The Next Everest: Surviving the Mountain’s Deadliest Day and Finding the Resilience to Climb Again by Jim Davidson is a memoir of the author’s experience being trapped on the mountain during a 7.8 magnitude earthquake, and going back. Mr. Davidson. The author is an avid climber and motivational speaker.
- 416 pages
- Publisher : St. Martin’s Press
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 1250272297
The book starts off with the author on Mt. Everest, moments before the biggest disaster to every hit the mountain occurs. Correspondingly, Mr. Davidson establishes the terrifying scene very quickly and efficiently, drawing a chilling picture to the reader.
The Next Everest: Surviving the Mountain’s Deadliest Day and Finding the Resilience to Climb Again by Jim Davidson is not just an adventure story, but one of resilience and courage. Having the advantage of a keen eye, and a degree in geology gives this story a unique perspective than the other thrill seekers.
The author doesn’t sugarcoat the dangers mountaineers face on Everest. Frankly, his training and education might even be a handicap since his mind can process the possibilities of dangers all around. This is not just a climbing story, Mr. Davidson shares his feelings, fears, and thoughts. The difficulties in leaving behind a family for weeks or months to pursue a passion, and the cost some people pay both financially and emotionally.
Above all, the author takes the reader up the mountain with him, almost step by step. I’ve read several books about this subject, but this one really made me feel the effort and sacrifice needed to achieve a summit – not to mention luck.
It’s important to realize that every little thing that might go wrong at those altitudes could be a catastrophe. Mr. Davidson makes that particularly clear over and over again – and he’s right.
Mr. Davidson is a keynote speaker, as well as a motivational speaker as his bio shows. This book is, I assume, geared towards that market and credentials for future jobs. That is fine, by all means, it’s still a fascinating story, well told, insightful, with self-reflection and honesty.
Zohar — Man of la Book
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