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Toughest climb and descent ever?

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You have to watch this to believe it: Touching the Void

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0379557/

https://www.netflix.com/title/60033287

I once spent over four hours bleeding out next to a snowfield with absolute certainty that death would occur within 1/2 day due to hypothermia. The reason I am still here is that Rocky Mountain Rescue was miraculously camped several miles away. My story looks like tiddlywinks compared to this one. Though my break was much, much worse, I would not be surprised to see it in a medical text book. All of the surgeons used to gather and gawk whenever the xrays were posted.. Not to worry, I have since done triathlons and skied hundreds of times. Did spend 14 months in various casts. Dark days they were.

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I read this book a few years ago and was totally amazed by the guts of both of them.  I am not sure what I would do in those circumstances.  The book is definitely worth reading and the movie a fascinating watch..

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18 minutes ago, trt131 said:

I read this book a few years ago and was totally amazed by the guts of both of them.  I am not sure what I would do in those circumstances.  The book is definitely worth reading and the movie a fascinating watch..

What is harder? Cutting the rope on your partner or having your rope cut? The people that gall me are those who try to pass judgement on those who are out there doing it. Or have done it. Unless you there.......

The difficulties that were faced are just mind boggling.

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A fellow Anarchist -- I don't remember if he responded here or in a PM, so I won't write his name -- was friends with Pete Schoening, THAT Pete Schoening, one of the baddest bad asses in the history of mountaineering. He saved six of his fellow climbers with an ice axe with one hand, belayed the entire climbing team literally, single-handed.

 

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11 hours ago, LB 15 said:

Here is the link to the trailer.

 

I have seen this posted before on a sailing forum. It holds the record for being the lowest rated youtube video as far as I know.

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7 hours ago, mikewof said:

A fellow Anarchist -- I don't remember if he responded here or in a PM, so I won't write his name -- was friends with Pete Schoening, THAT Pete Schoening, one of the baddest bad asses in the history of mountaineering. He saved six of his fellow climbers with an ice axe with one hand, belayed the entire climbing team literally, single-handed.

 

Beyond impressive. Personally I find the idea of teams of climbers going down because of the error of one to be repugnant. I don't really like the idea of teams being roped together. My preference is two to three, maybe four at an absolute maximum.

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On 5/20/2017 at 7:01 AM, softdown said:

I have seen this posted before on a sailing forum. It holds the record for being the lowest rated youtube video as far as I know.

While at the same time the 1000 daze of Cheeze thread was one of SA's most epic dumpster fires, running well over 3 years....

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I read the book back in the early 90's and went to a talk given Joe Simpson. He is a very funny and lucky fella.

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It's a great story & that all these years later no one has ever climbed that route again, just makes it EPIC. 

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