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The synopsis below may give away important plot points. It was at this point when the attempt started to go from difficult to disastrous, as Simpson slipped on an ice cliff, falling and landing in a way that crushed his tibia shin-bone into his knee joint, thus breaking his right leg.
After much deliberation, the pair decided the best way to descend would be for Yates to join two foot ropes together and slowly lower Simpson. With visibility dwindling due to stormy conditions and night time approaching, Yates accidentally lowered Simpson off the edge of a cliff.
Because of his position in relation to Simpson, Yates could not hear or see him. 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.
Simpson was left hanging off the cliff for a long time.
This was a very bad scenario, as Simpson was not only unable to climb the rope, but Yates was stuck on soft snow which was likely to give way, most likely pulling them both to their deaths. Yates made the tough decision to cut the rope to save himself from being dragged to his death.
Simpson then plummeted into a deep crevasse, of which there seemed to be no escape. The day after, Yates continued to descend the mountain reaching the crevasse. After shouting for Simpson with no reply, Yates came to the conclusion that Simpson was dead. Yates successfully reached base camp again, telling Hawking about what had happened.
Simpson, however, had survived the foot drop - landing on a small ledge just a few feet away from another drop deeper into the crevasse.
Simpson realised it was impossible to climb back up to the crevasse entrance because of overhanging ice and his broken leg. After going through a period of strong anxiety, stress, and depression, Simpson decided his only option was to use the rope Yates cut to descend further into the crevasse.
After descending, Simpson noticed a second small entrance to the crevasse, of which a steep slope of snow led up to. Simpson managed to pull himself up this ledge, after crossing an unstable ledge of hollow ice. From this point, Simpson went three days without food or drinking water, crawling and hopping the remaining five miles back to base camp.
This meant navigating through a glacier littered with more crevasses, similar to the one that Simpson was stuck in.
Simpson was exhausted and very delirious, and at one point Boney M. Only hours before Yates and Hawking were to return back to society, Hawking was awakened by the distant sound of Simpson shouting "Simon!Joe Simpson is the author of several bestselling books, of which the first, Touching the Void, won both the NCR Award and the Boardman Tasker Award.
His later books are This Game of Ghosts, Storms of Silence, Dark Shadows Falling, The Beckoning Silence and a novel, The Water People. A secondary school revision resource for GCSE English Literature about touching the void by Joe Simpson.
Touching the Void () on IMDb: Plot summary, synopsis, and more IMDb. Movies, TV & Showtimes. 12 Years a Slave ( In Touching the Void, Yates and Simpson return to the Siula Grande for the first time to retell their story.
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Touching the Void Summary & Study Guide Joe Simpson (mountaineer) This Study Guide consists of approximately 32 pages of chapter summaries, quotes, character analysis, themes, and more - everything you need to sharpen your knowledge of Touching the Void.
Touching the Void is a docudrama survival film directed by Kevin MacDonald and starring Brendan Mackey, Nicholas Aaron, and Ollie Ryall. The plot concerns Joe Simpson 's and Simon Yates 's disastrous and near-fatal climb of Siula Grande in the Cordillera Huayhuash in .