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Dark Shadows Falling
     

Dark Shadows Falling

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by Joe Simpson
 

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* Concise, objective account of the 1996 Everest debacle

* One of Simpson's most controversial and challenging books

* Short listed for the 1997 Boardman Tasker Award

In 1992, an Indian climber was left to die alone high on the South Col of Mount Everest by other climbers who watched his feebly waving hand from the security of their tent thirty yards away.

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* Concise, objective account of the 1996 Everest debacle

* One of Simpson's most controversial and challenging books

* Short listed for the 1997 Boardman Tasker Award

In 1992, an Indian climber was left to die alone high on the South Col of Mount Everest by other climbers who watched his feebly waving hand from the security of their tent thirty yards away. Some film footage of his corpse was later shown on television. Why did these onlookers not hold the dying man's hand and comfort him? The answer appalls Joe Simpson, who was himself left for dead in a crevasse at the foot of Siula Grande in Peru in 1985.

It is an uncomfortable ethical question that he is forced to confront as he attempts a difficult new route on Pumori, with a clear view of the whole South Col from close to the vantage point where Eric Shipton first spotted the way up the south side of Everest taken by Hillary and Tenzing in 1953. Now that Everest has become the playground of the rich, where commercial operators offer guided tours to the top up fixed ropes, camping amidst the detritus and unburied corpses of previous less fortunate climbers, Simpson wonders if the noble, caring instincts that once characterized mountaineering have been irrevocably displaced as in other facets of today's society.

On investigation, he finds it a less black and white issue that at first it seemed. "I shall never forget the horror of dying alone, the awful empty loneliness of it," he says. Yet his empathy for the victims of storms, altitude sickness, or misjudgments, is tested time and again as he explores anecdotally and in conversations with his companions on Pumori, the moral climate of mountaineering in the 1990s.

Editorial Reviews

Daily Telegraph Sara Wheeler
His most potent weapon is honesty. What makes Joe Simpson stand out is his belief that there is more to life than a crampon, and his dogged refusal to leave the highest mental peaks unclimbed.
Paul Johnson
Joe Simpson is outstanding ... excellent at conveying a wide variety of terrors. To mix a metaphor, he is a streetwise modern mountaineer... passionate and moving on the subject of Tibet and the agonies inflicted on it by the cruel Chinese occupation, but just as good at portraying the menace of a home-grown yobbo determined on a bit of aggro in a pub at home. Above all, Simpson is a born writer.
Daily Telegraph
His most potent weapon is honesty. What makes Joe Simpson stand out is his belief that there is more to life than a crampon, and his dogged refusal to leave the highest mental peaks unclimbed.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780898865905
Publisher:
Mountaineers Books, The
Publication date:
07/28/1999
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
1,083,298
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.50(h) x (d)

Meet the Author

JOE SIMPSON is the author of the bestselling Touching the Void, as well as four subsequent non-fiction books published by The Mountaineers Books: This Game of Ghosts, Storms of Silence, Dark Shadows Falling, and The Beckoning Silence. The Beckoning Silence won the 2003 National Outdoor Book Award. The other three published by The Mountaineers Books were all shortlisted for the Boardman Tasker Award.

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