There’s an interesting thread going on over on the AAC’s Facebook page right now. The question asked was this:
“Joe Simpson, author of Touching the Void, developed an interest in climbing after reading The White Spider by Heinrich Harrer. What book motivated you to start climbing? (Don’t forget that members-anywhere in the world-can check out AAC Library books and videos for free by mail)”
Quite a few people have deemed Touching the Void to be one of their primary inspirations, although the answers have ranged from Rum Doodle to Star Trek (you have to go read the thread!).
I mention this because the Golden Book Club will be meeting on January 11th at 6:30pm to talk about this book. Even if you can’t come to the American Mountaineering Center, you can join the conversation by leaving a comment here or on the Facebook page.