Touching the Void Short Answer Test - Answer Key

Joe Simpson (mountaineer)
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1. How far from the nearest village do Joe, Simon, and Richard pitch base camp?

28 miles of rough walking.

2. What is the elevation of Siula Grande?

21,000 feet.

3. Who is the first character mentioned by the author?


4. In the opening scene, what is Richard's tent covered with?

Hoar frost.

5. Where do Joe and Simon first meet Richard?

In a hotel in Lima.

6. What animals do the climbers use to transport their gear to base camp?


7. Where does Richard sleep on the way up to base camp?

In a pigsty.

8. How does Joe describe Simon's eyes?

Blue and laughing.

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