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Touching the Void

The true story of two climbers and their perilous journey up the west face of Siula Grande in the Peruvian Andes in 1985.

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Released: Sep 5th, 2003
Budget: N/A
Revenue: N/A

Touching the Void Main Cast

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Brendan Mackey
Brendan Mackey
plays Joe Simpson
Nicholas Aaron
Nicholas Aaron
plays Simon Yates
Richard Hawking
Richard Hawking
plays Himself
Joe Simpson (II)
Joe Simpson (II)
plays Himself
Simon Yates
Simon Yates
plays Himself
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Movie Trivia/Goofs

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  • Movie Goof (anachronisms): Joe wears a model of Cebe glacier glasses that didn't enter production until 2001.
  • Movie Goof (crew or equipment visible): When Joe reaches the bottom of the crevasse (00:59:57) and starts crawling on his stomach towards the sunlight, you can clearly see the blue helmet of another person.
  • Some of the long distance shots of Simon and Joe climbing the mountain are played not by the lead actors, but by body doubles, who were Simon Yates and Joe Simpson themselves.
  • Also at the end of the movie, another line claims that the route opened by Simon and Joe has never been repeated. This is also partially incorrect. Political unrest in the area (because of Sendero Luminoso activities) prevented climbers to reach Siula for many years. However, in 1999, Carlos Buhler, one of the most talented US alpine-style climbers, repeated the route with a companion, Mark Price. In the upper half of the face (the one covered by Joe and Simon in their last day on the West face), Buhler/Price continued directly upwards on steep mixed ground where Yates/Simpson had moved right, over an ice rib, and into the huge, right slanting gully fanning open towards the top. This route led directly to what arguably was the true summit, a point that appears higher than the southern tip of the ridge. This new direct variant (humorously named "Avoiding The Touch") led straight up to this summit, and was more technically difficult but safer. Once on top of the peak, they left their rucksacks and traversed on easy terrain along the airy ridge to the south until they stood on the point Simpson/Yates considered the top, the point where the ridge dropped off very steeply towards Siula Chico. They then retraced their footsteps back to their first "summit" and continued northwards along the same ridge that Simpson/Yates had descended. However, after descending several hundred horizontal meters and enduring a sixth bivouac (on this airy ridge) Buhler/Price decided to rappel directly down the West Face instead of continuing North along the very exposed and corniced ridge. After 20 sixty meter rappels, they rappelled over the bergshrund about 2-300 meters north of where Joe had been dropped into the bergshrund when Simon had cut the rope. Buhler/Price had deep respect for the route of descent that the two Brits had negotiated and were in awe of their ability to descend it in the condition they were in.
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