Predicament of Climbers Simpson and Yates in Touching the Void

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However, I believe there is evidence that suggests Yates was justified by cutting the rope. This evidence is such as the fact that if Simpson had been left hanging any longer he would have died anyway, there was no line of contact between Yates and Simpson, and if Yates had of waited any longer he would have died as well.

If Simpson had been hanging any longer, he would have died anyway. In the film Touching the Void (2003) Simpson tells us “I was just there, and this went on for maybe an hour and a half” this suggests that Yates did give Simpson time to get out of his situation. An hour is a long time sit in melting snow. If Yates had of waited any longer Simpson would have died from the lack of fluids or hypothermia. In the film Simpson states " there was nothing I could do, so I just hung on the rope and waited to die" therefore he had enough time to try everything he could to get out of his predicament, he was waiting to die because there was not anything else he could do. In actual fact if Yates had not cut the rope Simpson would have died there, so in a way Yates saved Simpson’s life. In the end if Yates had not cut the rope Simpson would have died hanging off that cliff, and Yates would have died waiting for Simpson’s signal.

There was no line of contact…

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