'Touching the Void' mountaineering star to visit Swindon Meca

By Jessica Durston - 3 February 2023

Arts and Culture

Touching the Void's Simon Yates will be bringing his presentation 'My Mountain Life' to Swindon's Meca next month.

The event will take place on Thursday 9 March, from 7.30pm. 

The illustrated presentation from Simon Yates will also be followed by a meet and greet at the end. 

A spokesperson said of the show: "On the remote Siula Grande in Peru in June 1985, mountaineer Simon Yates found himself in a desperately unenviable position. He was slowly being pulled off the mountain face by his injured partner, Joe Simpson, dangling on the rope 50m below.

"His decision to cut the rope saved both their lives in the epic of survival that followed. With the publication of the book ‘Touching the Void’ and the later film and stage play, both men became household names."

This frightening experience has not put Simon off the sport of mountaineering. Over 35 years later he is still an active exploratory climber and guide, and makes several expeditions to the mountains each year. From the Arctic to the Antarctic, Alaska to Central Asia, he says there is hardly a significant range he has not visited.

The event's spokesperson added: "Come along and witness Simon’s tireless journey from that mountain in Peru to some of the remotest on the planet and share with him the drama, excitement, and beauty of modern lightweight alpinism. Told with wit, dry humour and lavishly illustrated with images and video collected on his great climbs."

Tickets for this event can be purchased online at https://www.mecaswindon.co.uk/events-tickets/my-mountain-life-simon-yates/

Doors will open at 7pm. 

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