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Touching the Void (5-Sep-2003)

Director: Kevin Macdonald

Based on a book: Touching the Void by Joe Simpson

Keywords: Documentary, Mountain Climbing

Two mountain climbers embark on an ill-fated ascent of Peru's Siula Grande.

Intrepid mountain climbers Joe and Simon attempt to scale Peru's daunting Siula Grande in 1985, a feat never before accomplished by humans. Troubles owing to undesirable weather and logistical issues inhibit the climbers' journey, intended to span several days; ultimately, an incident involving a poorly-placed rope sees Joe dangling past an overhang, with no hope of climbing back to Simon. Simon cuts the rope, sending Joe to his likely death in a crevasse. Against all odds, Joe survives and makes it down on his own, an unthinkable story chronicled in Touching the Void.


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