'Touching the Void' climber says director burned him with one-sided story
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Assuming Simpson had died, Yates continued on to base camp. Unbeknownst to Yates, Simpson had very much survived. The only way for him to make it out alive was to abseil to a thin ice roof further down the crevasse and traverse along the glacier. The five mile journey took three days and without food and virtually no water, Simpson crawled and hopped to base camp. He reached camp a few hours before Yates had intended to leave for civilisation.
In Touching The Void, Simpson takes the reader a traumatic journey that blows the mind of most people, including climbers.
The debate would rage on for hours with some fellow climbers saying they had no qualms about slicing the rope if they had to. Hearing this the night before I was due to rope up and climb a mountain with them left me a little nervous, to say the least.
When I first stepped into the world of mountaineering, I learnt very quickly that this sport is undertaken by nature lovers, risk-takers, and people with wills of steel.
The friendships that are made are deep, in the moment, and will continue on long after the climbing gear is packed away.Joe Simpson & Simon Yates - Ryan Fontaine
Even now, after numerous expeditions, I find it extremely difficult to imagine what Joe Simpson and Simon Yates went through. The gripping fable became a double-edged sword, Simpson says. The bad side was that Simon and I are almost locked in the past.
Simon is always the guy who cut the rope and I am always the bloke who crawled home. Everybody misses that crucial point. He took a very pragmatic decision. Then, not having died, initially he beat himself up about it. He has a favourite Tibetan saying, ge garne. You just get on. Yates slightly less so. They both went on many more climbs together but Yates, married with two children, now lives in the Lake District, with his own guiding and trekking business.
Simpson has retired from climbing. They are no longer in touch. Though he looks more clerk than daredevil, his celebrity was sealed the moment he found himself at the centre of arguably the most powerful survival story of modern times - graphically retold in Touching The Void, the documentary based on a book by Joe Simpson, his former climbing partner.
InSimpson and Yates were two young, inexperienced British climbers attempting to conquer the never-climbed west face of Siula Grande, a metre peak in the Peruvian Andes. Against amazing odds, they succeeded. But on the descent, through a zero-visibility storm, Simpson shattered his leg, forcing the lower bone through his kneecap. Simpson was a dead man, not walking. Instead of leaving him to die on the mountain, Yates attempted a tricky rescue - repeatedly anchoring himself in a snow seat before manually lowering Simpson on a metre rope.
Only when he felt a tug on the rope did Yates know his crippled companion was safe. Then Yates would gingerly make his way down through the freezing cold to join Simpson so he could begin the exhausting procedure again. The plan was working until Yates unknowingly lowered Simpson over an overhang, leaving him suspended in mid-air with no way of communicating his predicament.
For almost an hour, in the bitter cold, Yates took the full weight of Simpson on the rope, not knowing whether the other man was dead or alive. All the time, Yates felt himself being dragged ever closer to the void. Eventually, he faced his dilemma.
To live, he must cut the rope. As we know, Simpson miraculously survived the fall, crashed through a glacier and then, in an extraordinary feat of mental determination and physical endurance, crawled back to their camp and the grieving figure of Yates.
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News of what had happened to Simpson and Yates flashed around the world. Here was a modern morality tale with an obvious hero - Simpson - and, to some who knew nothing about mountaineering's code, an obvious "villain". The two climbers no longer keep in touch, Yates says, as he arrives in Sydney for an Australian lecture tour.
But then he has long maintained that his life should not be seen through the prism of what he calls "the Void thing". After the pair returned to Britain inYates found himself vilified by some climbers, though he dismisses reports he was physically assaulted.
It had to be, of course. He had just tried and sentenced his best friend to death.
The climb of his life
Then, with one swift cut of his knife, he carried out the execution. Those who criticised him were mainly "the grumpy old men" of the Mount Everest Foundation who considered recommending that he never again get a grant to pioneer mountain routes. When they'd gone climbing they did it with platoons.