Combining gripping adventure writing with intimate memoir, Rick Ridgeway takes readers to the mysterious mountain domain of Tibet and into the remote corners of his past. In what Tim Cahill called the “most intensely personal” of his books, Ridgeway recounts his amazing journey with Asia Wright, the daughter of his friend Jonathan, who was killed in a horrific avalanche twenty years before. Hoping to help her connect with the father she never knew, Ridgeway travels with her to the breathtaking Himalayas Jonathan so cherished. Here, Ridgeway’s storytelling hits perfect pitch as he weaves together dramatic stories of past adventure with his and Asia’s journey of self-discipline and self-discovery. Destined to become a classic, Below Another Sky is at once an evaluation of a life lived on the edge and a story of loss and of mysterious truths revealed.
“Ridgeway gazes back over his own career in global adventuring, and measures his hard-won wisdom against the natural grace he remembers in his long-dead companion. The result is a touching drama and an absorbing read.”-San Francisco Chronicle
“Below Another Sky is inspirational, thrilling reading.” -Bookpage
“A famous climber and his young charge return to a mountain in China not to conquer its peak, but to find a dead father and friend, and in so doing, embrace death and the art of living in this wrenching, open-hearted memoir.” -Gretel Ehrlich, author of The Solace of Open Spaces
“A soaring account of thirty years in the teeth of action and a ten-week pilgrimage to reunite the present with the past. In these pages you’ll come close, at last, to the answer to that age-old question: Why climb?”
-John Balzar, author of Yukon Alone