Touching the Void, Essential Revision Notes
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Touching the Void is based on a true story and has been made into a book and film.
In 1985, 25-year-old climber Joe Simpson was in Peru with his friend Simon Yates (then only 21). Their aim was to do something that had never been done before: climb the West Face of a mountain known as Siula Grande, high in the Peruvian Andes. They were going to do it in what mountaineers call 'Alpine style', which means carrying all their equipment, food and sleeping kit with them (as opposed to having others carry it or return to base after each climb). Doing it this way also meant they did not set up ropes and clear routes that they could use to get back down in a hurry.
They achieved their first goal, reaching the top of the 6,344 metre peak. But on the way down disaster struck, and the story of hardship and survival became famous, and infamous, beyond the world of mountaineering. Joe Simpson soon became known as the man who had survived the impossible. Simon Yates gained the controversial identity as 'the man who cut the rope'.
As a way of dealing ...