Touching the Void

Touching the Void

Book - 1997
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The story of this nail-biting struggle for survival in the Peruvian Andes is a mountaineering classic

Joe Simpson with just his partner, Simon Yates tackled the unclimbed West Face of the remote 21,000 ft SIULA GRANDE in the Peruvian Andes. In June 1995 they achieved the summit before disaster struck. A few days later, Simon staggered into Base Camp, exhausted and frost-bitten, 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 outside with torches, where they found Joe, badly injured, crawling through the snowstorm in a delirium. Far from causing Joe's death, Simon had paradoxically saved his friend's life. 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 compelling testament of friendship.
Publisher: London, Eng. : Vintage, 1997, c1988.
ISBN: 9780099771012
0099771012
Characteristics: 207 pages [16] pages of plates :,illustrations (some color) ;,25 cm.

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apirrie
Aug 08, 2017

An incredible story but when it comes to the writing I'd point you in the direction of Krakauer's "Into Thin Air" much sooner than to "Into the Void." Again, a crazy tale of events and an amazing climb for a 22 and 25 year old to accomplish, but the writing wasn't great. I feel like his publisher told him to push it out to 200 words.

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amergamer123
Oct 01, 2016

thanks you for giving good feedback, i will take a look at it

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Header81
Sep 11, 2013

One of my go to books for action, drama, grit. You will never complain about being uncomfortable or tired again. The movie is good too.

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Julianna Nielsen
Nov 06, 2011

Such an AMAZING book! I hightly recomend this to anyone who likes an adventure/survival story. *warning* Not meant for kids under 13, there is swearing. :\

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