By Greg Child
* a special type of real 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 most sensible 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 break of day, they'd be abducted at gunpoint by means of fanatical militants of the Islamic circulate 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 adolescents, meant to exploit 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 nutrition, no fresh water, and the consistent possibility of execution.
The 4 climbers -- the oldest of them merely 25 -- could see a fellow hostage, a Kyrgyz soldier, done prior to their eyes. And in a awesome 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 show the total tale in their nightmarish ordeal to journalist and climber Greg baby. With riveting info, baby re-creates the total hour-by-hour drama, from the 1st ricocheting bullets to the climatic determination 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 keeps to make it appropriate this 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 sought after within the recreation; and the main points included into the tale round the media hype and controversy in regards to the climbers and their story.
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Osmanov’s that means is crystal transparent. “Nyet, nyet,” the american citizens answer, shaking their heads. “You’ll be ok. ” Abdul returns and herds them directly down the hill to the river. They cross the crumbling partitions of an outdated farm development, then they go the log-and-plank footbridge over the Ak Su, one after the other. there is not any likelihood to aim to flee, as they stream lower than the weapons of Obid and Abdul, who stand on each side of the river. at the east aspect of the Ak Su they depart the path and scramble up a brush-covered hillside for a number of hundred ft. At a wooded, rocky region they halt. The rebels divide the hostages into teams. Smith and Dickey occupy a melancholy, whereas Rodden, Caldwell, and Osmanov take a seat fifteen ft away and just below them, between low rocks and tree branches. Abdul crouches in the back of a lump of granite among the 2 teams, whereas Obid strikes off a number of dozen yards to their aspect. They wait quietly. Rocks and tree roots dig into their backs uncomfortably. Smith and Osmanov sleep. Caldwell and Rodden hug one another. “We’re going to be okay,” Caldwell tells Rodden again and again. “I’m going to appear once you. ” Dickey lies hearing the whisper of unexpected voices coming from the small boulders dotting the hillside at the back of him. extra rebels, he thinks. It dawns on him that Abdul’s males will be laying an ambush for the Kyrgyz squaddies who should have arrived at the helicopter. The footbridge is fifteen hundred ft away, and the insurgent place overlooks it. Any soldier crossing it is going to be within the line of fireside. at the west financial institution of the Ak Su thirty-eight infantrymen of the Border Patrol of the Southern military Group—Pogranichky, as locals name the border guards—have taken up positions one of the ruined structures and rocks round Karavshy. Shepherds have tipped the military off to the insurgent place and feature advised them that foreigners are between them. the warriors find out about their murdered comrades at Mazar. they need the rebels useless, yet they can't see them. At 2 P. M. they ship 3 males towards the footbridge. The ear-splitting crack of greater than 40 guns firing hundreds of thousands of rounds in live performance jars the climbers to consciousness. The Kyrgyz infantrymen have sniper rifles with telescopic points of interest, RPK desktop weapons, and AK-74 rifles firing 7. 62-by-54-millimeter rounds. the warriors even have carted in a heavy weapon—an SPG-9 antitank gun that fires an armor-piercing shell. The scent of spent rounds, the ping of ejected shell casings, and ricochets of incoming fireplace are far and wide. The climbers attract their limbs and crunch into the smallest shapes they could make. a great sliver of scorching steel flies down Caldwell’s again, burning his dermis. whilst Rodden glances up, she sees a Kyrgyz soldier close to the bridge. He drops to the floor, then rolls downhill for ten toes, killed or wounded, she can't inform. concurrently, one other soldier is going down beside him. in the meantime, inside of a farmhouse numerous yards downstream, Murat Kalnarazov huddles along with his relatives. His 4 kids scream and cry as stray bullets hit the clay partitions.