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Interview Transcript with Joe Simpson and Simon Yates. Was it right or wrong to cut the rope? Tonight, we will discuss this matter with Simon and Joe. Lets give them a round of applause!

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Interview Transcript with Simon and Joe Me: Good evening Ladies and Gentlemen. Welcome to Brian's Hardtalk show. Tonight, we have with us Joe Simpson and Simon Yates, two experienced mountain climbers, who were the first to successfully climb the west face of Siula Grande in the Peruvian Andes. Simon and Joe have experienced extreme hardships in conquering Siula Grande and their adventure has become a hot topic of discussion. Was it right or wrong to cut the rope? Tonight, we will discuss this matter with Simon and Joe. Let's give them a round of applause! Simon, you are the person who is blamed for cutting the rope. In the chapter Ten Years On, you stated that "Some would argue that there was no decision; that it should have never entered my mind; that it was simply a matter of survival." Tonight, after 17 years of the expedition, facing this question again, do you think it was right to "cut the rope"? Simon: Well, there was a series of misfortunate events. ...read more.


I was already in a dreadful situation with frostbitten hands and a broken leg. I tied one end of the Prusik but my hands were already too cold to continue. With such disabilities, I was unable to travel upwards. Therefore, my chance of survival was minimal. At that moment, I thought that cutting or not cutting the rope would not have made such a big difference. However, arriving at basecamp, I changed my mind. Cutting the rope, actually increased my chance of survival! Considering Simon's situation, ... Simon: (interrupts) Truthfully saying, I was in the cold with no water, food or anything that could be used to regain some energy. If I did not cut the rope, I would have frozen and technically suffered from severe hypothermia. Therefore, we both think that cutting the rope was a more logical choice and could have at least ensured one of our survival. Me: We can see a heated discussion here! Joe, If your climbing partner were an immediate family member e.g. ...read more.


Me: Simon, consider the fact if the weather did not turn good the other day, will gas be the only factor? Simon: You should know that meteorological conditions cannot be exactly predicted. I will admit that a bit of luck was needed. Me: Joe, as Simon stated that gas was insufficient, how will you balance between bringing more gas and carrying heavier bags? Joe: Judging on the difficulty, length of time and the weather, I will definitely bring a reasonable amount of canisters. As a matter of fact, we both hadn't expected the situation to be that bad, therefore, we didn't bring what we should have brought. That is the real danger of Alpine Style climbing. If you didn't bring enough, you will need to continue climbing and bear the harshness. Me: Reasonable and Logical! Lastly, let us enjoy the trailer of Touching the Void, which will be released in theatres soon. Remember to look out for the movie! Thank you very much, Joe and Simon. Ladies and Gentlemen, thank you very much for joining us in Brian's Hardtalk show. Catch us next week on the BBC Radio for more. ?? ?? ?? ?? 3/17/2012 - 1 - ...read more.

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