The Beckoning Silence

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The Beckoning SilenceIn The Beckoning Silence, Joe Simpson - whose amazing battle for survival featured in the multi-award winning Touching the Void - travels to the treacherous North Face of the Eiger to tell the story of one of mountaineerings most epic tragedies.

As a child, it was this story and that of one of the climbers in particular, that first captured Simpsons imagination and inspired him to take up mountaineering.

Toni Kurz was a brilliant young mountaineer, who along with three other climbers tried to climb the mountain in 1936, which was then the last great unconquered peak in the Alps.

Their assault on the mountain started well, but then disaster struck. One by one Kurzs colleagues were killed, leaving him alone, hanging on the end of a rope fighting for his life in the most horrific of circumstances.

Over 50 years later in Peru, Kurzs story haunted Simpson as he battled for his own survival while hanging in mid-air. His plight uncannily mirrored that of Kurz - except, against all the odds, Simpson lived whilst his hero had perished.

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11 Comments / User Reviews

  1. Deejay Es

    crazy guys , another offer for the mountain

  2. Abamovich

    So close, what a tragedy. I'll stick to skiing.

  3. Guest

    The cliffhanger ending is a killer. Brilliant.

  4. Samuel Morrissey

    Courage to refuse the lure,
    For those who outlive their passion, their reward is wisdom.

    Beautiful example of a lethal struggle at the edge of oblivion, makes you proud to be human, cheers TDF!

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  6. Peter_Mosquiter

    You said "cliffhanger," heh heh.

  7. tomregit

    Uplifting and soul crushing. Brilliant yet sad. It's impossible to to even mentally put myself in the position both Toni Kurz and Joe Simpson found themselves in.

    If you find this as fascinating as I did, watch "Touching the Void". It's also available on this website. Thanks Vlatko.

  8. wrightnow

    I found the link to this documentary from a review of NorthFace, a German film. The film as griping but nowhere near as inspiring as this factual story. Joe Simpson shares his insights on the passions that drive climbers to challenge nature. It is a remarkable tale and he is a very gifted writer. I got the book White Spider from the library and it is a fascinating read. Thank you, Vlatko for this website.

  9. Johntechwriter

    I can live with the bad grammar, but would the intern who writes the movie descriptions kindly refrain from including spoilers?

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