Over the Edge: The True Story of the Kidnap and Escape of Four Climbers in Central Asia

Greg Child

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* a unique type of precise mountain climbing adventure—this one with terrorists, kidnappings, and AK47s

* New afterword by way of the author

* First time in paperback

Before sunrise on August 12, 2000, 4 of America’s top younger rock climbers—Tommy Caldwell, Beth Rodden, Jason “Singer” Smith, and John Dickey—were asleep of their portaledges excessive at the Yellow Wall within the Pamir-Alai mountain diversity of Kyrgyzstan. At dawn, they might be abducted at gunpoint via fanatical militants of the Islamic circulation of Uzbekistan (IMU), which operates out of mystery bases in Tajikistan and Afghanistan and is associated with Al Qaeda. the abductors, themselves slightly out in their young people, meant to take advantage of their hostages as human shields and for ransom cash as they moved throughout Kyrgyzstan. They concealed the climbers by means of day and marched them via evening via freezing, treacherous mountain terrain, with little foodstuff, no fresh water, and the consistent danger of execution.

The 4 climbers -- the oldest of them in basic terms 25 -- might see a fellow hostage, a Kyrgyz soldier, achieved sooner than their eyes. And in a outstanding life-and-death crucible over six terrifying days, they'd be compelled to select from saving their very own lives and committing an act none of them concept they ever could.

In Over the Edge, the climbers demonstrate the full tale in their nightmarish ordeal to journalist and climber Greg baby. With riveting information, baby re-creates the full hour-by-hour drama, from the 1st ricocheting bullets to the climatic selection that earnings them their freedom. Set in a quarter rife with narcotics and terrorism, this can be a compelling tale approximately loyalty and the desire to outlive. What keeps to make it appropriate this present day, 15 years after the occasions came about, is the geopolitical context -- the incident occurred, eerily, at the eve of 9–/11; the truth that no less than of the 4 climbers stay favourite within the recreation; and the main points included into the tale round the media hype and controversy concerning the climbers and their story.

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