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Touching the Void: The True Story of One Man's Miraculous Survival

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ISBN10: 0060730552
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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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"Told with lyrical quality and stunning immediacy, Touching the Void transcends its genre and becomes accessible to readers who have never had any desire to climb a glacier." New York Newsday

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"A gripping narrative that should excite armchair adventurers everywhere." Cleveland Plain Dealer

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"Simpson touches a nerve of the mountaineering community and the hearts of others." Los Angeles Times

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"Riveting, even compulsive reading." Minneapolis Star Tribune

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"A truly astounding account of suffering and fortitude." The Times (London)

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While climbing in the Peruvian Andes, Joe Simpson and Simon Yates came face to face with disaster. Simpson fell and broke his leg and then was lost. As his partner Yates was starting to break camp four days later, Simpson crawled in through a blizzard. How both men overcame those four harrowing days is an epic chronicle of fear and friendship.

About the Author

Joe Simpson is the author of several bestselling books, of which the first, Touching the Void, won both the NCR Award and the Boardman Tasker Award. His later books are This Game of Ghosts, Storms of Silence, Dark Shadows Falling, The Beckoning Silence and a novel, The Water People.

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Donzilla, February 25, 2008 (view all comments by Donzilla)
I had dreams of white, deadly mountains, and narrow, gaping chasms.

Great (true) story-telling! I love the excerpts from the other players, where you get to see the story from both sides.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780060730550
Author:
Simpson, Joe
Publisher:
Harper Perennial
Author:
by Joe Simpson
Location:
New York
Subject:
Mountaineering
Subject:
Mountaineers
Subject:
Andes
Subject:
Mountaineering accidents
Subject:
Sports - General
Subject:
Special Interest - Adventure
Subject:
Simpson, Joe
Subject:
Yates, Simon
Subject:
Biography-Sports
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st Perennial ed.
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Series Volume:
02-342
Publication Date:
February 2004
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
7.25 x 5 in 7.44 oz

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Product details 224 pages Perennial - English 9780060730550 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Told with lyrical quality and stunning immediacy, Touching the Void transcends its genre and becomes accessible to readers who have never had any desire to climb a glacier."
"Review" by , "A gripping narrative that should excite armchair adventurers everywhere."
"Review" by , "Simpson touches a nerve of the mountaineering community and the hearts of others."
"Review" by , "Riveting, even compulsive reading."
"Review" by , "A truly astounding account of suffering and fortitude."
"Synopsis" by , While climbing in the Peruvian Andes, Joe Simpson and Simon Yates came face to face with disaster. Simpson fell and broke his leg and then was lost. As his partner Yates was starting to break camp four days later, Simpson crawled in through a blizzard. How both men overcame those four harrowing days is an epic chronicle of fear and friendship.
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