Last week we read an extract from ‘Touching the Void’, the story of climbers Simon Yates and Joe Simpson who attempted to climb the west face of Siula Grande in the Andes mountain range in 1985. This is Jamie’s writing:
The never ending wilderness hung over me like a cape. Its ragged landskape was like a bowl of lumpy porridge. Strangely the mountain wich I always thought was so beautiful was now unwelcoming and lethal. I was hanging off a overhang in the Puru mountains. My hands were shacking with fear and frostbite.
I could feel the rope burn on my hands and the wind raging on my face. I could hear the faint voice of Simon shouting “Joe……”