Touching the Void : The True Story of One Man's Miraculous Survival (Paperback) - Simpson, Joe

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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 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.

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Publisher Harpercollins
Mfg Part# 9780060730550
SKU 35191890
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0060730552
Release Date 2/1/2004
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Dimensions (in Inches) 8.5H x 5.5L x 0.75T
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Annotation Mountain climber Joe Simpson delivers a harrowing but inspiring account of how he and his climbing partner, Simon Yates, survived a disastrous expedition to the top of a 21,000-foot peak in the Peruvian Andes. Simpson fell from the peak, breaking his leg, Yates tried to lower his friend to safety while a blizzard fell, but was forced to cut the rope to save his own life. Simpson goes on to tell how he managed to survive the drop, falling into a crevasse, freezing and frostbitten, and then made it back to base camp by crawling over Andean cliffs and gorges.
Annotation 1 This is the true story of friends Joe Simpson and Simon Yates, two experienced mountain climbers who met tragedy and triumph in the Andes. At the 21,000-foot peak of the mountain, Joe Simpson slipped and fell off an ice ledge, breaking his leg in the process. Although Simon Yates struggled to save Simpson, a harsh blizzard, and the fact that his own life was in grave peril, forced him to leave Simpson behind and make his own way back to base camp. This stirring account then tells of how Simpson managed to survive and make it back to his base camp, despite suffering from not only a broken leg, but also frostbite and starvation.
Editors Note 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.
Editors Note 3 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.
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Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0224
Publisher Harper Perennial

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