Francys Arsentiev
Human Mummy
Biographical Information
Name(s) Francys Arsentiev
Age 40
Sex female
Culture America
Date(s) January 18, 1958 – May 24, 1998
Site Mount Everest
Current Location
Location Mount Everest
Catalog #

Francys Arsentiev made it to the peak of Mt Everest without any extra oxygen, making her the first American woman to do so, but neither she nor her husband, Sergei, would ever finish their descent.

On the morning of May 24, 1998, she was encountered by other climbers on the way to the summit. After suffering from severe frostbite, her skin took on a waxy appearance. Two climbers called off their own summit attempts and tried to help Francys for more than an hour, but because of her hopeless condition, the perilous location, and freezing weather, they were forced to abandon her and descend to camp. According to them, she fell into a coma just before they were forced to leave her due to a lack of oxygen. She died as they found her, lying on her side, still clipped on to the guide rope. She was 40 years old.

Her body was called  "Sleeping Beauty" by climbers who spotted it.


Her frozen body was visible to climbers for nine years, from her death, May 24, 1998, to May 23, 2007. That day, Arsentiev's body, after a brief ritual, was wrapped in an American flag, and although the team was unable to bury her as they planned, did manage to move her body to a point out of sight from climbers and cameras.

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