In his second memoir, climber Joe Simpson reveals a lifetime of flirtation with danger, from risky childhood stunts to an astonishing number of near-death climbing accidents. Simpson revisits his many brushes with death while climbing: a 2,000-foot fall in the Courtes, the collapse of a bivy ledge on the Dru, a 150-foot fall on Nepal's Pachermo, and his nearly fatal climb in the Andes, covered in his Boardman Tasker Award-winner, Touching the Void.
Simpson writes in an effort to understand his own reasons for taking such risks. He describes what it is like to face death, and works through the guilt of being spared so many times when other climbing friends and mentors were not. Simpson also copes with the frustration of having his climbing ambitions cut short by injury and the resultant feelings of uncertainty. Complete with photo documentation of key events in the author's life, This Game of Ghosts is a gripping account of honesty and fortitude that will keep both mountaineers and outdoor enthusiasts in suspense.
This Game of Ghosts continues Joe Simpson's story, following Touching the Void, in which he described a fall in the Himalayas which crippled and almost broke him. This is a memoir of the signposts that have directed him since childhood to measure fear and embrace the unknown. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.See all Product Description
The honesty of the author in "This Game of Ghosts" is startling, and refreshing. Joe looks at the experiences that have shaped his life, both before and after the... Read morePublished on Dec 1 1998
After being stunned by "Touching the Void", I read this book with keen interest to understand why and how he survived, and if he had progressed in his life. Read morePublished on Oct. 14 1998 by N. Down
Prepare for a switch in gears if you read this after "Touching the Void". It details not one rivetting account, but several harrowing events that possibly give the... Read morePublished on Sept. 5 1998 by Robert Hayes
Thought it was great. The desire to climb and face risks, is often hard to discribe. Simpson address those thoughts - and looks at some of the psychological reason why people... Read morePublished on Aug. 23 1998
About 10 times better than "Touching the Void", the writing is so much better, it's hard to believe that it's the same author. Read morePublished on Aug. 22 1998
If you read "Touching The Void" and finished in record time like most people you might have felt it ended a bit quickly, that there was clearly more to say about the trek... Read morePublished on July 26 1998