Dark Shadows Falling

Dark Shadows Falling

Description

In 1992, an Indian climber was left to die on the South Col of Mount Everest by other climbers who watched his feebly waving hand from their tent. He was filmed in his last hours for a television feature. Why did onlookers not hold the dying man's hand and comfort him? The answer appals Joe Simpson, who was himself left for dead in a cervasse in Peru in 1985 - 'because it might compromise their summit bid'. It is an ethical question that Joe is forced to confront as he climbs a hazardous route on Pumori.

Now that Everest has become the playground of the rich, where commercial operators offer guided tours to the top, camping admist the detritus and unburied corpses of previous less fortunate climbers, Joe wonders if the noble instincts that once characterised mountaineering have been irrevocably displaced - as in politics, in business, in the media and in other facets of society.


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Details

Author(s)
Joe Simpson
Format
Paperback | 224 pages
Dimensions
129 x 198 x 14mm | 160g
Publication date
06 Oct 1998
Publisher
Vintage Publishing
Imprint
VINTAGE
Publication City/Country
London, United Kingdom
Language
English
Edition Statement
UK ed.
Illustrations note
8pp colour and 8pp b&w illustrations
ISBN10
0099756110
ISBN13
9780099756118
Bestsellers rank
291,961