Did Joe Simpson lose his leg?

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Joe Simpson: 'To be a serious climber, you have to be a little bit unhinged' In 1985, 25-year-old Joe Simpson and another British climber, Simon Yates, 21, were climbing the west face of Siula Grande in the Peruvian Andes when Simpson fell and badly broke his leg.

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Thereof, what happened to Joe Simpson and Simon Yates?

In 1985, he climbed the west face of Siula Grande in the Huayhuash mountain range in the Peruvian Andes with Joe Simpson. On the descent, an accident resulted in Simpson falling over a cliff while roped to Yates, who was forced to cut the rope to avoid both climbers falling.

Furthermore, how far did Joe Simpson crawl? Simpson spotted the sun peering through a hole high in its domed roof and, using ice axes, hauled himself up a steep snow slope towards it. He finally lugged himself out, only to face a six-mile downhill crawl, backwards on his backside, through terrain mazy with more crevasses, and then through a field of boulders.

Also know, how did Joe Simpson survive?

Joe Simpson (born 1960) is an English mountaineer, author, and motivational speaker. While climbing in Peru in 1985, he suffered severe injuries and was thought lost after falling into a crevasse, but he survived and managed to crawl back to his base camp.

Are Simpson and Yates still friends?

Simpson has retired from climbing. They are no longer in touch. When they collaborated on the film of Touching the Void in 2003, they had not seen one another for 10 years. “It's not that we've stopped being friends, just that we moved apart.”

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How did Joe Simpson break his leg?

They veered off course on the descent and moved towards the North face and into a blizzard. Simpson slipped off an ice cliff, breaking his right leg by smashing his tibia into his knee joint.

Is Touching the Void real?

The plot concerns Joe Simpson and Simon Yates's disastrous and near-fatal climb of Siula Grande in the Cordillera Huayhuash in the Peruvian Andes, in 1985. It is based on Simpson's 1988 book of the same name. Critically acclaimed, Touching the Void was listed in PBS's "100 Greatest Documentaries of All Time".

Where does Joe Simpson live now?

Simpson, 59, lives in the Peak District, and is the author of eight books.

Where was touching the void filmed?

The film was shot on location in the Alps and the Andes including Siula Grande in Peru, the mountain where the original climb actually happened.

When was Joe Simpson born?


August 13, 1960 (age 59 years)