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Touching the Void: The True Story of One Man's Miraculous Survival,9780060730550

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

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9780060730550

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0060730552
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Pub. Date:
8/4/2009
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HarperCollins Publications
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Summary

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.

Table of Contents

Foreword 9(6)
Chris Bonington
Beneath the Mountain Lakes
15(14)
Tempting Fate
29(11)
Storm at the Summit
40(18)
On the Edge
58(10)
Disaster
68(17)
The Final Choice
85(22)
Shadows in the Ice
107(10)
Silent Witness
117(13)
In the Far Distance
130(13)
Mind Games
143(10)
A Land Without Pity
153(14)
Time Running Out
167(18)
Tears in the Night
185(16)
Postscript 201(2)
Ten Years On 203(4)
Epilogue 207(9)
Glossary 216(2)
Acknowledgments 218


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