Winner of the Boardman/Tasker Award, this book tells the story of how two friends, Joe Simpson and Simon Yates, confront the greatest challenge of their lives. Together on the West Face of Siula Grande in the Peruvian Andes, they leave behind the humdrum of everyday. In June 1985 they achieved the summit before disaster struck. A few days later, Simon staggered into Base Camp, exhausted and frostbitten, to tell their non-climbing companion that Joe was dead. For three days he wrestled with guilt as they prepared to return home. Then a cry in the night took them out with torches, where they found Joe, badly injured, crawling through snowstorm in a delirium. What happened and how they dealt with the psychological traumas that resulted when Simon was forced into the appalling decision to cut the rope, makes not only an epic of survival but a powerfully moving testament of friendship.
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Winner of the Boardman/Tasker Award, this book tells the story of how two friends, Joe Simpson and Simon Yates, confront the greatest challenge of their lives. Together on the West Face of Siula Grande in the Peruvian Andes, they leave behind the humdrum of everyday life.Review:
‘….the…readers…transmit all the terror and death-defying relief associated with the story.’ -- Observer
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Book Description HarpPeren, 1900. Book Condition: New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: "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 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. Bookseller Inventory # ABE_book_new_0060916540
Book Description HarpPeren, 1900. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0060916540
Book Description Harpercollins, 1989. Paperback. Book Condition: New. First Edition. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0060916540
Book Description HarpPeren, 1900. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110060916540