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The Ledge by Jim Davidson
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Nov 25, 12

Read in September, 2011

A good read about based on a 1992 climbing accident where two climbers fell through a snow bridge while descending Mt Rainier. One of the climbers is killed and the other goes through the lifesaving efforts, then the grief and then his self rescue out of the crevasse

The authors, one of whom is the surviving climber, do a great job of giving the background and life of both climbers before the accident. By the time the accident occurs you feel that you know both the climbers and their passion for mountaineering.

The accident and aftermath were riveting and I was impressed with the sensitive treatment of the death of the one climber. The description of the rescue got a bit technical, the description of the self belay, the use of the rope, the moving of the ice screws was at times over my head and occasionally tedious. However, readers with a stronger mountaineering background would surely appreciate the detail.

The aftermath of the accident was also handled sensitively, especially the survivor's conversations with the the dead climber's family. It also described how the survivor resumed his passion for mountaineering and describes his subsequent life

A good read that I recommend
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