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Touching the Void
Touching the Void
Joe Simpson


 
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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 from a ledge, off a ice vertical face, fracturing one of his legs. In the hour following, darkness fell and a blizzard raged as Yates tried to lower his partner to safety. Finally, Yates was forced to cut the rope, moments before he would have been pulled off the belay ledge into the precipice 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 guilty over abandoning his partner. Miraculously,
Simpson survived the fall, but crippled, starving, and frostbitten was trapped in a deep crevasse. Summoning vast reserves of physical and spiritual strength, Simpson crawled out of the crevasse, cliffs and canyons of the Andes, reaching base camp just hours before Yates had planned to leave.
How both men overcame the torments of the harrowing days in an epic tale of fear, suffering and survival, and a poignant testament to unshakable courage and friendship.
"I first read this book in 1988. Until today, I regard it as the best epic moments told by a mountaineer on his own words." --- Gilberto d'Urso, Mountain N' Air Books

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The Original 1988 classic true story of one man's miracle survival of a mountaineering accident.

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