The Ledge: An Inspirational Story of Friendship and Survival

The Ledge: An Inspirational Story of Friendship and Survival

by Jim Davidson, Kevin Vaughan
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The Ledge: An Inspirational Story of Friendship and Survival by Jim Davidson, Kevin Vaughan

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “The authors bring extreme climbing to life. . . . Perhaps no author can rationalize why some choose to risk their lives . . . for the thrill of conquering a mountain. The Ledge comes perilously close and tells a ripping true story at the same time.”—The Denver Post
In June 1992, best friends Jim Davidson and Mike Price stood atop Washington’s Mount Rainier, celebrating what they hoped would be the first of many milestones in their lives as passionate mountaineers. Then their triumph turned tragic when a cave-in plunged them deep inside a glacial crevasse—the pitch-black, ice-walled hell of every climber’s nightmares.
An avid adventurer since youth, Davidson was a seasoned climber at the time of the Rainier ascent. But the harrowing free fall left him challenged by nature’s grandeur at its most unforgiving. Trapped on a narrow frozen shelf, deep below daylight, he desperately battled crumbling ice, snow that threatened to bury him alive, and crippling fear of the inescapable chasm below—all the while struggling to save his fatally injured friend. Finally, alone, with little equipment and rapidly dwindling hope, he confronted a fateful choice: the certainty of a slow, lonely death or the near impossibility of an agonizing climb for life. A story of heart-stopping adventure, heartfelt friendship, fleeting mortality, and implacable nature, The Ledge chronicles the elation and grief, dizzying heights and punishing depths, of a journey to hard-won wisdom.
“Plunges readers into a dark, icy chasm from which escape seems impossible. Then it reveals the strength it takes to look up, and to start climbing.”—Jim Sheeler, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and author of the National Book Award finalist Final Salute
“How [Davidson] rescued himself is the core of The Ledge, and its most gripping part. The physical effort and will involved are astonishing.”—The Plain Dealer
“A moving portrait of friendship and loss.”—The Wall Street Journal

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780345523211
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/26/2011
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 173,134
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Jim Davidson is an accomplished climber, speaker, and science writer. He has brought inspiration to corporate audiences and associations across the United States and overseas through his professional business, Speaking of Adventure. Davidson lives in Fort Collins, Colorado, with his two adventurous kids and his very tolerant wife.
Kevin Vaughan is a versatile reporter and writer at The Denver Post. In 2008, he was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in feature writing. He wrote a five-part series, “The Crevasse,” which delved into the accident on Mount Rainier that took the life of Mike Price and changed Jim Davidson forever. Vaughan lives in the Denver area with his wife and three children.

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The Ledge: An Adventure Story of Friendship and Survival on Mount Rainier 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
freetoski More than 1 year ago
On the descent following the summit of Mt Rainier in 1992, seasoned climbers, Jim Davidson & Mike Price, plunged into an 80 ft crevasse, miraculously landing on a small ledge. Mike Price did not survive the fall; Jim Davidson was hurt & very much alone. The Ledge is a well-written account of what led both men to that moment in time, the extraordinary will to overcome a situation that most would not survive and the post-survival issues and emotions following such a tragic catastrophe. For climbers, the detail & description of Jim Davidson's ascent from the ledge creates an atmosphere where one can nearly feel the frigid wall of ice & the rope in your hands. But one does not need to be a climber to appreciate the tenacity, will to overcome all odds, and demonstrated loyalty & friendship found in the story. A great read - highly recommend!
Ravenslair More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this book! I was right there with him, experiencing everything that he did. What a sad experience but out of it comes a depth of humaness that does not show up in everyday normal life. Beautifully written and truthfully expressed.
Lisa Konkel More than 1 year ago
Wonderful story telling that doesnt overwhelm the reader with too much. Unlike other "adventure/survival stories," The Ledge tells this amazing story in the most effective way that could appeal to both average climbers and someime who has never been on crag.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this is a truly amazing story but only climbers can realize the extent of the climb out of the crevasse....lots of technical climbing lingo and descriptions of gear.
Anonymous 7 days ago
Amazing true story of courage, survival and friendship!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Key points at the end of the story truthfully portray life's lessons for survival of any crisis we might endure. Everyone should have at least one episode in life that you can relate to these lessons. It is within all of us to find a way to survive and move forward. Wonderful story!
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CTNooker More than 1 year ago
What an uplifting story of strength and courage...both physical and emotional. A great read!
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Raced in.
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