February 6, 2004 |
"We climbed because it was fun," Joe Simpson says, simply and directly. "And it was fun. It was just brilliant fun. And every now and then it went wildly wrong and then it wasn't." Wildly wrong turns out to be a rather mild description of what happened to Simpson and his fellow British climbing partner Simon Yates in the Peruvian Andes in 1985.
December 2, 2004 |
Mike Leigh's moving portrayal of a back-street abortionist in 1950s London swept the British Independent Film Awards late Tuesday, taking six awards, including best film and best director. "Vera Drake" also snared the best actress award for Imelda Staunton and best actor for Phil Davis.
January 27, 2004 |
Expedition leader Eric Simonson understands Simon Yates' decision to cut the rope, sending his climbing partner to what seemed like certain death. On May 27, 1994, Simonson radioed Mark Whetu and urged him to unclip himself from Michael Rheinberger -- blind and unable to walk -- and leave him tethered to a piton on steep terrain near the summit of Mt. Everest.
February 3, 2000 |
Linux-related stocks jumped Wednesday after Linus Torvalds, creator of the much-hyped computer operating software that competes with Microsoft Corp.'s Windows, said a new version will be released at midyear. The new software, known as version 2.4, must be completed and checked for problems, Torvalds said at the LinuxWorld Conference & Expo in New York. An unofficial version will be released for testing in a couple of months, he said.
January 20, 2004 |
A consumer's guide to the best and worst of sports media and merchandise. Ground rules: If it can be read, heard, observed, viewed, dialed or downloaded, it's in play here. One exception: No products will be endorsed. What: "Touching the Void." When: Scheduled to be released Feb. 6. For that small but fervent group of people who climb mountains or read about those who do, Joe Simpson's 1988 book "Touching the Void" is the bible.
October 29, 1997 |
What: "Dark Shadows Falling," Jonathan Cape Publishers, London, $24.95. In 1985, British climber Joe Simpson, on a descent with partner Simon Yates from the peak of Siula Grande in Peru, fell and injured himself badly. Yates attempted to get Simpson down by lowering him, slowly, by rope. But that also met with disaster when, in a blinding, deafening snowstorm, Yates lowered Simpson over the edge and had to cut him loose or he would have been pulled over too.