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Touching the Void

Simpson, Joe

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ISBN 10: 0060160276 / ISBN 13: 9780060160272
Published by Harpercollins, U.S.A., 1989
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Stated First U.S. plus complete number line beginning w/#1. The book is tight and square with pristine boardf and compact, clean text box edges. Only an unsigned(and discreet) owner book plate prevents an as new grading. The DJ is bright and clean with a hint if shelf wear to the head and toe of the spine and a small (1/16 inch chip on the upper front corner. This copy presents very well in its mylar cover. See photos illustrating flaws. Bookseller Inventory # 000290

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Title: Touching the Void

Publisher: Harpercollins, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1989

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Edition: 1st Edition

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Joe Simpson and Simon Yates were descending a 21,000-foot peak in the Andes when Simpson fell off an ice ledge, breaking his leg. In a desperate struggle to get his friend off the mountain, Yates lowered Simpson over a 3,000-foot cliff. When his belay collapsed, Yates was forced to cut the ropes just seconds before he would have been pulled to his own death. Simpson fell away into the dark, leaving Yates to assume his partner was dead. After a search, Yates returned to base. Four days later, and in a tremendous feat of endurance, Simpson crawled into camp, half dead. An epic chronicle of suffering and survival, and of the triumph of the human spirit.

"Simpson touches a nerve of the mountaineering community and the hearts of others." (Los Angeles Times)


Concise and yet packed with detail, Touching the Void, Joe Simpson's harrowing account of near-death in the Peruvian Andes, is a compact tour de force that wrestles with issues of bravery, friendship, physical endurance, the code of the mountains, and the will to live. Simpson dedicates the book to his climbing partner, Simon Yates, and to "those friends who have gone to the mountains and have not returned." What is it that compels certain individuals to willingly seek out the most inhospitable climate on earth? To risk their lives in an attempt to leave footprints where few or none have gone before? Simpson's vivid narrative of a dangerous climbing expedition will convince even the most die-hard couch potato that such pursuits fall within the realm of the sane. As the author struggles ever higher, readers learn of the mountain's awesome power, the beautiful--and sometimes deadly--sheets of blue glacial ice, and the accomplishment of a successful ascent. And then catastrophe: the second half of Touching the Void sees Simpson at his darkest moment. With a smashed, useless leg, he and his partner must struggle down a near-vertical face--and that's only the beginning of their troubles.

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