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Monday, 25 April 2016

The Ledge An Adventure Story of Friendship and Survival on Mount Rainier



"My Eyes travel up the frozen walls. I figure is eighty feet up to the sunlight. The walls above me climb up at about eighty degrees. they go dead vertical, and then, higher up, they overhang. It in as if I am looking out from the belly of a best, its jagged white teeth interlocking above me." In June 1992, best friend Jim Davidson and Mike Price stood triumphaty atop Washington's Mount Rainer. celebrating what they hoped would be the first of many milestons in their lives as passinate young mountainers. Intead, their conques gave way to castrophe when a cave-in phunged them deep inside a glacial crevasse -- the pitch-black. ice-walled hell that every climber's nightmares are made of An avid adventure from an early age. Davidson was alredy a seasoned climber at the time of the Rainir ascent, fully aware of the risks and hopelessly in lovewith challenge. But in the blur of a harrowing free fall, be suddenly found himself challenged by nature's grandeur at is most unforgiving. Trapped on a narrow. unstable frozen ladge, deep below daylight and hight above a yawning chasm, he would desperately battle crumbling ice and snow that threatened to bury him alive, while struggling in vain to save his fatally companion. And finally, white little equipmen, no partner, and rapidly dwindling hope, would have to make a fateful choice -- between the certainy of a slow, lonely death or the seeming impossibility of climbing for his life At once a heart-stopping adventure story, a heartfelt memoir of frienship, and stirring meditation on fleeting mortality and immutable nature. The Ledge chronicles one man's transforming odyssey from the dizzying heights of elation and awe to punishing depths of grief and hard-won wisdom. This book's visceral, visceral, lyrical prose sings the praises of the physical word's wonders, while searching the souls of those willing, for better or worse, to fully embrace it,

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