“[Davidson] follows in the literary trail blazed by Krakauer… a gripping account.” —The New Yorker
The Next Everest
One of Atlas & Boots’ Top 10 Adventure Travel Books of 2021, The Next Everest is a stunning true story of adventure, disaster, and resilience.
“[Davidson] follows in the literary trail blazed by Krakauer. He provides a gripping account of a series of avalanches on Everest on April 25, 2015.”—The New Yorker
“Deft and honest . . . Davidson exorcises the demons of a tragedy decades in his past.” —David Roberts, acclaimed adventure writer and author of The Mountain of My Fear
“A poignant read for our current times.” —Jake Norton, 8 Everest expeditions; UN Goodwill Ambassador; award-winning Everest filmmaker
“A tour-de-force of resilience.” —Chris Tomer, co-author of Sleeping on the Summits
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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 of aftershocks and avalanches while 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 increases people’s resilience and prepares anyone to face their next “Everest” in life.