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

By Greg Child

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* a unique type of actual mountaineering adventure—this one with terrorists, kidnappings, and AK47s

* New afterword by means of 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 first light, they might be abducted at gunpoint through 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 kids, 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 through evening via freezing, treacherous mountain terrain, with little nutrition, no fresh water, and the consistent hazard of execution.

The 4 climbers -- the oldest of them simply 25 -- could see a fellow hostage, a Kyrgyz soldier, done earlier than their eyes. And in a amazing life-and-death crucible over six terrifying days, they might be pressured to select from saving their very own lives and committing an act none of them idea 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 info, baby re-creates the full hour-by-hour drama, from the 1st ricocheting bullets to the climatic choice that profits them their freedom. Set in a area rife with narcotics and terrorism, it is a compelling tale approximately loyalty and the desire to outlive. What maintains to make it suitable this day, 15 years after the occasions happened, is the geopolitical context -- the incident occurred, eerily, at the eve of 9–/11; the truth that at the least of the 4 climbers remain admired within the recreation; and the main points integrated into the tale round the media hype and controversy in regards to the climbers and their story.

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Who might he interpret for? ” Smith says. “We’ll be up at the partitions, mountain climbing. I don’t imagine an interpreter may be important. ” company concluded, she escorts the gang again to the ready autos. prior to Smith leaves the place of work, he increases the problem of the misplaced bag. “It has mountain climbing equipment in it. It’s very important. are you able to attempt to locate it for us? ” “We’ll try,” Kalashnikova says, through Fedina, ushering the crowd down the steps. “Now we needs to hurry to the airport as the helicopter is ready. you'll be in base camp this night. ” She climbs into the van with the americans, and the autos go away the parking zone. As they force to the helipad, again out close to the city’s previous airport, the climbers are unaware that they have got didn't sign up their presence in Kyrgyzstan with the yankee embassy. It’s a voluntary formality prompt via the U. S. kingdom division as a security degree for its voters. Nor do the americans observe that as a result of their hasty departure from Bishkek, their passports won’t be stamped by way of the Kyrgyz-government division for overseas registration often called OVIR—although OVIR registration is likely one of the goods they've got paid Ak Sai shuttle to organize for them. even supposing their passports were stamped by way of the Kyrgyz immigration officer on the airport and their names were entered in a ledger of tourists making use of for frontier allows, no different business enterprise in Kyrgyzstan will understand the americans are within the nation. Neither Fedina nor Kalashnikova mentions something approximately difficulty within the zone their consumers are headed to. MYSTERIOUSLY, even if, 3 weeks past in Bishkek a tender Australian climber named Kate Dooley and her mountaineering companions, Nikki Sunderland and Claire Helme, have been “warned via each neighborhood go back and forth corporation we spoke not to to visit this sector as a result of what occurred there final 12 months. ” in line with Dooley, whilst her staff had “proved made up our minds” to go to the Ak Su valley, regardless of preliminary warnings from the administrators of Ak Sai commute, the corporate “offered to assist with logistics” by way of arranging overland delivery and a frontier enable. prior to they left for Kyrgyzstan the Australians had heard in regards to the 1999 IMU incursion within the mountains close to town of Batken, and so they knew in regards to the kidnapping of the japanese. however the ladies figured that the Karavshin used to be secure since it lay sixty miles west of the components the rebels had invaded. additionally they calculated that simply because they deliberate to go away the mountains via early August they'd be spared difficulty, if certainly hassle arose, because the struggling with in 1999 had happened in overdue August, after summer season warmth had melted the snow at the mountain passes, permitting the rebels to go into Kyrgyzstan. “Turned out to be the appropriate hunch,” Dooley might later write. however, whereas she and her pals waited in Bishkek for 3 days getting ready their journey, the repeated warnings left them feeling “really unsure” approximately trip in southern Kyrgyzstan. but commute there they did, and on a shoestring price range. missing the cash to pay for a helicopter experience, they took a thirty-hour bus journey over potholed roads to Osh, then received onto one other bus to go back and forth to the village of Ak Sai.

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