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 special kind of actual hiking adventure—this one with terrorists, kidnappings, and AK47s

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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'd be abducted at gunpoint by means of fanatical militants of the Islamic move 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 youngsters, meant to exploit their hostages as human shields and for ransom funds as they moved throughout Kyrgyzstan. They concealed the climbers by way of day and marched them through evening via freezing, treacherous mountain terrain, with little meals, no fresh water, and the consistent chance of execution.

The 4 climbers -- the oldest of them purely 25 -- might see a fellow hostage, a Kyrgyz soldier, achieved ahead of their eyes. And in a awesome life-and-death crucible over six terrifying days, they'd be compelled to choose from saving their very own lives and committing an act none of them suggestion they ever could.

In Over the Edge, the climbers demonstrate the full tale in their nightmarish ordeal to journalist and climber Greg baby. With riveting info, baby re-creates the complete 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 keeps to make it correct at the present time, 15 years after the occasions came about, is the geopolitical context -- the incident occurred, eerily, at the eve of 9–/11; the truth that no less than of the 4 climbers remain widespread within the recreation; and the main points integrated into the tale round the media hype and controversy concerning the climbers and their story.

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Any soldier crossing it will likely be within the line of fireplace. 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 instructed them that foreigners are between them. the warriors learn about their murdered comrades at Mazar. they need the rebels lifeless, yet they can not see them. At 2 P. M. they ship 3 males towards the footbridge. The ear-splitting crack of greater than 40 guns firing millions of rounds in live performance jars the climbers to consciousness. The Kyrgyz squaddies have sniper rifles with telescopic attractions, 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 odor of spent rounds, the ping of ejected shell casings, and ricochets of incoming hearth are all over the place. The climbers attract their limbs and crunch into the smallest shapes they could make. an outstanding sliver of sizzling steel flies down Caldwell’s again, burning his pores and skin. whilst Rodden glances up, she sees a Kyrgyz soldier close to the bridge. He drops to the floor, then rolls downhill for ten ft, 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 kin. His 4 teenagers scream and cry as stray bullets hit the clay partitions. because the taking pictures grows extra extreme he turns into sure that they’ll all be killed, so he kicks a gap throughout the rear of his residence and the family members runs. Kalnarazov—Homer Simpson to the Americans—has had good enough violence in contemporary days. the former morning Abdul had barged into his hut, held a rifle to the shepherd’s head, and threatened to kill him and his relatives until he published tips to the climbers’ camps. The weapon firing at the back of Dickey and Smith is Abdul’s, and it appears like a cannon. It’s the long-barreled gun that Obid have been maintaining on the base of the Yellow Wall. a quick motion RPK-74 gentle computer gun, it's a longer-range, higher-velocity weapon than the Kalashnikovs the opposite rebels shoulder. Abdul fires bursts of 3 and 4 photographs from it, sighting his pursuits with the regular hand of a hunter of guys. He captured the weapon from the Kyrgyz patrol he had ambushed days past. A part hour into the firefight Dickey turns his head towards Abdul’s place and their eyes attach. The insurgent orders him to go away his take care of and sign up for him in the back of the boulder he’s firing from. Dickey crawls towards Abdul on his arms and knees and crouches subsequent to him at the back of the insubstantial hide. Then Abdul does whatever so inexplicable that even at the present time it puzzles Dickey: he drops the weapon from his shoulder and lays it at the floor in entrance of Dickey. He appears to be like into the American’s eyes, then to the weapon, then again to the yankee. The gun is inches from Dickey’s arms.

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