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

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

Greg Child


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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 sunrise, they might be abducted at gunpoint through 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 young people, meant to take advantage of their hostages as human shields and for ransom funds as they moved throughout Kyrgyzstan. They concealed the climbers through day and marched them via evening via freezing, treacherous mountain terrain, with little meals, no fresh water, and the consistent hazard of execution.

The 4 climbers -- the oldest of them in simple terms 25 -- could see a fellow hostage, a Kyrgyz soldier, accomplished prior to their eyes. And in a striking life-and-death crucible over six terrifying days, they might be compelled to choose from saving their very own lives and committing an act none of them notion they ever could.

In Over the Edge, the climbers display 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 choice that earnings them their freedom. Set in a zone rife with narcotics and terrorism, this can be a compelling tale approximately loyalty and the need 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 a minimum of of the 4 climbers remain popular 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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