I bought this book in Nepal. When you just came back from a trek that took you to one of the highest mountain ranges in the world, it's classic to buy a mountaineering book, isn't it :-)

As told in this autobiographic story, Joe Simpson and his partner Simon Yates set to climb a dangerous peak in the Peruvian Andes. It is an account of that climb, which nearly ended in death when Joe badly broke his leg at the height of almost 6 km.

The book is short and well written, so it's a quick read - a climb-log de facto, no character development, no backgroung stories, no copious descriptions of the scene. But the author does well in conveying his feelings during the climb and the painful descent - the feelings of loneliness, despair, pain and fear. It is a really good example of overcoming dire hardships and surviving.

I just wish this book would have some background on mountaneering. As this is the first book I read on the subject, I sometimes found it hard to understand. Simpson uses professional terms freely, mentioning names of tools and techniques that just sound Chinese to the "lame reader". I'm sure I would enjoy it much more if I could understand everything he's talking about, so a small appendix describing the common mountaneering terms would be a great addition to this book.


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