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Dark Shadows Falling
  • Published: 7 August 1998
  • ISBN: 9780099756118
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 224
  • RRP: $29.99
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Dark Shadows Falling



Joe Simpson has become a legend, not only among mountaineers, but to thousands who would shun his dangerous lifestyle but have been inspired by his honesty and courage.

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.

  • Published: 7 August 1998
  • ISBN: 9780099756118
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 224
  • RRP: $29.99
Categories:

About the author

Joe Simpson

Joe Simpson is the author of several best-selling books, of which the first, Touching the Void, won both the NCR award and the Boardman Tasker Award. His later books are This Game of Ghosts - the sequel to Touching the Void -Storms of Silence, Dark Shadows Falling, The Beckoning Silence and one previous novel, The Water People.

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