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Touching the Void by Joe Simpson
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May 29, 2008

really liked it

This book contains a lot of technical climbing descriptions that were difficult to understand precisely, but its story is heart pounding and I found I oouldn't put it down. It is the account of author Joe Simpson's survival after breaking his leg descending 21,000 foot Siula Grande with his climbing partner, Simon Yates. Yates did not leave Simpson after the accident, but risked his own life lowering him for the next 3,000 feet, until Simpson, unbeknowst to Yates above him, fell into a deep crevasse. With zero visibility, no communication and exhaustion setting in after a grueling descent with no food or water remaining, Yates cuts the rope to save himself and leaves the mountain struggling with guilt but believing Simpson is dead. With only ingenuity, incredible fortitude, grit-your-teeth-and-bear-it determination, and a voice in his head that commanded him to keep moving, Simpson endures the pain of his injuries for three days as he crawls and hops the remaining six miles back to base camp, arriving only hours before his companions were prepared to leave.
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