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Joe Simpson

Joe Simpson

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Joe Simpson is an iconic mountaineer and author whose experiences earned him worldwide fame and saw him become the star of a Hollywood documentary. Now, he’s taking his experiences to audiences around the country and is regarded as one of the most inspirational adventure and exploring speakers in the industry.

After starting rock climbing as a child, during his youth, Joe read the book The White Spider by Heinrich Harrer which detailed the formidable ascent of the North Face of the Eiger in Switzerland. Despite the various dangers of mountain climbing being outlined in the book, Joe was inspired and soon began scaling mountains all over the world.

In 1985, he took on the formidable West Face of Siula Grande in Peru. After becoming separated from his climbing partner, he fell through a crevasse and sustained serious injuries including a broken leg. He was presumed dead, however, he miraculously managed to drag himself back to base camp. Following this experience, he wrote a best-selling book, Touching the Void, in 1988 which was then adapted into a documentary in 2003. To date, the book has sold over two million copies and has been translated into 23 languages. As one of the most impressive adventure and exploring speakers around, Joe regularly attends a whole host of corporate and personal events where he recalls his experience in vivid detail. While it’s unlikely any of his audiences are likely to be in the same situation as Joe, the determination, willpower and attitude of never giving up are qualities that transcend expedition and can be instilled in audiences everywhere.

In recent years, Joe has continued his career as an author including a number of non-fiction books on mountaineering and the dangers that are involved. His 2001 book, The Beckoning Silence was made into a Channel 4 documentary in 2007 and won countless awards.

To hear Joe Simpson’s death-defying experience first-hand and to book one of the best adventures and exploring speakers in the industry, get in touch with Evolve today.

Topics and Themes

  • Adventure
  • Mountaineering
  • Exploring
  • Motivational

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