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

They hid the climbers by day and marched them by night through freezing, no clean water, with little food, treacherous mountain terrain, and the constant threat of execution. The four climbers -- the oldest of them only 25 -- would see a fellow hostage, a Kyrgyz soldier, executed before their eyes. The kidnappers, themselves barely out of their teens, intended to use their hostages as human shields and for ransom money as they moved across Kyrgyzstan.

At daybreak, they would be kidnapped at gunpoint by fanatical militants of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan IMU, which operates out of secret bases in Tajikistan and Afghanistan and is linked to Al Qaeda. With riveting details, child re-creates the entire hour-by-hour drama, from the first ricocheting bullets to the climatic decision that gains them their freedom.

Set in a region rife with narcotics and terrorism, this is a compelling story about loyalty and the will to survive. And in a remarkable life-and-death crucible over six terrifying days, they would be forced to choose between saving their own lives and committing an act none of them thought they ever could.

In over the edge, the climbers reveal the complete story of their nightmarish ordeal to journalist and climber Greg Child. What continues to make it relevant today, 15 years after the events took place, is the geopolitical context -- the incident happened, eerily, on the eve of 9–/11; the fact that at least two of the four climbers continue to be prominent in the sport; and the details incorporated into the story around the media hype and controversy regarding the climbers and their story.

Click here to download sample chapters from over the edge ** a different sort of true climbing adventure—this one with terrorists, 2000, beth Rodden, kidnappings, four of America’s best young rock climbers—Tommy Caldwell, and AK47s* New afterword by the author* First time in paperbackBefore dawn on August 12, Jason “Singer” Smith, and John Dickey—were asleep in their portaledges high on the Yellow Wall in the Pamir-Alai mountain range of Kyrgyzstan.



Alone on the Wall

Expert free soloist alex honnold isn't afraid to push the limit; one of the most famous adventure athletes in the world, won awards, he has pioneered new routes, and shattered records. Alone on the wall recounts the seven most astonishing achievements of Honnold's extraordinary life and career, brimming with lessons on living fearlessly, taking risks, and maintaining focus even in the face of extreme danger.

The life and death-defying feats of Alex Honnold, a visionary climber of the sort that comes along only once in a generation. Free solo climbing is a high-stakes sport: if you fall, you die.


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But his evolution as a climber was not without challenges; in his early twenties, he was held hostage by militants in a harrowing ordeal in the mountains of Kyrgyzstan. He set his sights on free climbing El Capitan’s biggest, steepest, blankest face—the Dawn Wall. Later his wife, and main climbing partner, left him.

This engrossing memoir chronicles the journey of a boy with a fanatical mountain-guide father who was determined to instill toughness in his son to a teen whose obsessive nature drove him to the top of the sport-climbing circuit. Caldwell’s affinity for adventure then led him to the vertigo-inducing and little understood world of big wall free climbing.

. Caldwell’s odds-defying feat was the culmination of an entire lifetime of pushing himself to his limits as an athlete. Soon after, he lost his left index finger in an accident. A new york times bestsellera dramatic, inspiring memoir by legendary rock climber tommy caldwell, the first person to free climb the Dawn Wall of Yosemite’s El Capitan   “The rarest of adventure reads:  it thrills with colorful details of courage and perseverance but it enriches readers with an absolutely captivating glimpse into how a simple yet unwavering resolve can turn adversity into reward.

The denver post a finalist for the boardman tasker award for mountain literatureon january 14, Kevin Jorgeson, 000-foot Dawn Wall, Tommy Caldwell, 2015, summited what is widely regarded as the hardest climb in history—Yosemite’s nearly vertical 3, along with his partner, after nineteen days on the route.

The push is an arresting story of focus, drive, motivation, endurance, turn failure into growth, and transformation, cultivate perseverance, a book that will appeal to anyone seeking to overcome fear and doubt, and find connection with family and with the natural world. This epic assault took more than seven years, found love again, during which time Caldwell redefined the sport, and became a father.




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The themes that run through florine's 101 ascents of Yosemite's most iconic route can benefit people who will never climb a rock, indeed anyone inspired by the idea of a passionate, lifelong quest of any type. Florine, along with climbing partner Alex Honnold, does it in an astounding 2. 5 hours. But florine’s story is not one of super-human athletic prowess; it’s one of persistence and dogged determination.

In on the nose, pivotal, florine describes the most dangerous, and inspirational of those climbs, providing a rare look inside the adrenaline-charged world of competitive climbing in Yosemite Valley. He holds the speed record on the nose route of El Capitan, a 3, 000-foot granite cliff in Yosemite Valley that’s considered the Everest of the rock-climbing world.

He tells of his very first attempt on the nose, his friendships and rivalries with climbing’s most colorful personalities, which ended in failure after 14 hours, and his battle with Dean Potter to secure the definitive speed record on the Nose—an endeavor that’s been called the wildest competition known to man.

Perhaps most interestingly, Florine attempts to answer the question why. Jim collins, author of good to GreatHans Florine is a big-wall climbing legend in his own time. Ascending the nose takes most climbers anywhere from 12 to 96 hours. In 30 years of climbing, more than anyone else ever has, death-defying 100 times, he's ascended the Nose a mind-blowing, and most likely ever will.

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The inner workings of an Everest expedition team and what it takes to climb the world's highest mountain are laid bare. Pushed beyond their physical and mental limits, climbers drop by the wayside. A must for climbing enthusiasts, lovers of adventure, and adrenaline junkies; the closing chapters will leave you breathless.

Base camp and the world above it come to life in this riveting, true novel. Their primal instincts for survival battle with their dogged resolve to drag themselves to the top of the world. There is but one aim: the summit, the summit of Mount Everest. What starts with a trouble-free trek into the Nepalese highlands explodes into a gripping tale of hardship, peril, and adversity.

But the focus remains: battle to the summit, and if successful, somehow get back down again. White plunges the reader into a land of subzero temperatures, asphyxiating air, and ever increasing danger. Some do not return at all. Success and failure vie for supremacy throughout. This personal, day-by-day chronicle takes the reader along every step of an Everest climb.

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Hymel. In this riveting account of an expedition to climb Denali, the author describes how a childhood fascination with mountaineering led to the adventure of a lifetime. I recommend this book to anyone. I could not recommend this book more!”-- K. They were forced to face life and death on terms that had a lasting effect on each of them.

More than a description of the climb, this is an introspective look at the physical and mental demands of climbing a high mountain, and it provides thoughtful insight on the impact that this amazing adventure had on Larry and his family and friends. Come along on a journey from armchair to the top of the continent, and share in the drama of this epic journey.

An extraordinary true adventure story“This is an incredible account of what it takes, physically and emotionally, to take on a climb like Denali. Mckinley, denali is the highest peak in North America and well known for its vicious winds and dreadfully cold weather. During an expedition that was both triumphant and tragic, the team experienced the full force of the mountain’s fury.

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In montana, he took his first steps into the Rocky Mountains, unwittingly beginning a decade-long obsession with climbing and a journey that would take him all over the West and Europe. Written with unflinching honesty and vulnerability, redemption, Sixty Meters to Anywhere is the memoir of a barstool storyteller who left the bar and found adventure, and a life that almost never happened.

It was the final mistake in a long list that included multiple arrests, broken bones, wrecked cars, fistfights, and ruined relationships. When brendan leonard moved to the West at age 23, he was a mess. He had a tenuous grip on sobriety, only six months after his last drink had landed him in yet another jail cell.

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Born in 1947, he was one of the leading lights of the Polish golden age of Himalayan climbing. Winner of the 2017 banff Mountain Book Award for Mountain Literature Non Fiction. Winner of the 2017 Boardman Tasker Prize for Mountain Literature. Winner of the National Outdoor Book Awards. A profound and moving biography of one of the international climbing world's most respected, complicated and reclusive mountaineers.

Voytek kurtyka remains one of the greatest alpinists of all time. Dubbed the “climb of the century, as of 2016, ” his route on G IV, has yet to be repeated. His most frequent climbing partners were alpine legends of their time: Polish Himalayan climber Jerzy Kukuczka, Swiss mountain guide Erhard Loretan and British alpinist Alex MacIntyre.

After repeated requests to accept the piolet d’Or lifetime achievement award the Academy Award of the climbing world, Kurtyka finally accepted the honour in the spring of 2016. His visionary approach to climbing resulted in many renowned ascents, above all, the “night naked” speed climbs of Cho Oyu and Shishapangma and, such as the complete Broad Peak traverse, the alpine-style ascent of the West Face of Gasherbrum IV.

A fiercely private individual, lectures and festival appearances, he continues to decline countless invitations for interviews, but has agreed to co-operate with internationally renowned and award winning Canadian author Bernadette McDonald on this long-awaited biography. Certain to be a major event in the climbing world, Art of Freedom will appeal to all readers who dream of mountain landscapes and those who long to touch the sky.

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Bonington also recounts expeditions to k2 and the ogre baintha brakk in the karakoram, in China, glory, despite repeatedly enduring the trauma of losing friends, seeking to explain his perpetual fascination with the highest points on earth, describing passionately each attempt: the logistics, and tragedy, and Kongur, and often placing huge responsibility upon anxious loved ones left at home.

The everest years reveals bonington's love and appreciation for his ever-supportive wife Wendy, Peter Boardman, Joe Tasker and Mo Anthoine, the companions sharing his mountain memories including Doug Scott, the loyal Sherpas, Dougal Haston, and of course the glorious peaks of the Himalaya and Karakoram mountain ranges.

. Following i chose to climb and the next Horizon, this final instalment of Bonington's autobiography will take you through a huge spectrum of brutally honest emotions and majestic landscapes. The everest years shares the story of his relationship with the highest and most sought-after peak on the planet, Everest, and his ultimate fulfilment upon finally summiting in 1985 at age fifty.

Bonington chronicles four expeditions to the himalaya and Everest, including the 1975 South-West Face expedition on which he was leader and on which Doug Scott and Dougal Haston became the first Britons to summit the mountain. Sir chris bonington is a household name as a result of his distinguished mountaineering career during which he has lead pioneering expeditions to the summits of some of the most stunning mountains in the world.

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Bonington then recounts his ascents across the globe; from the Old Man of Hoy in Scotland, the Eiger in Switzerland, to Sangay in Ecuador to name but a few. He concludes in the summer of 1972 with preparations for his ambitious autumn Everest expedition. This revealing narrative of chris bonington's experiences provides an insight into the charismatic generation of climbing personalities with whom he travelled, as well as his development into the celebrity we know today.

The next horizon, throughout an extraordinary decade of adversity, the second volume in Chris Bonington's autobiography after I Chose to Climb, picks up his story from 1962 and relates his subsequent adventures as a mountaineer, photographer, journalist and expedition leader alongside eminent climbers including Doug Scott and Don Whillans, thrill and discovery.

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