In 1992, an Indian climber was left to die on the South Col of Mount Everest by other climbers who watched his feebly waving hand from their tent. He was filmed in his last hours for a television feature. Why did onlookers not hold the dying man's hand and comfort him? The answer appals Joe Simpson, who was himself left for dead in a cervasse in Peru in 1985 - 'because it might compromise their summit bid'. It is an ethical question that Joe is forced to confront as he climbs a hazardous route on Pumori. Now that Everest has become the playground of the rich, where commercial operators offer guided tours to the top, camping admist the detritus and unburied corpses of previous less fortunate climbers, Joe wonders if the noble instincts that once characterised mountaineering have been irrevocably displaced - as in politics, in business, in the media and in other facets of society.
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(198mm x 129mm x 14mm)
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Joe Simpson tells the disturbing story of how a Dutch mountaineering team, led by Ronald Naar and Edmond Oefner, failed to help or comfort a dying Indian climber on the South Col of Everest (8000 metres). 'The thought that he got so close to company, to a helping hand and a caring voice, and yet was rejected, sends a cold shiver down my spine.' A shocking story. (Kirkus UK)
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Author Biography - Joe Simpson
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 - the sequel to Touching the Void - Storms of Silence, The Beckoning Silence and two novels: The Water People and The Sound of Gravity.