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  • The Next Everest

  • Surviving the Mountain's Deadliest Day and Finding the Resilience to Climb Again
  • By: Jim Davidson
  • Narrated by: Jim Davidson, Tim Campbell
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (9 ratings)

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Summary

This program includes excerpts read by the author.

One of Atlas & Boots' Top 10 Adventure Travel Books of 2021

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 81 years and killed about 8,900 people. That day also became the deadliest in the history of Everest, with 18 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 33 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.

A Macmillan Audio production from St. Martin's Press

"Among all outdoor pursuits, climbing mountains offers the purest, most direct challenge. Jim Davidson weaves his experiences with avalanches, crevasse falls, earthquakes, altitude, frostbite, and other Himalayan hazards into an exciting, sometimes somber introspective narrative, describing not just how he survives climbing the highest mountains in the world, but more importantly, why he must go again and again." (Roman Dial, author of The Adventurer’s Son)

©2021 Jim Davidson (P)2021 Macmillan Audio

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  • Lynette
  • 26-05-21

If you like books about Everest, you'll love this

Loved it. Narrator was good. I didn't know that the author lived in Fort Collins s, Colorado (where I live). I wished I had know, and was able to follow him on his climb.

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  • Jay Voigt
  • 31-08-22

A great book and a fresh take on climbing Everest

On top of an edge of your seat story the author offers some fresh perspectives on climbing Mt. Everest. A topic that has been written about in dozens of books. It's one of my favorites on the topic I've ever read.

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  • Audrey
  • 30-08-22

An amazing quest for awe

A well told and detailed account of what it must be like to climb Everest. Jim goes into great detail about the technique, conditions and preparation. It’s a wonderful story with many life parallels. It’s worth listening all the way through the afterward.

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  • Elisabeth
  • 21-07-22

Hate the narrator, not sure what the purpose of the story was

I hate the narrator for this. His attempt at playing female parts seem very sexist and condescending. Furthermore, the voice seems very obnoxious. The story it self is not inspiring. Hard to follow and understand the purpose.

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  • PJay II
  • 19-07-22

No climbing here.

I’m usually pretty careful about the books I pick so I rarely give a bad review.
If you’re looking for a book about climbing this is not the book for you. The amount of climbing that takes place in this book amounts to exactly 0.
If you’re looking for a book about the downside of the risks of attempting Mount Everest and all of the depressing aftermath of one of the many disasters that has occurred on Everest this book will describe the depression and human misery that follows such events in excruciating detail.
I had to stop reading it about a third of the way in because I couldn’t take it anymore. Maybe there’s some climbing that takes place in the end but it doesn’t seem like it’s shaping up that way to me!

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  • roux
  • 29-06-22

Nice history

Everything is about resilience beautiful storyline, nice story telling and big guts to go back after such terrible that stroke Nepal.
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  • RicoRoxy
  • 25-01-22

Terrific Story!

Jim Davidson provides a first hand account of one of the truly remarkable feats in the sporting world. Highly recommend you read this!

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  • samwcook
  • 19-01-22

Perfect!

A wonderful story from what seems to be a great guy! Wonderful book and narrator.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-12-21

Excellent Story Brilliantly Told

Even if you have no climbing experience, you will thoroughly enjoy this honest, humble, thrilling, and very personal account of one of the biggest adventures a person could ever have. While listening, I felt as if I were climbing right next to Jim...from the warmth and comfort of my couch while sipping beer. This is a very personal account of what it takes in a persons life to follow their dreams and it was an absolute pleasure to listen along. The narrator did a great job bringing this true story to life. Couldn't recommend this audio book more.

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  • Christopher Ummer
  • 19-07-21

Excellent!

Loved the details and sound bites that were worked into the reading. Davidson has a great concern for the Nepalese people and that is evident in this book.