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.
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The book, like the movie, and the story for that matter, is very interesting if you are a climber. For everyone else, it is a story that can provide a lot of motivation about what it means to NEVER quit.
The only downside to the audiobook is that it is significantly abridged. Too bad the iTunes description doesn't say so.
Wish the Unabridged version was available
Thanks el Gusto for pointing out this is a shorter version. I used to have the complete cassette version of this audiobook. It was an excellent listen. I was hoping to download the full version for listening while I jog. Please offer it, if possible. Thanks -