One of the world's most successful mountaineers, Joe Simpson has also gained much respect as an author, following the success of his book Touching The Void (later adapted into an equally successful film), which tells of his amazing survival after having shattered his leg and almost dying in a freezing crevasse high in the Andes.
In 1985, Joe and climbing partner Simon Yates made the first-ascent of the previously unclimbed West Face of the Siula Grande mountain (6,344 m) at the Cordillera Huayhuash in the Peruvian Andes. On the descent, Joe broke his right leg and during the subsequent attempt to find help or at least rescue themselves, the two became separated in a severe storm.
The climb was nearly fatal for both climbers and, upon returning to Britain, a misleading article in a national newspaper led to Yates being criticised for cutting a rope keeping himself and Joe together. In response, Joe published an article in the climbing press shortly afterwards. This not only set the record straight but also led to his book Touching The Void. A 2003 docudrama of the event, using the same title, received critical acclaim and was listed in PBS' 100 Greatest Documentaries Of All Time.
Joe's later books describe other expeditions and his changing feeling towards extreme mountaineering, brought on by the many deaths that this pursuit has claimed. One of these books, The Beckoning Silence, was also made into a documentary, shown on Channel 4 in October 2007. The book won the 2003 National Outdoor Book Award. Joe's other best-selling books include This Game Of Ghosts, Storms Of Silence, Dark Shadows Falling and The Sound Of Gravity.
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