The Ledge

The Ledge

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a€œThe authors bring extreme climbing to life. . . . Perhaps no author can rationalize why some choose to risk their lives . . . for the thrill of conquering a mountain. The Ledge comes perilously close and tells a ripping true story at the same time.a€a€”The Denver Post In June 1992, best friends Jim Davidson and Mike Price stood atop Washingtona€™s Mount Rainier, celebrating what they hoped would be the first of many milestones in their lives as passionate mountaineers. Then their triumph turned tragic when a cave-in plunged them deep inside a glacial crevassea€”the pitch-black, ice-walled hell of every climbera€™s nightmares. An avid adventurer since youth, Davidson was a seasoned climber at the time of the Rainier ascent. But the harrowing free fall left him challenged by naturea€™s grandeur at its most unforgiving. Trapped on a narrow frozen shelf, deep below daylight, he desperately battled crumbling ice, snow that threatened to bury him alive, and crippling fear of the inescapable chasm belowa€”all the while struggling to save his fatally injured friend. Finally, alone, with little equipment and rapidly dwindling hope, he confronted a fateful choice: the certainty of a slow, lonely death or the near impossibility of an agonizing climb for life. A story of heart-stopping adventure, heartfelt friendship, fleeting mortality, and implacable nature, The Ledge chronicles the elation and grief, dizzying heights and punishing depths, of a journey to hard-won wisdom. a€œPlunges readers into a dark, icy chasm from which escape seems impossible. Then it reveals the strength it takes to look up, and to start climbing.a€a€”Jim Sheeler, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and author of the National Book Award finalist Final Salute a€œHow [Davidson] rescued himself is the core of The Ledge, and its most gripping part. The physical effort and will involved are astonishing.a€a€”The Plain Dealer a€œA moving portrait of friendship and loss.a€a€”The Wall Street JournalI try imagining how a self-belay system might work, having only ever seen it in books. ... My mind flips back through snippets and half-remembered diagrams from all the climbing manuals la#39;ve read. Mental pictures pop up from a decade of tent and campfire gatherings with other climbersa€”snapshot images of rope tricks, tips, anbsp;...

Title:The Ledge
Author: Jim Davidson, Kevin Vaughan
Publisher:Ballantine Books - 2011-07-26

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