Chapter 1 BEYOND THE SKY
I am out of balance. I hang dangerously off center but I’m oblivious, until some dim awareness of the world shakes me awake.
I lift my head up slightly and look toward my feet. Sure enough, I’m not flat. My body is sloping downward and I can barely see the tips of my toes in the faint moonlight. This wouldn’t be anything to worry about if it weren’t for the fact that I’m on a cot pinned to a sheer granite wall two thousand feet above the valley floor.
My shifting around was enough to wake my climbing partner, Tom Paxton. Pax is lean, but with a...