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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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  • Christopher Ummer
  • 19-07-2021

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.

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  • fortleslie
  • 27-06-2021

So great!!

loved it so much! really well written and a great listen, felt like I was watching it all! I don't often listen to books more than once but I will with this one!

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  • Karen Smith
  • 21-06-2021

Excellent....you're right on the mountain with him

Thoroughly enjoyed. Very educational presentation especially about the effects of oxygen and high altitude issues.

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  • Lauralyn Johnson
  • 28-05-2021

Great book

Great book, well written. You can almost imagine being there. The reader, however, was quite monotonous.

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  • Lynette
  • 26-05-2021

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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