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Publisher's Summary

Joe Simpson, with just his partner Simon Yates, tackled the unclimbed west face of the remote 21,000 foot Siula Grande in the Peruvian Andes in June of 1995. But before they reached the summit, disaster struck. A few days later, Simon staggered into base camp, exhausted and frostbitten, to tell their non-climbing companion that Joe was dead. For three days he wrestled with guilt as they prepared to return home. Then a cry in the night took them out with torches, where they found Joe, badly injured, crawling through the snowstorm in a delirium. Far from causing Joe's death, Simon had paradoxically saved his friend's life. What happened, and how they dealt with the psychological trauma 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.
©2004 Joe Simpson (P)2004 Random House Audiobooks
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5 out of 5 stars
By Rose on 04-14-07

compelling

A gripping tale, well written. I couldn't put it down. There's not much fluff... just a telling of what happened. I was a bit disappointed in the rather abrupt ending. But I am left with a sense of amazement at what the human body is capable of enduring.

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5 out of 5 stars
By D. on 06-11-18

Great intro to Arm Chair Mountaineering.

This should be standard reading material for anyone getting into the sport or any seasoned pro.

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