• 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
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (170 ratings)

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The Next Everest

By: Jim Davidson
Narrated by: Jim Davidson,Tim Campbell
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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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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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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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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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Definitely one of my favorite mountain climbing books.

This is so well written, and moves so quickly, that I finished it way too fast.
The coverage of the 2015 earthquake was absolutely mind-boggling. The fact that he was a geologist added to the depth of his assessment. If you love and climb mountains this book is a must read! Bravo on achieving the summit of Everest in conveying those emotions to all of us in a very understandable and empathetic way.

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Excellent book

Amazingly written story that takes you along on the journey ! I felt as though I was along for the climb !

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OK, narcissistic.

as expected for this type of thing. author is rather oblivious to experience and suffering of others in that he pays lip service but no sign of real sensitivity or caring for others. he would leave you on the mountain to die if he could then go a foot higher. so he leaves a sensate reader almost angry at his selfishness. little doubt he does not recognize nor care about this
...and he made money with this book for his next climb.

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Mountains, life, and endeavors

I liked how the author weaved a coherent message about how he chooses to navigate through life, and how his quests intertwine with others integral to him, like family and friends. I like how he leaves commentary about the world that we live in, and I like how he talks about that next adventure.

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Awesome Book

I couldn’t stop listening. I really enjoyed this book and highly recommend it to all.

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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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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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  • Tim Farland
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Enjoyable

Just wanted to say how much I enjoyed Jim’s book

A clear engaging style... down to earth... and dare I say it charming

Thank you