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Touching The Void

Touching The Void

Page Type: Gear Review

Object Title: Touching The Void

Manufacturer: Joe Simpson

Your Opinion: 
 - 13 Votes


Page By: Alan Ellis

Created/Edited: Jan 26, 2007 / Jan 26, 2007

Object ID: 2222

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Book Overview

(From the publisher)

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.

Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: Harper Paperbacks; Revised edition (January 2004)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0060730552
ISBN-13: 978-0060730550



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Voted 5/5

I read this book in one sitting and have re-read it several times over the years. Even though I knew Simpson survived, I still got caught up in the drama. I think this is the best of his books; well written and nothing extraneous. In his other books, it sometimes seems as if he is re-hashing the material this book.
Posted Jan 26, 2007 8:48 pm


Voted 5/5

I just got done reading this book a few days ago and loved it. I had seen the movie before hand but I loved the book and once I got done reading the book, I had to go out and get the movie again. It is a very powerful book and a great story of survival. I would highly recommend reading this book. Joe Simpson is also a very good writer. I am looking forward to reading some of his other books.
Posted Feb 7, 2007 5:25 pm


Voted 5/5

I saw the movie first... Then I bought the book... What a great read! So well written, you are almost there.
Posted Feb 20, 2007 4:44 pm

AlpinistAmazing story

Voted 5/5

Amazing story of one person's will to survive, and how another copes with guilt and sadness. I love how the author captures what is going on through both of their minds as the story unfolds. It's riveting. I couldn't put the book down.
Posted Mar 20, 2007 8:51 pm

rufusAn astonishing

Hasn't voted

story on a man's will, persistence and mental strength. Regardless if one is otherwise interested in the world of mountains or not, I really recommend this book to everyone.
The movie - I know it's never the same, but in my opinion the movie was not so gripping as the book is.
Posted May 2, 2007 12:42 pm

silversummitExcellent read!

Voted 5/5

A great story which I read a second time because I hurried so quickly through it the first time. The 'near miss' at the end had me wondering what if Simpson and Yates hadn't run into each other? What if Simpson had taken longer getting down the mountain? Lots of ifs...And I don't ever want to see the movie because it would definitely spoil the pictures I have in my mind!
Posted Jan 30, 2009 4:55 pm

stephogood read

Voted 5/5

this is an incredible story that puts you on the edge of you seat and keeps you flipping through the pages until you have finished the entire book.
Posted Aug 14, 2009 10:16 pm

icypeakSuper book!

Voted 5/5

One of the few I've actually read twice.
Posted Aug 7, 2010 3:11 pm

Andrew RankineA favorite

Hasn't voted

This book, and the movie, is one of my favorite mountaineering stories. The story is so powerful, it commands a lot of respect.
Posted Jan 9, 2012 12:17 pm

Josh HouserTwo Thumbs Up

Voted 5/5

The movie and the book go great side by side. What an ordeal that must have been to have gone though.
Posted Feb 6, 2012 4:19 am

RedwicA Classic

Hasn't voted

Very interesting and moving story.
Posted Nov 12, 2014 12:32 pm

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