Language: English . Brand New. On June 21, 1992, two best friends summited Mount Rainier. Within hours, their exquisite accomplishment would be overshadowed by tragedy. On their descent, Jim Davidson fell through an ice bridge on Rainier s northeast flank, plunging eighty feet into a narrow crevasse inside the Emmons Glacier and dragging Mike Price in after him. Mike fell to his death; Jim, badly injured and armed with minimal gear, faced an almost impossible climb back out of the crevasse, up a nearly vertical ice wall. Mourning his friend s death, he miraculously climbed out of the crevasse and lived to relate his experiences.Told in parallel narratives of the tragedy and the climbers lives, The Ledge is both a riveting, wrenching story and an inspirational adventure tale. N° de réf. du libraire
Synopsis : ?The 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.??The Denver Post
In June 1992, best friends Jim Davidson and Mike Price stood atop Washington?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 crevasse?the pitch-black, ice-walled hell of every climber?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 nature?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 below?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.
?Plunges 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.??Jim Sheeler, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and author of the National Book Award finalist Final Salute
?How [Davidson] rescued himself is the core of The Ledge, and its most gripping part. The physical effort and will involved are astonishing.??The Plain Dealer
?A moving portrait of friendship and loss.??The Wall Street Journal
Titre : The Ledge (Library Edition): An Adventure ...
Éditeur : Tantor Media, Inc
Date d'édition : 2011
Reliure : CD-Audio
Etat du livre : New
Edition : Library ed.
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