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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A modern Aristotelian tragedy.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “The Ledge is a moving portrait of friendship and loss.”

    Wall Street Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Lauren | 10/17/2011

    " A good (true) adventure story. A bit too technical at times for me as a non-climber, but descriptive enough that I could get the jist. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Susan | 10/4/2011

    " unbelievable story of endurance, faith, strength and will. amazing "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Chris | 9/29/2011

    " I love books about mountain climbing and survival "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Dean | 9/13/2011

    " An great read about adversity, friendship, loss, gain, love and personal strength. "

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About the Author

Jim Davidson is coauthor with Kevin Vaughan of The Ledge which was one of Amazon’s Best Books of 2011, winner of the National Outdoor Book Award in Outdoor Literature (2012), and finalist at the Banff Mountain Book Competition in Canada. This amazing survival story is also featured in the “Killer Crevasse” episode of the television show I Shouldn’t Be Alive. Jim is a climber and international speaker who shares lessons distilled from a lifetime of mountain adventures. He has scaled peaks across the United States and been on high-altitude expeditions to Alaska, Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador, Mexico, Nepal, and Tibet. Jim has summited the sixth highest peak in the world, Cho Oyu at 26,906 feet. He has volunteered for several difficult mountain rescues, for which the National Park Service has commended him and his teammates twice. As a mountain climber and expedition leader for thirty years, Jim is an expert in resilience. Prior to being a professional speaker and adventure writer, Jim worked as an environmental geologist for twenty-two years.