Touching the Void tells the true story of climber Joe Simpson who broke his leg on a descent high in the Andes

Touching the Void tells the true story of climber Joe Simpson who broke his leg on a descent high in the Andes. He then fell several metres into a crevasse and was given up for dead by his fellow climber. Making his way off the mountain without food or water was an agonising and slow process. Each movement sent pain through his body. He lost consciousness many times and came close to just lying down and giving up the ghost. At altitude, loss of water is a serious problem, but on his descent he finally comes across a trickle of melt water on a rock. He pushed his face to the rock and sucked till he was gorged. He said he felt revitalised and had the energy to get off the mountain to the camp. The water saved his life.

 

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