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    Movie - Touching the Void (2003)

    Just finished this movie.
    https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0379557/

    Haven't read the book.
    https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/...ching_the_Void

    It is a gut wrenching story by Joe Simpson about their climbing mishap on mountain in the Andes. Simon Yates and Joe Simpson sought to climb a peak, only to have a mishap on the way down. It is a story of Joe's survival and also Simon's reflections on how it all went down. A bit slow to develop and move along. I almost lost interest half way through but cam back the next day, watched the remainder, and I'm happy I did.

    Lessons learned:
    - never give up
    - carry extra fuel
    - carry more rope
    - it isn't always worth reaching the summit
    - you can survive more than you think you can
    - forgive
    - develop a sense of humor

    I'll give it 3.5 stars out of 5 stars. Not a *must see* but still a great story and one that I think all ski/mountaineers will be happy to have seen.
    Make sure to watch the EXTRA FEATURES stuff if you happen on the DVD.

    As a story in survival and determination, I'll give it 5 stars for the honest and reality of the events told.
    Rotton Tomatoes gave it 94%. I'd be pretty sure it did really well at mountain film festivals.

    It is a rainy day movie. One that really hits home what can happen on a mountain adventure.

    Cheers!

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    [KURTZ] Hinterstoisser, you heavy bastard.
    [HINTERSTOISSER] You need to do more push-ups, Kurtz.

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    Yeah, read the book, for sure. It isn't just one of the greatest mountaineering epics ever... the guy is a great writer. After that, check out his two follow-up books.

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    I met Joe at REI in Seattle before a showing of that film. Had him sign a few things including a poster of the photo you posted. Also a copy of his “The Beckoning Silence” which is essentially about how death permeates the world of adventure sports. I feel a little bad that I told him how much I laughed out loud while reading that book. But he kind of looked down a little sheepishly and said, “yeah...you’ve got to have a sense of humor.”

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    The Beckoning Silence ranks up there on the list of my favorite books.

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    Touching the Void book is excellent and the movie very well done. Two thumbs up to both.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GeezerSteve View Post
    Touching the Void book is excellent and the movie very well done. Two thumbs up to both.

    Just finished the book.
    Took a lot of patience to get to the accident part. After that, I was gripped and right into it.
    Truly an amazing story of focus and perseverance - and camaraderie.
    [KURTZ] Hinterstoisser, you heavy bastard.
    [HINTERSTOISSER] You need to do more push-ups, Kurtz.

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