One story that re-emerged during the big Dawn Wall push was this incredible story from 2000 when a young Tommy Caldwell, along with Beth Rodden, John Dickey and Jason Smith, was abducted by rebels in Kyrgyzstan:
“What the hell was that?” he shouts, donning his helmet instinctively, assuming the rifle crack is the clatter of rockfall.
“We’re being shot at, Singer!” Beth Rodden calls out in alarm from the other portaledge.
“That’s irrational,” Smith replies. “It’s probably local hunters.”
Then the third bullet hits right between the two platforms. Rock chips fly out of the crater, spraying the climbers.
“That was definitely for us!” Rodden shouts.