The western side of Mera Peak in Nepal. Joe Simpson’s new route generally follows the right skyline. Photo by Joe Simpson / Courtesy of Thebmc.co.uk.
News Link: Joe Simpson, the English climber most famous for the “Touching the Void” accident in 1985 — and subsequent best-selling book and movie — has soloed a new route on the south face of Mera Peak in Nepal. Simpson, 49, climbed the 4,000-foot-plus route over two and a half days, then descended the normal route on the popular 6,470-meter (21,227') trekking peak.
Read the full story by Lindsay Griffin at the BMC website.
Date of Ascent: Autumn 2009