Over the Edge: The True Story of the Kidnap and Escape of Four Climbers in Central Asia
* a distinct kind 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 diversity of Kyrgyzstan. At break of day, they might be abducted at gunpoint via 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 adolescents, meant to exploit their hostages as human shields and for ransom funds 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 meals, no fresh water, and the consistent probability of execution.
The 4 climbers -- the oldest of them merely 25 -- could see a fellow hostage, a Kyrgyz soldier, accomplished earlier than their eyes. And in a outstanding life-and-death crucible over six terrifying days, they'd be pressured to choose from saving their very own lives and committing an act none of them concept they ever could.
In Over the Edge, the climbers display the entire 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 determination that profits them their freedom. Set in a zone rife with narcotics and terrorism, it is a compelling tale approximately loyalty and the desire to outlive. What maintains to make it proper 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 not less than of the 4 climbers stay well-known 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.
Deserved its recognition because the Yosemite Valley of significant Asia, and for 20 years Russian, ecu, and American climbers had flocked there. quick ahead 5 years to August 2000 and that idyll might swap in a single brutal rapid while fanatical militants of the Islamic circulate of Uzbekistan (IMU), which operates out of mystery bases in Tajikistan and Afghanistan and that's associated with Osama bin Laden’s Al Qaeda community, might creep over mountain passes towards the Ak Su and Kara Su valleys to.
Invasion by means of the Islamic stream of Uzbekistan, even if Samsakov acknowledged not anything approximately this to the americans. A 12 months previous, the IMU had taken Kyrgyzstan’s military all at once whilst their mujaheddin swarmed out of Tajikistan over mountain passes to the east. They occupied villages and killed infantrymen and police; they held farmers, officials, civil officers, and 4 jap geologists hostage for weeks. The prisoners have been used as human shields opposed to Kyrgyz retaliation, and the rebels ransomed them.
Of the IMU ahead of February sixteen, 1999, whilst six motor vehicle bombs exploded throughout downtown Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan. the automobile bombs blew up in the course of a interval of 1 and a part hours in the midst of the day, killing sixteen humans and injuring greater than one hundred twenty. one of many bombs, planted in a damn thirty-nine-year-old Uzbek-built GAZ-21 vehicle, in some way gone through safety guards to park close to glossy govt sedans supplying officers to front steps of the cupboard of Ministers development in.
Vorukh), then hop back over one other brief stretch of Kyrgyz land into “mainland” Uzbekistan and the Fergana Valley, the place they'd sign up for different IMU warring parties and start guerrilla operations opposed to the Karimov regime. the biggest armed team used to be led through Namangani. throughout the peace strategy in Tajikistan in 1997 he had watched quietly from the sidelines as his former allies within the UTO made the transition from being guerrilla warlords hiding within the mountains to politicians keeping robust positions.
Fuck, those men are gonna begin capturing any minute,” Smith whispers to Dickey as they flow. Dickey’s enamel chatter and his flesh twitches with involuntary spasms. He has spotted the best way that all of them communicate in suits and stutters. mountain climbing is a box during which holding a lid on an array of fears is vital to good fortune and survival. among the 4 americans they've got skilled sufficient typhoon and steepness to deal with virtually something a mountain of rock can throw at them. yet being menaced by means of murderous.