Touching the Void Topics for Discussion

Joe Simpson (mountaineer)
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Describe the partnership between Simon and Joe. What is Richard's purpose on the expedition?

Describe the trip up the mountain. What is it that makes them continue their ascent?

Describe the moments at the summit. What is Joe's state of mind as they begin their descent?

Describe the scene in which Joe breaks his leg. What is his immediate reaction? What is Simon's?

How do they begin their descent? Does it work out for them? What goes wrong?

What is the situation in which Simon cuts the rope? Describe the range of emotions for both men. What are Joe's feelings when he arrives at the camp and Simon comes to him?

Simon considers telling a lie about what happened to Joe but does not. What does he say about potential reactions? What does Simon do when he and Joe are back in the camp...

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