Joe Simpson Birthday & Fun Facts

Height, Age, Net Worth, Biography & More

Joan Agie
Jan 31, 2024 By Joan Agie
Originally Published on May 26, 2022
Edited by Ashima Jain
Here are some facts about Joe Simpson, a mountaineer, British author, and motivational speaker
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About Joe Simpson

Joe Simpson was born on August 13, 1960.
He was born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. However, he has received British citizenship.
Joe Simpson is a British mountaineer, motivational speaker, and author. Simpson and his climbing partner named, Simon Yates, had their first ascent at the West Face of Siula Grande in the Peruvian Andes' Cordillera Huayhuash in 1985. While climbing in Peru in 1985, he slipped into a crevasse and faced severe injuries. Many thought him to be lost but he survived and crawled back to his base camp. He detailed the ordeal in his best-selling book, 'Touching The Void', which was converted into a 2003 documentary film of the same name. Simpson went to Ampleforth College in North Yorkshire.

Joe Simpson Net Worth, Earnings & Spending Habits

What is Joe Simpson's net worth?

Having indulged in so many professions and excelling in them, this rock climber has a net worth of $20 million.

How much does Joe Simpson earn per year?

His exact annual income is not known as Joe hasn't declared it officially yet.

Height, Age & Physical Attributes

How tall is Joe Simpson?

Joe Simpson has a height of 6 ft 3 in (190 cm).

How old is Joe Simpson?

Born on August 13, 1960, Joe Simpson is 62 years old as of 2022.

Childhood And Education

On April 13, 1960, Simpson was born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to a Scottish father and an Irish mother. His dad served with the British Army and was stationed in Malaysia. From the age of eight, Simpson began traveling between schools in the United Kingdom and different nations where his father used to get stationed. This is all known about his early family life.
Simpson started rock climbing after a tutor at Ampleforth College introduced him to this sport at Peak Scar on Hambleton Hills in North Yorkshire. He was just 14 when he read Heinrich Harrer's 'The White Spider', a book describing Harrer's first climb of the Eiger's North Face with Fritz Kasparek, Anderl Heckmair, and Ludwig Vörg in 1938. Despite the book's descriptions of the inherent dangers of mountaineering, this reading sparked an enthusiasm for the sport.

Family, Romance, And Relationships

Who is Joe Simpson dating?

There is no information available on the dating history and relationship status of Joe Simpson.

Career And Professional Highlights

Best Known For…

Simpson and his climbing partner, Simon Yates, had their first ascent at the West Face of Siula Grande in the Peruvian Andes' Cordillera Huayhuash in 1985.
Simpson wrote the best-selling book 'Touching The Void' after publishing a piece on the Siula Grande adventure in the climbing press. The book has been translated into 23 languages, and about 2 million copies have been sold worldwide. Simpson also works as a motivational speaker, sharing his experiences at corporate events worldwide.

What awards has Joe Simpson won?

One of the books written by Joe Simpson, named the 'Beckoning Silence', won the 2003 National Outdoor Book Award (Outdoor Literature category).

Joe Simpson's Hobbies And Interests

Joe Simpson has a great passion for outdoor and adventurous activities.

Other Interesting Joe Simpson Facts And Trivia

  • In 1991, Joe Simpson broke his left ankle while climbing with Mal Duff on Pachermo in Nepal. Simpson published and shared this experience in his third book 'This Game of Ghosts'.
  • Joe's recent book is 'Walking The Wrong Side Of The Grass' (2018).
  • He resides in the Peak District.

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Joe Simpson Birthday & Fun Facts Facts

Birth Name

Joe Simpson

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Place of Birth

Kuala Lumpur



190 cm

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Mountaineer, Author, Motivational speaker.


Ampleforth College

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Written by Joan Agie

Bachelor of Science specializing in Human Anatomy

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Joan AgieBachelor of Science specializing in Human Anatomy

With 3+ years of research and content writing experience across several niches, especially on education, technology, and business topics. Joan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Human Anatomy from the Federal University of Technology, Akure, Nigeria, and has worked as a researcher and writer for organizations across Nigeria, the US, the UK, and Germany. Joan enjoys meditation, watching movies, and learning new languages in her free time.

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