Touching the Void: The Harrowing First-Person Account of One Man's Miraculous Survival

Touching the Void: The Harrowing First-Person Account of One Man's Miraculous Survival Joe Simpson
  • Title: Touching the Void: The Harrowing First-Person Account of One Man's Miraculous Survival
  • Author: Joe Simpson
  • ISBN: 9780060916541
  • Page: 382
  • Format: Paperback
  • Touching the Void: The Harrowing First-Person Account of One Man's Miraculous Survival Joe Simpson Touching the Void The Harrowing First Person Account of One Man s Miraculous Survival A truly astounding account of suffering and fortitude The Times London Joe Simpson and his climbing partner Simon Yates had just reached the top of a foot peak in the Andes when disaster stru
    A truly astounding account of suffering and fortitude The Times London Joe Simpson and his climbing partner, Simon Yates, had just reached the top of a 21,000 foot peak in the Andes when disaster struck Simpson plunged off the vertical face of an ice ledge, breaking his leg In the hours that followed, darkness fell and a blizzard raged as Yates tried to lower hisA truly astounding account of suffering and fortitude The Times London Joe Simpson and his climbing partner, Simon Yates, had just reached the top of a 21,000 foot peak in the Andes when disaster struck Simpson plunged off the vertical face of an ice ledge, breaking his leg In the hours that followed, darkness fell and a blizzard raged as Yates tried to lower his friend to safety Finally, Yates was forced to cut the rope, moments before he would have been pulled to his own death.The next three days were an impossibly grueling ordeal for both men Yates, certain that Simpson was dead, returned to base camp consumed with grief and guilt over abandoning him Miraculously, Simpson had survived the fall but, crippled, starving, and severely frostbitten, was trapped in a deep crevasse Summoning vast reserves of physical and spiritual strength, Simpson hopped, hobbled, and crawled over the cliffs and canyons of the Andes, reaching the base hours before Yates had planned to break camp.How both men overcame the torments of those harrowing days is an epic tale of fear, suffering, and survival a poignant testament to unshakable courage and friendship Told with lyrical quality and stunning immediacy, Touching the Void transcends its genre and becomes accessible to readers who have never had any desire to climb a glacier New York Newsday A gripping narrative that should excite armchair adventurers everywhere Cleveland Plain Dealer Simpson touches a nerve of the mountaineering community and the hearts of others Los Angeles Times Riveting, even compulsive reading Minneapolis Star Tribune
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    About Joe Simpson


    1. Joe Simpson is the author of the bestselling Touching the Void, as well as four subsequent non fiction books published by The Mountaineers Books This Game of Ghosts, Storms of Silence, Dark Shadows Falling, and The Beckoning Silence The Beckoning Silence won the 2003 National Outdoor Book Award The other three published by The Mountaineers Books were all shortlisted for the Boardman Tasker Award.


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    1. Me and Simon decided to climb this one mountain in Peru We went to the mountain We met this other guy along the way He was weird We hooked our doohickeys into the thingiebobbers and climbed over such and such thing It was hard Then we attached our zippity do dahs into the crack of this one big hunk of ice rock and did this climbing thingie Then we spent the night The next day we blabbidy blahed over the thingimajig We thought we might have to garbledy gook over the cattywhompus but we managed to [...]

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    2. One of my absolute favorite books, it transcends the genre.Some readers might be put off by talk of abseils, carabineers and crampons, but this is than a book about mountaineering, this is a book about being human It speaks of mortally, determination, suffering, hope, and friendship Joe Simpson conveys what climbing is to reader whom has never be off asphalt, what suffering is to the reader whom has never been off a cushion, and, what friendship is to the lonely This book will take you to Andes [...]

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    3. Joe Simpson had a remarkable experience totally of his whole making, but nevertheless the way he survived was pretty amazing Sadly, reading about it is a far less remarkable experience To enjoy the book, you may need to really know what a col is, what a moraine is and the dangers and qualities of three types of snow and countless types of ice.Essentially, it s one hundred pages of very, very detailed descriptions of climbing up a mountain who belayed when is covered in full detail, as is when th [...]

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    4. Joe Simpson and Simon Yates were young, fearless and a little too careless when they attempted to climb a 21,000 peak in the Andes.They were tired of their climbs in the Alps with all the traffic and thought a secluded climb in a beautiful setting would be a welcome change.They were enjoying their seclusion on the mountain until disaster struck.Joe Simpson suffers a serious fall and breaks his leg on the top of the mountain He is completely helpless and wholly dependent on Simon to save his life [...]

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    5. I never really understood what there was to debate in the big debate surrounding Touching the Void.Joe Simpson and Simon Yates made the first ascent on the west face of Siula Grande in 1985 but ran into some serious trouble coming back down A storm kicked up, and Simpson fell on the ice, driving his tibia through his knee His leg was a serious mess, and the pair tried to descend as fast as they could with the bad weather getting worse on that later.They made their descent with Yates helping Sim [...]

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    6. okay i am still not going to climb any mountains, at least not any that are covered with glaciers and are over 10K feet but what really got me about this story, what deeply deeply moved me to a new understanding of human endurance, was not that he climbed the peruvian andes, suffered sub zero temperatures huddled in a dugout snow cave, got frostbitten digits, put his life in his climbing partner s hands, or alternately held his climbing partner s life in his own hands, or that he shattered his k [...]

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    7. Exciting Yes This is the quintessential survival story, and it is true In 1985 Joe Simpson and Simon Yates decide to climb the west face of Siula Grande in the Peruvian Andes I am no mountaineer, but even I could spot some of their errors The book focuses on moral issues too view spoiler A prime one being that Simon cuts the rope between him and Joe, remember Joe is the author, causing Joe to fall into a deep crevasse Simon takes Joe for dead and returns to base camp, where Richard has remained [...]

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    8. By the time I reach the last page I recalled I heard myself screaming Man, this dude is really something Edaaaaaan An unbelievable and gripping story about survival and never say die spirit at its bestPOSSIBLY SPOILERSJoe Simpson dan sahabatnya, Simon Yates melakukan pendakian gunung Siula Grande 6.300m dpl dipegunungan Andes, Peru Setelah berhasil mencapai puncak dan dalam perjalanan menuruni gunung Joe terperosok sehingga kakinya patah Suatu kondisi yang bisa dianggap vonis mati digunung setin [...]

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    9. This book operates on two speeds fast and faster If I hadn t been reading several other books at the same time, it would have been a one or two day read with its scanty 174 pages The story takes place on Peru s 21,000 foot Siula Grande, a peak in the Andes Mountain range Joe Simpson and his climbing partner, Simon Yates, are alone on the mountain when disaster strikes and Joe slips, falls and fractures his leg Plenty of excitement follows, but I will leave mention of any details for readers to d [...]

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    10. Long, long ago, I used to play pool in the Broadfield pub in Sheffield I used to play another bloke regularly, nice guy if a bit irascible at times and, one day, he asked me what I did Writer, I said, but unsuccessful Oh, he said I ve written a book too Published It s not doing too badly He seemed like an interesting bloke, intelligent, given to philosophising, had seen a bit of the world as a mountain climber, so I thought I d give it a shot as much out of politeness as anything.The next time I [...]

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    11. Not since Moses climbed up Sinai to meet his maker has the story of a man, a mountain, and a brush with infinity attracted so much attention as Joe Simpson s Touching the Void 1988 The book has become a favorite with adrenaline addicts and is found near the top of most mountain literature must read lists Though the first chapters are laced with technical climbing jargon, the great chunk of the story is related in the short cries, grunts, and obscenities you would expect to find popping from the [...]

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    12. We climbed cause it s fun And mainly it was fun That s all we ever did And we were fairly anarchic and fairly irresponsible, and we didn t give a damn about anyone else or anything else, and we just wanted to climb the world And it was fun It was just brilliant fun And every now and then it went wildly wrong And then it wasn t Joe SimpsonI must confess I m a couch potato I m not proud but I m honest Regardless, this doesn t keep me from enjoying watching others push their bodies to the limit Cli [...]

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    13. This is a story which asks you so many questions of yourself What would you have done How much inner strength do you have Physical strength is only one aspect of survival Could I forgive someone who left me to die Could I leave someone to die I read this before I saw the excellent film but I don t think it would matter which way round you met this amazing story.

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    14. mariesbookgarden My husband went to prep school with Joe Simpson in England although Simpson s a few years older than him , so I ve wanted to read this book for some time.Joe Simpson and his climbing partner, Simon Yates, climbed a mountain peak in the Andes the 21,000 foot Siula Grande While ascending, Joe broke his legwhich can be an immediate death sentence for mountain climbers However, Simon risked his own life to lower Joe 3,000 feet down the mountain while Joe kept digging belays into the [...]

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    15. Sungguh bersyukur bulan November ini saya kebanjiran buku buku bermutu Salah satunya adalah buku ini Touching The Void adalah kisah mengenai pendakian di pegunungan Andes, Peru, yang dilakukan oleh Simon Yates dan Joe Simpson Sesungguhnya pendakian berlangsung sempurna dan mereka sempat mengambil gambar gambar yang menakjubkan sebelum akhirnya kelelahan Hawa dingin dan cuaca yang tak menentu juga ikut menentukan nasib mereka Simon terserang frostbite yang cukup parah pada jari tangannya, sementa [...]

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    16. If you are looking for a great book about rock climbing mountaineering, or a book about beating the odds, or a book that is just going to make you squirm in sympathetic pain, then this is the book for you It s a great story and true it s terrifying and gripping I read it mostly on the edge of my seat Simpson s very blunt and straight forward storytelling is refreshingly honest and humble, and it also places you directly in the moment with him There is no buffer between the reader and the narrati [...]

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    17. Toccando il vuoto1985, Per Joe Simpson l autore del libro e Simon Yates, due alpinisti britannici, affrontano la scalata alla cima andina della Siula Grande 6.536 metri L ascesa non comporta grandi problemi, ma durante la discesa Joe cade e si frattura un ginocchio A quelle altezze un alpinista con una frattura del genere praticamente un uomo morto Ma i due non si danno per vinti Simon lega Joe alla corda e lo fa scivolare lungo il pendio per tutta la durata della corda una cinquantina di metri [...]

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    18. After ascending a 21,000 foot peak in the Andes, Joe Simpson and Simon Yates are on their way down when Joe falls and breaks his leg Rather than leave his partner behind, Simon begins the arduous task of belaying Joe down the face of the mountain Suddenly, as Simon is lowering Joe into the mists, all of Joe s weight pulls the rope taught After several minutes, with no release of weight and his own position in serious danger, Simon makes the painful decision to cut the rope on his partner.Unbekno [...]

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    19. Ok, even though the reader knows how it ends as one of the mountaineers wrote this book, it s incredibly suspenseful I do seem to adore mountain climbing books, although it s a totally vicarious experience as you could never get me on one of these expeditions Especially this one as their method was different than all the other accounts I ve read of mountain climbers On the one hand I felt infuriated with these 2 men for taking such huge risks, but their story is unbelievably riveting and well to [...]

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    20. Picture this an incredible panoramic view of a rugged mountain range and the camera slowly pans to the point where you see two tiny black specs climbing a 21,000 foot, shear faced mountain wall It s well below freezing The wind is ripping through the air And two climbers are hanging by their fingertips and boot toes but lashed together with a single strand of nylon rope and a few pitons hammered into the rock After twelve hours, they crest an outcrop of rock and have just enough room to sit, fir [...]

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    21. This is a classic survival book and it includes examples of all the things I look for in a good classic read Two young mountain climbers attempt a new ascent of a remote mountain in Peru To save weight and space they do not take enough tools and food with them, then weather and other unexpected difficulties lead to the ascent taking longer than expected The two climbers push themselves when they should have rested and take some other unnecessary risks so when the author Joe Simpson falls and bre [...]

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    22. This is the second time I have read Joe Simpson s Touching the Void In younger years, when I had energy and less sense, I probably would have rated it four stars instead of three Not now.As to adventure, it pumps adrenalin through readers veins as fast as the government these days pumps money through the failing finincial institutions, especially after a major catastrophe and the so called ethical dilemma toward the middle of the book.What becomes very obvious very soon is how young, immature, [...]

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    23. This book contains a lot of technical climbing descriptions that were difficult to understand precisely, but its story is heart pounding and I found I oouldn t put it down It is the account of author Joe Simpson s survival after breaking his leg descending 21,000 foot Siula Grande with his climbing partner, Simon Yates Yates did not leave Simpson after the accident, but risked his own life lowering him for the next 3,000 feet, until Simpson, unbeknowst to Yates above him, fell into a deep crevas [...]

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    24. This is the story of young mountaineer Joe Simpson Along with his friend Simon Yates, he is attempting to climb a mountain in Peru, Siula Grande by a route that had never been climbed before During their time in the mountains, however, disaster strikes First a fall leaves Joe with a serious injury and while they are trying to get back down the mountain, another fall results in Simon having to cut the rope joining them together to save his own life and effectively condemning Joe to die on Siula G [...]

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    25. I find it very hard to review non fiction books because it requires carefully distinguishing between the impact of the real life events they describe and the quality of the description itself Joe Simpson s Touching the Void originally 1988, but I have read the 2004 edition presents an absolutely amazing story of a mountain climber s survival Yet, despite the tremendous impact of the events shown, the book is not outstanding.Joe Simpson and Simon Yates are climbing the yet unconquered West Face o [...]

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    26. Considering the circumstances here mountaineer up 19,000 feet breaks his leg, saves himself after his partner is forced to leave him , this book should ve been captivating I should ve been entirely engrossed by this survival story Really, the page count could ve been halved and we could ve had 90% less mountaineering terminology There was no emotion in this the storytelling was flat The mountain had personality than the two climbers.

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    27. I don t know how long it s been since a book kept me up reading until the wee hours This one was riveting And I initially wanted to say this book was also inspiring because indomitable will to live, when you re going through hell keep going, etc but really, it was just painful I ve been thinking for the past few months that I want to kick my climbing up a notch and start mountaineering And then I read stories like this and I m not so sure It s not that it can t be done safely than these guys di [...]

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    28. In The Sound of Music Mother Abbess told us to climb every mountain This, Mother, is the tale of why that advice should not be followed, no matter how much confidence you have in you or in meeeeeeeee.A guy gets stuck up on a mountain by himself, with not a lonely goatherd in sight, and no clothes made out of curtains.

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    29. I loved the sparse, dry style Simpson wrote the book in, I enjoyed the technical descriptions ok, I am target audience, so I guess it s not everyone s cup of tea , I identified with the vicious circle Joe talked about after summit ing I also appreciated not using a ghost writer or a co writer, the whole experience had a much visceral feeling to it Touching the void is addictive, just like climbing and reaching for goals that might seem unattainable is I also very much liked the way Joe s feelin [...]

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    30. I love this book Such a plain statement, I love this book , but it contains the total engagement of my heart and mind with Joe s story Joe and Simon are in the Peruvian Andes, young healthy experienced mountaineers, to climb the West Face of Suila Grande They start out in high spirits but the climb on very treacherous terrain and the brutal weather are taking their toll They make it to the summit, cross the ridge and start to head down but as they proceed Joe falls off a cliff and when he hits t [...]

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