According to Simon Yates, who along with Joe Simpson was one of the first mountaineers to ever climb the Siula Grande in 1985, he and Simpson were originally drawn to the Huayhuash Mountains for their “ease of access.” “It seemed like a logical stepping stone between the European Alps and the Himalayan giants,” Yates wrote in The Telegraph. “It turned out to be a brutal introduction to high-altitude exploratory mountaineering.” Siula Grande’s western face is essentially a sheer vertical ascent, and after Simpson chronicled his and Yate’s remarkably harrowing journey in “Touching the Void,” the mountain is now regarded as one of the world’s most dangerous climbs.