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I remember seeing this documentary years ago, but had never read the book It was just as harrowing to read and I could feel the tension fear leap off the pages Usually, when set in very cold climes, I also feel that also, but weirdly this time I did not The description of the pristine mountains, snow ice walls did loom very menacing in my mind, I suppose because I knew what was coming.Joe his friend Simon were going to attempt a first ascent to the summit of one of the Andes mountains They made the summit but on the descent a horrible accident occurs in which Joe sustains a badly broken leg Simon courageously tries to help him down the mountain using the ropes manages to lower Joe about 300ft when another fall occurs Simon realizes he is going to go over the edge also, he cuts the rope He believes Joe died with that action and exhaustedly continues his descent wracked with guilt But Joe survives and through unbelievable will he fights through pain, despair, hunger thirst to manage to eventually claw, hop, crawl his way back towards the base camp over 4 days 3 nights An amazing story of determination resilience. 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 knee, got dragged through the snow for 2 days, fell down a crevasse and had to climb out with a mashed leg, dragged himself half delirious and starving for 3 days across rocky moraines, butthat he did this without taking out his contact lenses geez that must ve sucked. Touching The Void Is The Heart Stopping Account Of Joe Simpson S Terrifying Adventure In The Peruvian Andes He And His Climbing Partner, Simon, Reached The Summit Of The Remote Siula Grande In June A Few Days Later, Simon Staggered Into Base Camp, Exhausted And Frost Bitten, With News That That Joe Was DeadWhat Happened To Joe, And How The Pair 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 Compelling Testament Of Friendship 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 Simpson the best he could until Simpson slipped over a cliff and found himself dangling in mid air over a crevasse Yates held onto Simpson from a crumbling belay seat he d dug out of the snow and ice, feeling all of Simpson s weight dangling prone at the end of the rope With his seat about to disintegrate, no visual contact with Simpson or the cliff, the weather getting worse, and the likelihood of both of them going over the cliff increasing with every second that he tried to hold on, Yates made the only decision he could he cut the rope.Enter the debate Some say Yates should have held on to Simpson no matter what happened, even if it meant his own death, and some say as I do that he d already done everything he could and cutting the rope was his only remaining option.I seriously don t understand why Yates act is up for debate, though Not only did his decision turn out to be the right one, a decision that saved both their lives, but how many of those who say Yates should have hung on, and question his ethics for not doing so, would have actually kept their knives in their pockets Not many, I d wager.This debate clouds the real issue in Touching the Void, however, which is that Simpson and Yates had no business being up on the mountain that day at all Local guides had warned them about the weather atop Siula Grande, and their own senses told them, before they even started the ascent, that they were racing against a possible mountaintop blizzard Their hubris pushed them on, though, and they put themselves in a situation that never should have been Had they waited for the storm to pass, the next three days of climbing would have been clear and easy, but they took an unnecessary risk, a foolish risk, and nearly paid the ultimate price My wife is a mountain guide who has walked in the shadow of Siula Grande many times, leading treks through the Peruvian Andes, and an old friend of mine went to Canada s Yamnuska Mountaineering school to become a guide I am a dilettante when it comes to paddling and mountaineering, and I ve done nothing like Erika and Curtis have, but I do love the extreme sports and have a healthy respect for the conventions that go along with them , and their response to Touching the Void is that the pair of them Yates and Simpson should have died for their stupidity Erika, Curtis and many of their fellows were or remain angry at Yates and Simpson for taking such a silly risk Every ascent is dangerous enough without taking on dangers that are within one s ability to avoid Their sport has enough difficulty being accepted without adding to the stigma of danger, and taking stupid risks gives mountaineering a bad name The general perception is that mountaineering is a sport whose athletes pursue danger for the sake of danger Yates and Simpson s insane ascent up Siula Grande and their antics trying to recover from their error only perpetuate that perception.The book itself is actually quite compelling, despite my frustration with their decision to make the ascent Moreover, Simpson s loyalty to Yates, even though Yates did cut him loose one dark and stormy night, is pretty impressive I ve heard many people who love this book say that it is a triumph of the human spirit instead, I d call it a triumph over human stupidity Regardless, Touching the Void is a hell of an interesting read, and I can guarantee you won t get bogged down in any dull moments There simply aren t any. 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 went to the Broadfield I found myself, once again, playing pool with the bloke Conversation had come easily with him previously Not now I read your book, I said What did you think he asked I think I m a bit too freaked out right now to even talk about it I meant it Later, he told me I d got an unnamed check in his autobiography A single line He knew how lucky he was when he met me, apparently, given he d cracked it as a writer and I d hacked away at it and got nowhere Bless.I got my revenge He came in the Broadfield one day plastered up all over the shop He d fallen off another mountain.This tale of a bloke with a penchant for finding large geological constructions to fall off is intense in the extreme You don t get a feel for the balls of this bloke from reading it any than you do from meeting him at least not directly but balls he has Much of the tale consists of him crawling back from the place he fell to his base camp with the hell battered out of him and, in it all, he is all too human a wreck of a man just trying to survive in his confusion, and in his dogged determination It s an intensely personal book in that respect Joe holds nothing back, strips himself naked in his predicament and shows us the man behind the challenge There s no heroism here, no Didn t I do great , just that sense of someone pulling himself on little by little rather than just give up everything and die I heard a story some time later about Joe going into a television interview and tripping over the steps A useless mountain climber, clearly But one hell of a writer, the bastard. 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 to watch over their possessions Simon didn t look down that crevasse to check and see if Joe really was dead Was it right to cut that rope Do you sacrifice one person s life to save another, or must both die I can understand cutting that rope.given the conditions What I find inexcusable is that when Simon returned to camp he did not immediately get help and search parties in to look for Joe THAT is beyond my comprehension hide spoiler 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 setinggi 6000m Dalam kondisi tak bisa berjalan, rasa sakit yang tak terperikan, Simon berjuang keras berusaha menurunkan Joe sedikit demi sedikit dengan tali yang diikatkan ketubuh masing masing Setelah beberapa usaha yang menguras tenaga Joe kembali terperosok dan tergantung dibibir tebing es tanpa bisa naik kembali Simon yang ikut terseret akhirnya tak punya pilihan lain Simon tahu pasti cepat atau lambat ia tak akan kuat menahan beban tubuh Joe yang tergantung dibibir jurang Sehingga dihadapkan kepada pilihan yang sangat menyesakkan ikut terseret ke jurang dan tewas bersama Joe atau memotong tali Simon dengan berat hati memotong tali yang menyebabkan Joe terjun bebas ke jurang sedalam 30 meter Ajaibnya, Joe ternyata tidak tewas Simon yang menyangka Joe telah tewas kembali ke kemah induk dan terus menerus bergulat dengan perasaan bersalah kalau ia telah membunuh Joe.Setengah dari buku ini adalah sebuah petualangan yang bikin gue geleng geleng kepala disertai perasaan perut teraduk aduk dan tulang jadi terasa ngilu Sebuah perjuangan hebat dan habis habisan dari seorang Joe Simpson dalam upaya mempertahankan hidupnya dan penolakan terhadap maut yang terus mengintainya Gimana perut gak teraduk ama tulang gak ngilu kalo ngebayangin kondisi seperti ini jatuh kedalam ceruk es sedalam 30 meter diserang badai salju dan suhu yang amat dingin angkle kanan patah, lutut remuk suara berderak dari kaki yang patah tiap kali terbentur batuDengan kondisi seperti itu, Joe merayap naik, melompat dengan satu kaki sambil menyeret kaki yang patah, merayap menuruni tebing, gletser, morrain Terkadang meluncur tak terkendali terseret salju, tersungkur, kepala menghantam batuan besar, bibir sobek, kaki yang terpuntir gak karuan karena tersangkut batu Masih kurang dengan kondisi itu, Joe merayap turun selama tiga hari tiga malam tanpa makan dan minum untuk mencapai kemah utama Masih kurang juga Oke, pernah terkilir gimana rasanya gak usah ditanya Bayangin deh, harus menyeret kaki yang remuk selama tiga hari tiga malam dengan jari2 yang membeku karena terserang frostbite Joe terus2an menjerit dan menangis setiap kakinya membentur batu.Bagian yang paling menyentuh mungkin ketika pada dinihari Joe yang telah kehabisan tenaga ketika sampai ke sekitar tenda induk menyangka akan mati disekitar tenda berteriak memanggil nama sahabatnya dan Simon yang terkaget kaget seakan melihat hantu dan menghambur memeluk sahabatnya yang disangka telah tewas dalam kondisi yang sangat mengenaskan Pemandangan yang memilukan dan mengharukan.Sebuah cerita tentang perjuangan melawan kemustahilan, determinasi untuk hidup dan ketegaran yang disajikan dengan sangat intens oleh seorang Joe Simpson.Huwaaaaaaa pengen nonton film nyaaaaaaaaaaaah 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 discover for themselves.The quality of Simpson s writing impressed me considering he doesn t appear to have any formal training Its not that it blew me away, but he stays away from the annoying pitfalls that many memoir writers fall into by sticking closely to his story The depth of honesty on both men s part was particularly refreshing even though there were times I wanted to shake Simon for his lack of considerateness towards Joe s injury I d recommend this book to any adventure loving, adrenaline junkie.4.0 stars 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 they stopped to make a brew Then on the way down, there s a bit of a cock up and one fella breaks his leg You then get fifty pages of one chap lowering another down a couple of cliffs in very full detail Finally you get another hundred pages of the one fella crawling back with a broken leg every fall, every boulder, every bout of incontinence is painted in absolute detail After that, there s a postscript, an epilogue and every other excuse possible to drag the book out.Don t get me wrong, Joe Simpson completed a fantastic journey and survived against all of the odds However, there were times when I was ploughing through this book when I would have much preferred to be dragging a broken leg across the scree at the bottom of a mountain and pissing my pants. 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 The cocky, confident Joe suddenly has to face the terrorizing prospect of death and he s not ready to leave this earth just yet.Simon Yates is a true friend as he attempts to lower Joe down the mountain Due to their carelessness they were out of food, water and were now in danger of frostbite without warm drinks It was imperative that they climb down the mountain in the dark with flashlights before they succumbed to dehydration and cold Joe suffers from agonizing pain as Simon lowers him down the mountain and has plenty of time to think over all their mistakes with regret Surely their luck can t get any worse Simons lowers Joe off a cliff and into a crevasse unknowingly in the dark Joe is too far down the mountain to explain to Simon his precarious position as he hangs by a rope over the crevasse Simon doesn t have too many options left during a bitter snow storm as he is slowly being dragged down the mountain to his death In desperation he has to cut the rope as Joe plunges to his death into the crevasse.Miraculously, Joe absorbs the shock of falling 100 feet by landing in snow and lies helpless in the dark contemplating his end With the arrival of the morning sunshine he is able to assess his situation and form a plan There is no way he can climb out of the crevasse and no chance of rescue from Simon In desperation he begins to carefully lowers himself deeper into the crevasse as his only chance to survive since he can not face the prospect of a long, slow death.What happens next is one of the most thrilling true survivor accounts I ve ever read marveling at Joe s will to live How he is able to survive days without food or water as he slowly crawls his way back to the camp borders on miraculous Afterwards Simon Yates was to suffer much censure for cutting the rope in order to save his own life but I can t honestly blame him for his actions.Since I wasn t familiar with mountain climbing and therefore a lot of the terms used in this book, things did bog down a bit as Joe describes all aspect of their climb in great detail Otherwise this book is an enjoyable and inspiring account of survival that I highly recommend.