Simon yates joe simpson story
Touching the Void: The True Story of One Mans Miraculous Survival by Joe SimpsonTouching the Void is the heart-stopping account of Joe Simpsons terrifying adventure in the Peruvian Andes. He and his climbing partner, Simon, reached 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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Registered in Ireland: AFTER the near-tragedy in the Andes which necessitated him cutting a rope and sending his climbing partner plummeting over the edge of a cliff, just to give the two of them a chance of surviving, mountaineer Simon Yates gave up the outdoor life, retired to rural England and has spent the intervening years working in an office and gardening. That disaster in Peru which nearly killed the thenyear-old and his colleague, Joe Simpson, might have tainted anything to do with mountains for many of us. This Wednesday night he starts an Irish tour in the Everyman Theatre in Cork, which promises to be an entertaining ramble, so to speak, through over three decades on the mountains and ice caps of the world, including that Peruvian adventure made famous in the Touching the Void book written by Simpson, and subsequent film. The more isolated, the less frequented, the better, as he details in his show.
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Then Yates cut the rope to save his own life. Simpson touches a nerve of the mountaineering community and the hearts of others who agonize with both men. Simpson and Yates were the only ones on the mountain Siula Grande in the spring of , so the drama is sharply focused. No one cuts the rope. If both men had gone over the edge, Simpson is certain they would have been linked in death. We both knew then I was as good as dead.
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Ahead of a stage version at Perth Theatre and an accompanying talk from Simon he opens up to Gayle Ritchie . It is one of the greatest stories of disaster, abandonment and survival in the mountaineering world. The two friends, then in their 20s, had set out to be the first to reach the summit of 21,ft Siula Grande. They succeeded, but during the treacherous descent Joe broke his leg, leaving Simon to lower him the rest of the way with a rope. Further disaster struck when Simon in the dark, with frostbitten fingers and during a blizzard lowered Joe over a cliff-edge leaving him dangling. He cut the rope. By some miracle, Joe survived a 50ft fall into a crevasse unbeknown to Simon who assumed he had been killed and climbed out and dragged his broken body back to base camp four days later.
Simon Yates born is an English mountaineer. On the descent, an accident resulted in Simpson falling over a cliff while roped to Yates, who was forced to cut the rope to avoid both climbers falling. Simpson survived, and recounted the story in the book Touching the Void , which was later adapted into a film. After graduation Yates concentrated on mountaineering and did rope access work to support himself financially. Together with Simpson, Yates climbed Siula Grande in , via the hitherto unclimbed west face. On the descent, Simpson fell through a cornice , breaking his right leg and heel.