Touching the Void: The True Story of One Man's Miraculous Survival
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... show more
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 crawled over the cliffs and canyons of the Andes, reaching base camp hours before Yates had planned to leave. How both men overcame the torments of those harrowing days is an epic tale of fear, suffering, and survival, and a poignant testament to unshakable courage and friendship.
Publish date: December 31st 2003
Publisher: Harper Paperbacks
Pages no: 218
Edition language: English
, Non Fiction
, Sports And Games
I just finished touching the void and it was a sick book. I thought it was the best book i've read in a long time. The story was great and was crazy. My Favorite part was when he got out of the crevasse and how much balls that would have taken to go deeper into it. I felt really bad for Simon wh...
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.A prime one being tha...
Wow! This book was amazing. Joe Simpson and Simon Yates both went through so much during their climb of the west face of Siula Grande of the Peruvian Andes....seriously, this book is intense! I absolutely loved it. Joe is an amazing storyteller and he manages to lock the reader in a spiral of suspen...
Great story. Two friends goes for an excursion. Unfortunately one of them gets injured, his friend tries to get him down from the mountain but then he's forced to cut his friend off in order to save his own life. The the struggle begins, of both of them. Really good, well written. It is a monument o...