TOCANT EL BUIT
TOUCHING THE VOID
The leg! My God, the leg!
He was hanging upside down and belly up, with his left leg wrapped in rope and his right leg hanging powerless to one side. I lifted my head out of the snow, rolled my eyes over my chest, and watched the grotesque deformity of my right knee, the turning point of a strange zigzag. I didn’t relate it to the pain in my groin. That had nothing to do with the knee. I shook my left leg off the rope and swayed until I was hanging by my chest facing the snow and with my feet down. The pain subsided. I stuck my left foot on the slope and stood up straight.
I felt nauseous. I collapsed my face in the snow and it seemed to me that the intensity of the cold was calming me. Something terrible had happened to me, something obscure and terrifying. Just thinking about it made me panic: “I broke my leg, it’s over. I’m dead. Everyone says that … if you are only two, a broken ankle can represent a death sentence … if it is broken … if …
Joe Simpson and Simon Yates wanted to climb the Siula Grande (Peruvian Andes) when they suffered a fatal accident. Faced with the dilemma of saving his own life or dying, Simon cut the rope that bound him to his friend who rushed into the void. Shattered by this act, Simon managed to jerk to the base camp, killing his friend. But Joe was still alive; badly injured and in extraordinarily painful conditions, but with an inexplicable longing to survive that led him to risk everything in order to get out of it … and he succeeded.
This book is a song to friendship and at the same time a sublime and stubborn example of how possible the impossible can be when there is a firm will to overcome all obstacles.
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Mountain / Sports