a broken head lamp and a frozen oxygen supply. These issues added to exhaustion ended in another mountain fatality
Sir Edmond Hillary, the first man to make the summit, spoke with outrage about Sharp being left to die while other climbers pushed on to the summit..."he was a human being! We would regard it as our duty to get him back to safety."
David Sharp's body has also been used as a marker or a checkpoint for other climbers.