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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Mountaineering Movie - Touching the Void

Last weekend, with the help of a friend,  I was able to cross an item off my dream adventures list  - hike 3 peaks in a day! We not only did it once, we did it two days in a row! Let me stress though that I did not do it to earn bragging rights. I just love hiking and I love doing it that way. :)  It's been 3 days since our return to Manila and I could still feel the elation from that challenging but fun tryst around the mountains of Batangas and Cavite. We were blessed with cooperative weather and great company.  I shall post about that soon, both my mind and body are still in the midst of recuperating. :P 

For the meantime, let me entertain you with an inspiring documentary movie from 2003 called Touching the Void. It tells the story of two friends, Joe Simpson and Simon Yates who went on a mountain climbing trip in 1985 to climb the summit of the west face of Siula Grande in Peru, which prior to their attempt, had never been previously achieved by anyone. Of particular interest is the character of Joe Simpson who broke his leg on their descent. You have to watch it to know how he survived it.  There's also a book written by Joe with the same title  published in 1988 (ooh, I want a copy!).

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