[quote="Gelert"]You're just bitter that because there was no highly mediagenic Victorinox moment per se, that while Simpson has had a fairly lucerative literary, film and public speaking career out of being dumped by Yates, you just got this lousy t-shirt right?
Never met Yates, but he does come over a wee bit of a throbber in the DVD extras of Void - aggressively describes the whole rope cutting and leaving a mate for dead as just "one adventure of many, very many" in his life. In his crampons, I'd probably do the same, but it would not be a proud moment nor something to write off as a bit part. Maybe Yates has hardened with age, he did (very humanly) admit to considering not admitting to it at the time.
Oh, ironically recently been re-reading Simpson's The Beckoning Silence
Thing is, I don't think Simon never "dealt with it". He is utterly selfish as a mountaineer and quite honestly has not really made his mark. Lohtse - failed. Tower of Paine - failed. He had a good early start in the alps but what since then? nowt.
Joe, on the other hand, is lovely bloke. Climbed with him at The Foundary a few times.
Just to be clear, even though I think Simon is a turd, he absolutely did the right thing on Siula Grande. I would go as far as to say that the efforts he went to get Joe down were nothing short of heroic. I would have chucked the towel in and been a blubbering wreck long before. The lowers he did were nothing short of superhuman.
He still an arsehole though.
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