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About Jim Davidson
Jim Davidson is a high-altitude climber, professional speaker, and the author of two adventure memoirs. He recently wrote “The Next Everest,” and he co-authored “The Ledge” with Kevin Vaughan. The Ledge was a NY Times bestseller and won the National Outdoor Book Award in Outdoor Literature. During his 39 years of climbing, Jim has traveled from Alaska to Argentina, from Bolivia to Tibet. He was on Mount Everest during the tragic earthquake in 2015, then returned in 2017 to reach the summit. Jim has shared his survival stories and resilience lessons with National Geographic, Smithsonian Channel, Discovery, and many more.
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A dramatic account of the deadly avalanche on Everest—and a return to reach the summit.
On April 25, 2015, Jim Davidson was climbing Mount Everest when a 7.8-magnitude earthquake released avalanches all around him and his team, destroying their only escape route and trapping them at nearly 20,000 feet. It was the largest earthquake in Nepal in eighty-one years and killed nearly 8,900 people. That day also became the deadliest in the history of Everest, with eighteen people losing their lives on the mountain.
After spending two unsettling days stranded on Everest, Davidson's team was rescued by helicopter. The experience left him shaken, and despite his thirty-three years of climbing and serving as an expedition leader, he wasn’t sure that he would ever go back. But in the face of risk and uncertainty, he returned in 2017 and finally achieved his dream of reaching the summit.
Suspenseful and engrossing, The Next Everest portrays the experience of living through the biggest disaster to ever hit the mountain. Davidson's background in geology and environmental science makes him uniquely qualified to explain why the seismic threats lurking beneath Nepal are even greater today. But this story is not about “conquering” the world’s highest peak. Instead, it reveals how embracing change, challenge, and uncertainty prepares anyone to face their next “Everest” in life.
In June 1992, best friends Jim Davidson and Mike Price stood atop Washington’s Mount Rainier, celebrating what they hoped would be the first of many milestones in their lives as passionate mountaineers. Then their triumph turned tragic when a cave-in plunged them deep inside a glacial crevasse—the pitch-black, ice-walled hell of every climber’s nightmares.
An avid adventurer since youth, Davidson was a seasoned climber at the time of the Rainier ascent. But the harrowing free fall left him challenged by nature’s grandeur at its most unforgiving. Trapped on a narrow frozen shelf, deep below daylight, he desperately battled crumbling ice, snow that threatened to bury him alive, and crippling fear of the inescapable chasm below—all the while struggling to save his fatally injured friend. Finally, alone, with little equipment and rapidly dwindling hope, he confronted a fateful choice: the certainty of a slow, lonely death or the near impossibility of an agonizing climb for life. A story of heart-stopping adventure, heartfelt friendship, fleeting mortality, and implacable nature, The Ledge chronicles the elation and grief, dizzying heights and punishing depths, of a journey to hard-won wisdom.
“Plunges readers into a dark, icy chasm from which escape seems impossible. Then it reveals the strength it takes to look up, and to start climbing.”—Jim Sheeler, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and author of the National Book Award finalist Final Salute
“How [Davidson] rescued himself is the core of The Ledge, and its most gripping part. The physical effort and will involved are astonishing.”—The Plain Dealer
“A moving portrait of friendship and loss.”—The Wall Street Journal
La scioccante testimonianza del più grande disastro nella storia della montagna
Dall’autore bestseller del New York Times
Il 25 aprile 2015, mentre stanno scalando il monte Everest, Jim Davidson e il suo team vengono sorpresi da un terremoto di magnitudo 7.8 e bloccati da una tremenda serie di valanghe a oltre 6000 metri di altitudine.
Verranno salvati due giorni dopo. Quel terremoto fu il più terribile degli ultimi ottant’anni in Nepal, arrivando a mietere circa 8900 vittime. E quel 25 aprile fu anche la giornata più mortale della storia dell’Everest: ben 18 persone persero la vita sulla montagna. L’evento lasciò Davidson profondamente scioccato, ma il sogno di conquistare quella vetta leggendaria si dimostrò più forte della paura. Due anni dopo, l’esperto scalatore riuscì nell’impresa. Questo libro non è solo la straordinaria testimonianza di quei giorni infernali, ma anche un’incredibile storia di resilienza e rinascita.
Un’incredibile storia vera
La conquista della vetta più alta del mondo, sfidando il terrore
«Davidson dà un avvincente resoconto delle valanghe che seguirono il terremoto in Nepal del 25 aprile 2015.»
The New Yorker
«Non solo gli alpinisti, ma anche chi viaggia restando seduto in poltrona sarà catturato dalla narrazione al cardiopalmo di Davidson.»
«Il libro di Davidson interesserà gli appassionati di alpinismo e chiunque sia in cerca di storie sul superamento di terribili ostacoli.»
È uno scalatore di alta quota e uno speaker motivazionale. Assieme al suo team, è stato più volte elogiato dall’U.S. National Park Service per la sua partecipazione a rischiose operazioni di salvataggio in montagne remote. Il suo progetto “Speaking of Adventure” è stato presentato con grande seguito negli Stati Uniti e non solo. Vive in Colorado con la moglie e i due figli.