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. They limited their supplies to reduce weight, and planned to go up and down quickly. Joe Simpson and his climbing partner, Simon Yates, are alone on the mountain when disaster strikes and Joe slips, falls and fractures his leg. This is a gripping, direct, and honest account of a mountaineering extreme experience. Simon had confirmed frostbite in his finger. After shouting for Simpson with no reply, Yates came to the conclusion that Simpson was dead. I opened the front cover and in the first paragraph I found my battle plan.
Joe Simpson conveys what climbing is to reader whom has never be off asphalt, what suffering is to the reader whom has never been off a cushion, and, what friendship is to the lonely. They take turns leading the way with the other serving as the belay point. Advertisement Yates and Simpson had a 300-foot rope. Maar het boek zegt voor mij genoeg. He knew how lucky he was when he met me, apparently, given he'd cracked it as a writer and I'd hacked away at it and got nowhere. You don't get a feel for the balls of this bloke from reading it any more than you do from meeting him - at least not directly - but balls he has. Due to Simons lack of knowledge of what had happened he made the bold decision to cut the rope as he believed that Joe had died due to his broken leg.
In this situation, it is very likely that Simon would have to make his own way down and leave Joe to die. We hooked our doohickeys into the thingiebobbers and climbed over such-and-such thing. Richard is introduced, a friend they met in Lima whilst he was travelling. Badly worn out himself, he had to ensure that he could climb down to base camp. Maar het boek zegt voor mij genoeg. When Joe Simpson and his friend Simon Yates decided to go climbing in Siula Grande in the Peruvian Andes, he wouldn't imagine he would caught up in the most spectacular survival story.
Simon didn't look down that crevasse to check and see if Joe really was dead. They are in a dire position, and their situation seems impossible to get out of. He realised it was not the base, but a suspended ceiling. There is no way he can climb out of the crevasse and no chance of rescue from Simon. The book was written with more technical jargon about mountain climbing than I expected, but the author provides a glossary at the back of the book that was helpful.
The next day we blabbidy-blahed over the thingimajig. They climbed up 300 feet below the summit, and dug a snow cave to take shelter for the night, Simon had suspected frostbite on his finger It was -40°C. The story is very predictable, especially if you have had climbing friends talking about it. He was 6 ft away from the wall and 100ft above the base of a crevasse. He got up the next day and continued his descent.
Otherwise this book is an enjoyable and inspiring account of survival that I highly recommend. At least he saved his life, better die all. The next three days were an impossibly grueling ordeal for both men. I know that some people said he is self-fish, but for me he is not! Surviving in sub zero temperatures, treacherous icy cliffs and a severe injury left Joe helpless while his climbing partner, Simon had to make difficult decisions for both of their survivals. The two climbers push themselves when they should have rested and take some other unnecessary risks so when the author Joe Simpson falls and breaks his leg, they are fatigued and their supplies are limited. They are roped together on a one hundred, fifty foot rope. In his own words, Simpson tells the story of his ordeal.
They worked out a lowering system where Simon would sit in a trench and lower Joe down on two, tied 150 ft ropes. Their hubris pushed them on, though, and they put themselves in a situation that never should have been. The voiceover bridges across the whole scene and gives an outline of what is happening. Yates held onto Simpson from a crumbling belay seat he'd dug out of the snow and ice, feeling all of Simpson's weight dangling prone at the end of the rope. If the distance is more than 300 feet, well, then, he will literally be at the end of his rope. Then on the way down, there's a bit of a cock up and one fella breaks his leg.
Simpson fell a short distance and broke several bones in his leg. I am no mountaineer, but even I could spot some of their errors. A mountaineering classic with unexpected happy ending. Joe suffers from agonizing pain as Simon lowers him down the mountain and has plenty of time to think over all their mistakes with regret. Juist omdat ik het een mooi verhaal vond.