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Touching the Void de Joe Simpson
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Touching the Void (original: 1988; edição: 1988)

de Joe Simpson (Autor)

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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 the summit of the remote Siula Grande in June 1995. A few days later, Simon staggered into Base Camp, exhausted and frost-bitten, with news that that Joe was dead.What 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.… (mais)
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Título:Touching the Void
Autores:Joe Simpson (Autor)
Informação:Vintage Book / Random House (1988)
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Touching the Void: The True Story of One Man's Miraculous Survival de Joe Simpson (1988)

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One of my hobbies is hiking and hill walking, mainly in the Lake District, Peak District, and Wales. An extension of this is that I have a bit of a fascination of high mountaineering, especially peaks above 8000m. I've never done anything remotely approaching what I would consider proper mountaineering, I really hate the cold :giggle2: but I do like reading about expeditions. I know the story covered in the book well having watched a few documentaries and interviews on it in the past. This book is considered a mountaineering classic and I was lucky enough to be given a copy for my birthday.

The book is very simple in it's layout. There is no pre-expedition fluff, we start right at base came in Peru with the 3 people involved in the story, climbers Joe Simpson, Simon Yates, and a hiker called Richard who stays at base camp. The main aim of their trip is to summit Siula Grande, at an altitude of 6344m. The ascent of Siula Grande is covered in a lot detail and although you don't need any understanding of climbing, a little knowledge is helpful. Some reviewers have said they don't like the climbing intricacies that Simpson goes into but I enjoyed it, it gives a real impression of the grind involved in an expedition or summit attempt.

The book isn't all detail though, the gem is the emotion that Simpson conveys both before, and after the accident. Even though I knew the story I was gripped throughout constantly wondering how I would cope in a similar situation. There are a few small parts written by Yates where he details the mental anguish and process he went through as well after the accident. These are superb additions to the book and it clearly comes across that both men were irreparably changed forever. There are some photographs in the book and one in particular really grabbed me, a picture of Simon Yates looking haunted on his return to base camp. My edition has a revision added 10 years after the book was originally written where both men reflect on the mistakes they made, especially in their desire to carry as little as possible. They come to the conclusion that although accidents are always a risk, had they had better shelter and more gas to make hot drinks they could have avoided being in the situation that lead to the accident.

I really loved this book, I think it might be a keeper. ( )
  Brian. | Jul 28, 2021 |
Touching the Void by Joe Simpson (2003) ( )
  arosoff | Jul 10, 2021 |
The story catched me from the early beginning. Even when I knew what will happen since I know the story from before it was very excited to read about so many details and the fight against death of Joe. Only the end, after they came back to Lima could be longer, how the time back home was, talking to friends, press or family about what happend, how his legs and their fingers healed, if they did climbing again, etc. ( )
  TofuBuchling | Apr 14, 2021 |
Set 10 years before Jon Krakauer's account of the Everest disaster in Into Thin Air, the setting of this mountaineering disaster memoir is Siula Grande in Peru.

The premise of these mountaineering disaster books is generally familiar - a group of total nut jobs decide to scale some utterly impossible mountain face, weather closes in, horrific accident happens. Nonetheless, these climbing books draw me in every time. The mountains are my happy place, and when I watched serious climbers going up and down the Mont Blanc cable car in Chamonix a couple of years ago I had a stab of envy at their nerve, their freedom of not being held back by their fears. I could never take the risks they take (I worry about the ski lifts holding), but I'm quite happy to join in their adventures from my armchair. It's interesting that so many mountaineers are truly excellent writers as well, and Joe Simpson is no exception.

Touching the Void is famous for recounting the disaster where Simpson's climbing mate Simon Yates ends up cutting the rope that Simpson is dangling from over the side of a cliff to save himself. The subsequent documentary film that followed the book left Yates feeling angry that it was a one-sided portrayal of the accident, with the film leaving out the extensive hours he'd spent trying to save Simpson's life before he made that fateful decision. In this memoir, Simpson is unequivocal in his support for Yates' actions. Having fallen and badly broken his leg, Yates spent hours lowering Simpson down the mountain before unwittingly lowering him over a cliff in the dark. With Simpson tangling in mid air, when the rope ran out Yates was unable to pull Simpson back up, and as Simpson's weight would ultimately pull him off the mountain too he eventually took the decision to cut Simpson away.

This is the ultimate story of survival against the odds, and despite falling many feet down a crevasse Simpson somehow survives and manages to literally crawl back to camp three days later (I hope this isn't a spoiler, but as he wrote the book I think it's fairly obvious that he didn't die).

My own perspective on Yates' action is that yes, he had no other choice if he wanted to stay alive, and Simpson was likely to die anyway either way. However, I did find myself questioning his actions after he got down the mountain and regained some strength. He automatically assumed that Simpson was dead and made no attempt to go back to the lower slopes of the mountain to check, or to see if the body could be recovered for his family. The two climbers had no radios and were climbing in a very remote area without any rescue helicopters on speed dial, so I was surprised that he was so quick to assume the worst and not clutch on to any chance of survival and rescue. He was only 21 at the time, and part of me wonders if he feared Simpson giving a more damning perspective of his actions if he survived. Some sections were Yates' account (written by Simpson but with Yates' input and blessing), and I was surprised by his cool mental ability after a day or so to try to already put the accident behind him. The two are no longer friends today, with Yates stating that they "no longer have anything in common", and I'm not overly surprised.

The fact that Simpson carried on climbing after two years of rehabilitation, and went on to have another accident in a serious mountain climb tells you everything about the mentality of mountaineers. They know the risks are very real, but the pull of the mountain and the climbing experience transcends everything.

5 stars - I was totally gripped by this book and would have read it in one sitting if circumstances had allowed. The quality of writing was excellent, and I'll definitely be seeking out some of Simpson's other titles. ( )
1 vote AlisonY | Mar 27, 2021 |
We're back again with another installment of "Forsan reads extreme sports books," this time with another mountaineering book about a trip in the Peruvian Andes, where author Joe Simpson ends up breaking his leg high on a mountain, at the beginning of his descent with his climbing partner Simon Yates. As the two slowly attempt to descend down to escape the brutal cold and weather, a technical miscalculation results in Simon--in a desperate attempt to save his own life, believing that Joe has already or will soon die on the mountain--having to make the difficult decision to literally cut the rope that ties the two of them together, leaving Joe on the mountain to face a (in his mind) certain death. Of course, as the subtitle states, Joe does not in fact die, but rather somewhat miraculously, while facing tremendous pain and severe dehydration, manages to slowly make his way down.

I've had this book on my radar since finishing Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster a couple months ago, and I feel like that's the obvious book to compare this one too. While there were things that I liked about this one, I think that Krakauer's was much better overall. This one was at many points extremely technical in its use of mountaineering jargon and other terms, making details of what the two were facing often somewhat hard to understand, though I did like the inclusion of pictures throughout the book. Also and perhaps relatedly, the first half or so of the book was, in my opinion, quite slow to get through. However, I do think that the pace definitely picked up after the accident, and I think that Simpson did a good job of capturing his internal mental state throughout his solo descent. ( )
  forsanolim | Jun 12, 2020 |
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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 the summit of the remote Siula Grande in June 1995. A few days later, Simon staggered into Base Camp, exhausted and frost-bitten, with news that that Joe was dead.What 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.

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