During an attempted first ascent of the mountain Siula Grande in the Chilean Andes, Simpson broke his on the decent, and the arduous task of getting off the mountain alive began. Click here to see the rest of this review In a relentless storm Yates, lowering Simpson on ft of rope in the dark with a body belay, Simon accidently lowered Simpson over a cliff.
The synopsis below may give away important plot points. Synopsis InSimon Yates and Joe Simpson attempted to be the first to successfully ascent the West Face of the 6, metre tall Siula Grande, located in the Peruvian Andes, taking an inexperienced Richard Hawking to stay at 'base camp'.
Having successfully ascended the West Face of the Siula Grande despite set-backs due to weatherusing the 'Alpine' climbing method, Yates and Simpson turned their minds to descending the challenging North Ridge. It was at this point when the attempt started to go from difficult to disastrous, as Simpson slipped on an ice cliff, falling and landing in a way that crushed his tibia shin-bone into his knee joint, thus breaking his right leg.
After much deliberation, the pair decided the best way to descend would be for Yates to join two foot ropes together and slowly lower Simpson. Because of the ropes' joining knot, Simpson would have to place his weight onto his good left leg every feet.
With visibility dwindling due to stormy conditions and night time approaching, Yates accidentally lowered Simpson off the edge of a cliff. Because of his position in relation to Simpson, Yates could not hear or see him. Simpson decided to attempt to climb up the rope using a Prusik knot, but this went from difficult to near-impossible when he dropped one of the cords needed to ascend the rope.
Simpson was left hanging off the cliff for a long time. This was a very bad scenario, as Simpson was not only unable to climb the rope, but Yates was stuck on soft snow which was likely to give way, most likely pulling them both to their deaths.
Yates made the tough decision to cut the rope to save himself from being dragged to his death. Simpson then plummeted into a deep crevasse, of which there seemed to be no escape. Yates, suffering from exhaustion and hypothermia, dug himself a 'snow cave' to shelter from the storm.
The day after, Yates continued to descend the mountain reaching the crevasse.
After shouting for Simpson with no reply, Yates came to the conclusion that Simpson was dead. Yates successfully reached base camp again, telling Hawking about what had happened.
Simpson, however, had survived the foot drop - landing on a small ledge just a few feet away from another drop deeper into the crevasse.
Simpson realised it was impossible to climb back up to the crevasse entrance because of overhanging ice and his broken leg. After going through a period of strong anxiety, stress, and depression, Simpson decided his only option was to use the rope Yates cut to descend further into the crevasse.
After descending, Simpson noticed a second small entrance to the crevasse, of which a steep slope of snow led up to. Simpson managed to pull himself up this ledge, after crossing an unstable ledge of hollow ice.
From this point, Simpson went three days without food or drinking water, crawling and hopping the remaining five miles back to base camp. This meant navigating through a glacier littered with more crevasses, similar to the one that Simpson was stuck in.
Simpson was exhausted and very delirious, and at one point Boney M.
Only hours before Yates and Hawking were to return back to society, Hawking was awakened by the distant sound of Simpson shouting "Simon! This is where Joe Simpson was found, crawling helplessly towards base camp.
Yates and Hawking carried Simpson back to the camp, where they tried to rebuild some of his strength.Detailed plot synopsis reviews of Touching the Void. Best friends, Joe Simpson and Simon Yates found the answer to an age old question. During an attempted first ascent of the mountain Siula Grande in the Chilean Andes, Simpson broke his on the decent, and the .
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Joe Simpson is the author of several bestselling books, of which the first, Touching the Void, won both the NCR Award and the Boardman Tasker Award. His later books are This Game of Ghosts, Storms of Silence, Dark Shadows Falling, The Beckoning Silence and a novel, The Water People/5().
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To my surprise, the film left me emotionally spent as it touched on the issues of friendship, mortality and survival.