By Greg Child
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* a unique type of precise mountaineering adventure—this one with terrorists, kidnappings, and AK47s
* New afterword through 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 variety of Kyrgyzstan. At sunrise, they might be abducted at gunpoint by way of fanatical militants of the Islamic flow 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 kids, meant to take advantage of their hostages as human shields and for ransom funds as they moved throughout Kyrgyzstan. They concealed the climbers via day and marched them by way of evening via freezing, treacherous mountain terrain, with little nutrition, no fresh water, and the consistent risk of execution.
The 4 climbers -- the oldest of them basically 25 -- might see a fellow hostage, a Kyrgyz soldier, done ahead of their eyes. And in a notable life-and-death crucible over six terrifying days, they might be compelled to select from saving their very own lives and committing an act none of them notion they ever could.
In Over the Edge, the climbers exhibit the total tale in their nightmarish ordeal to journalist and climber Greg baby. With riveting information, baby re-creates the total hour-by-hour drama, from the 1st ricocheting bullets to the climatic selection that profits them their freedom. Set in a sector rife with narcotics and terrorism, this can be a compelling tale approximately loyalty and the need to outlive. What maintains to make it correct 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 at the very least of the 4 climbers remain fashionable within the game; and the main points included into the tale round the media hype and controversy concerning the climbers and their story.