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Touching The Void (Roman)
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am 17. Juni 2014
Even though I had already seen the movie, I found the book great fun to read. I contains a lot more details about the ascent and is written in a way that lets you imagine the area and the ordeal vividly.
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am 3. November 2015
Habe das Buch im Urlaub in wenigen Tagen gelesen. Die Geschichte wird sehr spannend, ohne aber reißerisch oder übertrieben zu klingen, beschrieben.
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am 28. März 2017
und kenne mich überhaupt nicht aus. ich tu mir auch schwer, die faszination nachzuvollziehen, warum man unbedingt berge besteigen muss. trotzdem lande ich immer wieder bei büchern oder filmen, die sich um's bergsteigen drehen. eventuell weil ich eben nicht verstehen kann, warum man sich sowas antut. und da bin ich ja bei diesem buch genau richtig! was die beiden männer da ertragen mussten, geht auf keine kuhhaut (und das freiwillig). für mich allerdings auch unverständlich, dass die beiden männer eigentlich relativ unbeschwert und unvorbereitet die erstbesteigung über die westwand des Siula Grande in den peruanischen anden in angriff genommen haben.
joe simpson's kampf um's überleben hat mir zum schluss selbst körperliche schmerzen verursacht - was auch viel darüber aussagt, wie fesselnd und spannend herr simpson seine geschichte erzählt.
es ist auch gut, dass der kletterpartner simon yates zu wort kommt - der arme kerl hat sicher extrem an schuldgefühlen gelitten.
ich denke, man muss nicht unbedingt bergsteiger sein, um das buch zu lesen - wenn man interesse daran hat, wie menschen mit extremsituationen zurecht kommen, ist man hier richtig.
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am 30. Juli 2000
An amazing tale of courage, fortitude, and a desire to live, despite dire circumstances. The author, Joe Simpson and his climbing partner, Simon Yates, ascend a perilous section of the Peruvian Andes. Near the summit, tragedy strikes when Joe, up over 19,000 feet, falls and hits a slope at the base of a cliff, breaking his right leg, rupturing his right knee, and shattering his right heel. Beneath him is a seemingly endless fall to the bottom. Simon reaches him but knows that the chances for Joe to get off the mountain are virtually non-existent. Yet, they fashion a daring plan to to do just that.
For the next few hours, through a snow storm, they work in tandem, and manage a risky, yet effective way of trying to lower Joe down the mountain. About three thousand feet down, Joe who is still roped to Simon, drops off an edge, and finds himself now free hanging in space six feet away from an ice wall, unable to reach it with his axe. The edge is over hung about fifteen feet above him. The dark outline of a crevasse lies about a hundred feet directly below him.
Joe couln't get up, and Simon couldn't get down. In fact, Joe's weight began to pull Simon off the mountain. So, Simon was finally forced to do the only thing he could do under the circumstances. He cut the rope, believing that he was consigning his friend to certain death. Therein lies the tale.
What happens next is sure to make one believe in miracles.
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am 16. Januar 2003
This book recounts an amazing tale of courage, fortitude, and the will to live, despite dire circumstances. The author, Joe Simpson, and his climbing partner, Simon Yates, attempted to ascend a perilous section of the Peruvian Andes. Near the summit, tragedy struck when Joe, up over 19,000 feet, fell and hit a slope at the base of a cliff, breaking his right leg, rupturing his right knee, and shattering his right heel. Beneath him was a seemingly endless fall to the bottom.
When Simon reached him, they both knew that the chances for getting Joe off the mountain were virtually non-existent. Yet, they fashioned a daring plan to do just that. For the next few hours, they worked in tandem through a snowstorm, and managed a risky, yet effective way of trying to lower Joe down the mountain.
About three thousand feet down, Joe, who was still roped to Simon, dropped off an edge and found himself now free hanging in space six feet away from an ice wall, unable to reach it with his axe. The edge was over hung about fifteen feet above him. The dark outline of a crevasse lay about a hundred feet directly below him.
Joe could not get up, and Simon could not get down. In fact, Joe's weight began to pull Simon off the mountain. So, Simon was finally forced to do the only thing he could do under the circumstances. He cut the rope, believing that he was consigning his friend to certain death. Therein lies the tale.
What happens next is sure to make one believe in miracles. This is an absorbing read and one of the great stories in mountaineering literature.
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am 6. März 2000
- Horror. This book should be filed under horror in bookstores. It is an account of one fatal adventure in the Andes. Joe Simpson and his climbing partner decided to climb a virgin, difficult wall in the Peruvian Andes. Joe has an accident near the summit, breaks his thigh. Of course weather changes to hurricane and although the continue descent, they are both bound to death. In the middle of the wall the rope clings in some rock feature and they lose voice contact. The rope is stuck, and they have no fixed belay. The only thing that can be done is done. Joe is cut off and falls into the darkness, a couple of hundred meters. His partner survived, haunted by the fact, that in order to save his life he must have committed his partner to sure death. Joe not only fell off, but fell into crevasse in the base of the wall. This is my recurrent dream. Crawling for life after the fall. I have fallen a couple of times while climbing and this story has put my dreams into the shadows, although I always jerked cold and wet and frightened, suddenly awake of fear in the middle of the night, haunted by remembrances of the actual and could be accidents. Joe Simpson has survived, and everyone agrees that how he managed to is the weirdest story in the alpine history. A must read.
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am 14. April 2008
Meine ersten Gedanken zu diesem Buch waren das es sich bei den beiden Hauptdarstellern nur um Adrenalin-Junkies handeln kann.
Beim weiterlesen änderte sich meine Auffassung grundlegend. Der Schmerz, die Todesangst, das Gefühl des Verlorenseins wurde mir bisher noch in keinem anderen Buch so nahe gebracht. Noch nie hatte ich beim Lesen die Empfindung von Schmerz - bis ich dieses Buch in die Hand bekam.
Die Schilderung der Ereignisse geht in wahrstem Sinne des Wortes unter die Haut.
Ein Buch nicht unbedingt für schwache Nerven, fesselnd und abweisend, packend und irritierend zugleich.
Meine Hochachtung an den Autor - solch ein Erlebnis auf diese Art und Weise aufzuarbeiten und dem Leser das Gefühl zu vermitteln dabei gewesen zu sein!
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am 16. Februar 1999
I think many of the reviewers of this book have confused an incredible adventure with a rather lackluster retelling of it. Average prose, a weak ending, and a sometimes less than clear narrative fail, however, to obscure the fact that Joe Simpson had an almost inconceivably close brush with death. Throughout I was reminded of the Chinese curse: "May you live in interesting times!" At the risk of understatement, Simpson had a most interesting experience!
I have been told that despite the literary shortcomings of this book, his other books are much better written, though of necessity, they treat of less "interesting" adventures. And for his sake, I am very glad that they are less exciting.
My recommendation: if you have any interest in mountain climbing or extraordinary true life adventures, you should definitely consider reading this.
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am 5. März 2006
An amazing tale of courage, fortitude, and a desire to live, despite dire circumstances. The author, Joe Simpson and his climbing partner, Simon Yates, ascend a perilous section of the Peruvian Andes. Near the summit, tragedy strikes when Joe, up over 19,000 feet, falls and hits a slope at the base of a cliff, breaking his right leg, rupturing his right knee, and shattering his right heel. Beneath him is a seemingly endless fall to the bottom. Simon reaches him but knows that the chances for Joe to get off the mountain are virtually non-existent. Yet, they fashion a daring plan to to do just that.
For the next few hours, through a snow storm, they work in tandem, and manage a risky, yet effective way of trying to lower Joe down the mountain. About three thousand feet down, Joe who is still roped to Simon, drops off an edge, and finds himself now free hanging in space six feet away from an ice wall, unable to reach it with his axe. The edge is over hung about fifteen feet above him. The dark outline of a crevasse lies about a hundred feet directly below him.
Joe couldn't get up, and Simon couldn't get down. In fact, Joe's weight began to pull Simon off the mountain. So, Simon was finally forced to do the only thing he could do under the circumstances. He cut the rope, believing that he was consigning his friend to certain death. Therein lies the tale.
What happens next is sure to make one believe in miracles.
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am 3. Februar 2007
This book recounts an amazing tale of courage, fortitude, and the will to live, despite dire circumstances. The author, Joe Simpson, and his climbing partner, Simon Yates, attempted to ascend a perilous section of the Peruvian Andes. Near the summit, tragedy struck when Joe, up over 19,000 feet, fell and hit a slope at the base of a cliff, breaking his right leg, rupturing his right knee, and shattering his right heel. Beneath him was a seemingly endless fall to the bottom.

When Simon reached him, they both knew that the chances for getting Joe off the mountain were virtually non-existent. Yet, they fashioned a daring plan to do just that. For the next few hours, they worked in tandem through a snowstorm, and managed a risky, yet effective way of trying to lower Joe down the mountain.

About three thousand feet down, Joe, who was still roped to Simon, dropped off an edge and found himself now free hanging in space six feet away from an ice wall, unable to reach it with his axe. The edge was over hung about fifteen feet above him. The dark outline of a crevasse lay about a hundred feet directly below him.

Joe could not get up, and Simon could not get down. In fact, Joe's weight began to pull Simon off the mountain. So, Simon was finally forced to do the only thing he could do under the circumstances. He cut the rope, believing that he was consigning his friend to certain death. Therein lies the tale.

What happens next is sure to make one believe in miracles. This is an absorbing read and one of the great stories in mountaineering literature.
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