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by Joe Simpson

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ISBN: 0224043684
ISBN13: 978-0224043687
Category: Sports
Subcategory: Mountaineering
Author: Joe Simpson
Language: English
Publisher: JC; 1st edition (1997)
Pages: 256 pages
ePUB size: 1396 kb
FB2 size: 1925 kb
Rating: 4.1
Votes: 781
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Joe Simpson writes from the heart. He is clearly a man, as well as a mountaineer, of conscience. It is about time someone put into words, what many people are undoubtedly thinking. He explores the ethics of some of the bad behavior being exhibited today by some so called mountaineers. While the writing may be a little choppy at times, his message is a powerful one.

Conservationists should take heart. The author is disgusted by the conditions found on formerly pristine mountains. The once unsullied beauty of many of nature's wonders is being fouled by human detritus. The amount of garbage being left behind on Mount Everest by expeditioners is disgusting. Get off Everest, if you cannot or will not clean up after yourselves. There is no maid service on Mount Everest!

The author tackles head on the deplorable way that Sherpas and other native peoples are treated by expeditioners. Often ill clothed and ill equipped for the harsh climatic conditions found at higher altitudes, there is evidence of little regard for their welfare. In catering to an expeditioner's needs, however, these are the very people who make it possible for expeditioners to attain a certain level of physical comfort. Yet, when disaster strikes, they are often left to die by the mountainside by members of a throwaway society. How quickly some forget that it is the Sherpas who make expeditions possible, and who are oftentimes the unsung heroes when a calamity occurs. Talk about a thankless job!

It is incredible that human beings are so easily discarded, as if they were nothing more than a disposable can of soda. Putting a higher value on material goods, which can easily be replaced, or on a so called thrill over the life a fellow human being is one of Joe's pet peeves and rightly so! It is always startling to read that a climber has passed over or by the body of a still living, sentient human being, who is in distress or at the cusp of death, and not offered any assistance or succor to that person, but instead has raced on to try and summit or even just returned to one's relatively warm tent under the premise that there isn't much one can do. You have to wonder at the total self-absorption and lack of humanity inherent in that person. Joe calls these people to task in no uncertain terms.

Joe Simpson's feelings about mountaineering recall to mind some of those voiced by world class climber and Chamonix guide, Gaston Rebuffat, in his book "Starlight and Storm'. They both seem to share the same purity of vision and exultation in the climb itself. They both seem to share a belief in the brotherhood of the rope. Unfortunately, Gaston Rebuffat is no longer amongst us. One can only hope that Joe Simpson is not a lone voice crying in the wilderness.
Good read. Not disappointed.
It's an ok book. I wonder what Simpson thinks today if he thought Everest was crowded back then? He must be horrified. It's an interesting look by an older climber at the end of a different era in climbing.

When he's writing about his climbing, his style is quite good. Sometimes he gets bogged down (pages and pages describing a haircut in Kathmandu? That was hard to get through) but overall it was a good read.
This is a well written book and can be recommended, although there is little here that will be unfamiliar to readers of John Krakauer's "Into Thin Air", or any of the other myriad of books on the 1996 Everest disaster.

Climbing at high altititude is an extremely dangerous pursuit. I don't think this is newsworthy. Simpson is appalled by the callousness of climbers that refuse even the slightest comfort for the dying at high altitude. Several gruesome examples are cited and certainly the lay person winces at the apparent disregard of life and human suffering. I am not a climber and others are better equipped to discuss the possiblities of rescue at these heights, but my guess is that the chances of rescue are very remote and pose distinct risk to the climber that tries (witness Robb Hall's death on Everest in support of a client that had no real chance of making his descent in the weather). At the risk of being cruel, I have to think that the individual takes these risks into account before going on the mountain and gets what they pay for. In any event, Joe Simpson is a avowed atheist so I really question what rational would motivate such a person to risk his life for another person. Since the author believes we have but one life, why risk it for another person that is very likely to die anyway? Simpson is absoulutely correct in asserting that there are a number of climbers on Everest and other high peaks that have no business being there and qualify only based on their fat wallets, but guess what, they assume the risk as well. The fact that their bodies litter Everest and K-2 is testament to the fact that this is a serious undertaking.

All this said, I really like Simpson as a writer. Most of this mountain literature is unreadable and he sets himself appart as an articulate and thoughtful person. I would probably suggest Into the Void over this book. It's also one hell of a movie