Live on Zoom! Jim Davidson, in conversation with John Calderazzo - The Next Everest

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A dramatic account of the deadly earthquake 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 about 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 how this natural disaster unfolded and 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.


Jim Davidson is an accomplished high-altitude climber, motivational speaker, and coauthor of the New York Times bestseller The Ledge. Along with his teammates, he has been commended twice by the U.S. National Park Service for volunteering on risky and remote mountain rescues. He has inspired audiences across the United States and internationally through his business, Speaking of Adventure. Davidson has two adventurous children and lives in Colorado with his wife.


John Calderazzo taught creative nonfiction writing at Colorado State University, where he won a Best CSU Teacher Award and co-founded a university-wide teaching climate change initiative. He has also taught scientists how to communicate with the public through story telling. His poems, essays, and stories have appeared widely, including in Audubon, Brevity, Georgia Review, High Country News, Orion, The Normal School, and Witness. His books include a freelance-writing guide, a children's science book, and Rising Fire: Volcanoes and Our Inner Lives. He's won a Colorado Arts Council Fellowship, a Traveler's Tales Solas award for an essay about Buddhism and mountains in Bhutan, and a writing residency at the Andrews Forest. His work has appeared in Best American Nature Writing, Best Travel Adventure Stories, A Poetic Inventory of Rocky Mountain National Park, and Copper Canyon Press's 2019 Here: Poems for the Planet.


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