Mountaineer Joe to tell epic story of human endurance

Touching the void - Joe Simpson

Touching the void - Joe Simpson

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GUEST speaker to the Sporting & Dining Club’s next dinner on Thursday July 7 is mountaineer and best-selling author Joe Simpson.

Joe’s talk will draw on his experiences as one of the world’s most successful and respected mountaineers.

His 1988 book Touching the Void is one of the all-time classics of mountaineering.

It’s story of Joe’s amazing survival, having shattered his leg and been left for dead in a crevasse high in the Peruvian Andes.

Touching the Void was subsequently turned into a BAFTA award-winning drama documentary film – officially the most successful documentary in British cinema history.

Joe Simpson’s presentation is a rare appearance and a personal account about the triumph of the human spirit, the immense instinct to survive and the innate strength we have within us to succeed.

You need no special knowledge of mountain climbing to understand the many inspirational messages to be found in the telling of this powerful human drama.

The presentation and dinner takes place on Thursday July 7 in the Royal Hall, Villa Marina, and is sponsored by HSBC.

Funds raised through an auction during the dinner will be donated to a local charity.

Dinner tickets are available for the event, costing £65 for members and £70 for non-members, through the club on 07624 495749 or email

There are also non-dinner seats just for the talk available by calling 600555, online at or from the Villa reception or Sea Terminal tourism office, costing just £10 per person.

Previous guest speakers at the Isle of Man Sporting and Dining Club include Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson, Sir Ian Botham, Lawrence Dallaglio;, Steve Davis, Jo Fairley, Simon Weston, Vince Cable MP, Pat Cash, Mark Lawrenson & Ray Stubbs, Baroness Betty Boothroyd, Simon Woodroffe, Allan Lamb, Bill Beaumont, Clarissa Dickson Wright, Terry Waite, Brian Moore, Willie John McBride, Ron Atkinson, Dame Stella Rimington, Nick Leeson, Gordon Banks, Jack Charlton and Nobby Stiles.

Lottie Ray

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