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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 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 eighty-one years and killed about 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 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 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.


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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 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 eighty-one years and killed about 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 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 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.

30 review for The Next Everest: Surviving the Mountain's Deadliest Day and Finding the Resilience to Climb Again

  1. 4 out of 5

    Brandon

    Having trained his whole life to tackle Mount Everest, on April 15th, 2015 veteran climber Jim Davidson found himself on the mountain when a 7.8 magnitude earthquake would strike resulting in the deadliest day in its history.  Escaping intact, Jim would spend the next two years wondering if his dream was over.  Could he make another attempt?  Was his age catching up with him?  To even consider attempting the mountain a second time is a monumental task - especially having luckily escaped its dead Having trained his whole life to tackle Mount Everest, on April 15th, 2015 veteran climber Jim Davidson found himself on the mountain when a 7.8 magnitude earthquake would strike resulting in the deadliest day in its history.  Escaping intact, Jim would spend the next two years wondering if his dream was over.  Could he make another attempt?  Was his age catching up with him?  To even consider attempting the mountain a second time is a monumental task - especially having luckily escaped its deadliest day.  Davidson struggled with the decision of whether or not to return to Everest.  It wasn’t easy.  But when you were on the cusp of a dream, it’s sometimes harder to let it slip through your fingers than to try again. I love a good adventure story.  It’s no secret that I enjoy reading about folks traveling to remote and uninhabitable locations – I mean, I think I’ve read half a dozen books about Arctic exploration alone.  When I saw this one up for review on Netgalley, it immediately grabbed my attention.  Having read what many consider the definitive Everest book in Jon Krakauer’s Into Thin Air a few years ago, I wondered if Davidson’s account would provide me with something new or would it simply be a re-tread of familiar territory? Davidson’s story is a different one.  While both books deal with disasters taking place on Everest (Krakauer’s being a storm), Davidson’s is also tied to his personal history and his seemingly endless tank of resilience when faced with challenges.  Being on Everest while an earthquake struck isn’t the only setback he experienced while mountaineering over the years.  I won’t spoil it, but Davidson has a wealth of experience of finding the courage to get back up when life knocks you down. I came away from this book feeling inspired, to say the least.  Considering Davidson is a keynote motivational speaker, this perfectly fits the bill.  Normally, I enjoy reading before I go to bed and it’s not often that a book will keep me up late when I’m actually hoping that it will tire out my eyes.  The Next Everest did indeed keep me up past my bedtime as I just had to know what happened next.  The mark of a true page turner.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Literary Redhead

    “Mountaineering is a form of moving meditation.” — Jim Davidson THE NEXT EVEREST is a harrowing true story of how climber Davidson survived a 7.8 magnitude earthquake that set off avalanches across the world’s highest peak. It was April 25, 2015, Everest’s worst disaster. Davidson’s evocative descriptions made me feel I was right beside him, taking one step on perilous ice, then a breath, another step, then another breath, heart racing to three times normal. I recalled climbing the highest point “Mountaineering is a form of moving meditation.” — Jim Davidson THE NEXT EVEREST is a harrowing true story of how climber Davidson survived a 7.8 magnitude earthquake that set off avalanches across the world’s highest peak. It was April 25, 2015, Everest’s worst disaster. Davidson’s evocative descriptions made me feel I was right beside him, taking one step on perilous ice, then a breath, another step, then another breath, heart racing to three times normal. I recalled climbing the highest point on the Continental Divide, the 14,278-foot Grays Peak in Colorado. Incredibly fit, I still found myself frighteningly breathless. It was summer without ice, just a long steady hike to heaven. I understand why climbers climb. Yet only the most courageous of them climb Everest. And on that fateful day, disaster trumpeted its arrival, startling Jim from sleep: “Ice dust thickened the air. When I inhaled, frozen sludge choked my windpipe. I gagged and gasped hard, which sent even more ice daggers down my throat. They scratched and burned and chilled my airway.” Miraculously, Jim and his team survived and were helicoptered off the mountain two days later, deeply shaken. It took two more years before Jim healed enough psychologically to consider trying again. In 2017, he mounted Everest’s summit. Why do climbers put themselves at such risk? How could Jim even think about doing Everest again? The questions are eloquently answered in this thrilling memoir that kept me up into the wee smalls. Most highly recommended! 5 of 5 Stars Pub Date 20 Apr 2021 #TheNextEverest #NetGalley Thanks to Jim, St. Martin's Press, and NetGalley for the review copy. Opinions are mine.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Toni Osborne

    Surviving the Mountain’s Deadliest day and Finding the Resilience to Climb Again What a stunning true story of adventure, disaster and resilience. Jim Davidson, a high altitude climber shares gripping adventures from summiting Mount Everest, surviving earthquakes, avalanches and escaping alone from deep glacial crevasse. In April 2015, Jim Davidson was climbing Mount Everest when a 7.8 earthquake struck Nepal. He was stranded above base camp for 40 hours before he was brought to safety but import Surviving the Mountain’s Deadliest day and Finding the Resilience to Climb Again What a stunning true story of adventure, disaster and resilience. Jim Davidson, a high altitude climber shares gripping adventures from summiting Mount Everest, surviving earthquakes, avalanches and escaping alone from deep glacial crevasse. In April 2015, Jim Davidson was climbing Mount Everest when a 7.8 earthquake struck Nepal. He was stranded above base camp for 40 hours before he was brought to safety but important to him was getting back to base camp and help people get to safety and trying to rebuild. This disaster ended his first attempt to reach the summit. He finally achieved his dream with an estimate of 60 other climbers when he returned two years later. M. Davidson describes in details his 36 years of climbing experiences and the physical and mental preparation one needs to do. Three keys points he tells us: more training than you have ever done in your life, increase the difficulty and be discipline enough to keep up with it and hit it harder the next time. “The Next Everest” is said in the first person narrative. Step by step M. Davidson tells us his next move in words filled with emotions. When he describes the tremors and aftershocks, the avalanche and the rumbling noises you can feel in his words how scared he was but in crisis he stayed cool and calmly acted decisively to make things better and safer for everyone. A lot is said in this book, I would say even too much at times such is a lengthy description of human poop...yes even that detailed, although he did tell us to make a point. Every word is vividly said as he describes his ascends and descends in order to reach the summit of the highest peak in the world. The 2015 tragic incident was well publicized around the word. I remember it so well. In a few words: This is a poignant account that captures the true essence of Mount Everest and the resilience of the human spirit. I will let you discover this gem of a book and the treasures it hides.... My thanks to St.Martin’s Press and Netgalley for the opportunity to read this ARC: this is the way I see it.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Robin Hagemeyer

    Many thanks to #Netgalley for my advance copy. This book was amazing. It was so engaging and suspenseful that I could not put it down. The writing was descriptive and thoughtful, covering experiences from childhood, the 2015 Everest earthquake and the 2017 Everest expedition. There were so many times I found myself holding my breath as I read. It was that good! Plus, I learned a fair bit about Mount Everest, Nepal and mountaineering which was all new to me. I highly recommend this to anyone seek Many thanks to #Netgalley for my advance copy. This book was amazing. It was so engaging and suspenseful that I could not put it down. The writing was descriptive and thoughtful, covering experiences from childhood, the 2015 Everest earthquake and the 2017 Everest expedition. There were so many times I found myself holding my breath as I read. It was that good! Plus, I learned a fair bit about Mount Everest, Nepal and mountaineering which was all new to me. I highly recommend this to anyone seeking motivation, inspiration or just a fantastic story!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Marsha

    A tense page-turner that will appeal to readers who love true life adventures and stories of survival. Fans of Krakauer will eat this up.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Janet

    Date reviewed: October 22, 2020 When life for the entire universe and planet turns on its end and like everyone else you "have nothing to do" while your place of work is once again closed and you are continuing to be in #COVID19 #socialisolation as the #secondwave is upon us, superspeed readers like me can read 300+ pages/hour, so yes, I have read the book … and many more today. I requested and received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley, the publisher and the aut Date reviewed: October 22, 2020 When life for the entire universe and planet turns on its end and like everyone else you "have nothing to do" while your place of work is once again closed and you are continuing to be in #COVID19 #socialisolation as the #secondwave is upon us, superspeed readers like me can read 300+ pages/hour, so yes, I have read the book … and many more today. I requested and received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley, the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸. A dramatic account of the deadly avalanche 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 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 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 prepares anyone to face their next “Everest” in life. I always remember the episode of "Friends" where Joey and Chandler decided that they won't climb Everest because it costs, like $60,000 (in the 90s!) ...no mention of the fact that the only thing that they climb is stairs to the apartment, usually with sandwiches or pizza in hand. That is not what this book is about - I just like to digress. This book is very well written and described the trek to the top of the world in a fascinating matter and he managed to make it into an inspirational book about tacking what needs to be climbed in your life, physically or metaphorically. Even the part about geology and environmental science was fascinating and I am probably the most non-scientific person in my family! AN utterly engrossing and fascinating read - very inspirational! As always, I try to find a reason to not rate with stars as I simply adore emojis (outside of their incessant use by "🙏-ed Social Influencer Millennials/#BachelorNation survivors/Tik-Tok and YouTube Millionaires/snowflakes etc. " on Instagram and Twitter... Get a real job, people!) so let's give it 🏔 🏔 🏔 🏔 🏔

  7. 5 out of 5

    Mandy Hazen

    What a freaking page turner. To try to make the Everest summit and to not make it due to a earthquake that almost takes your life. And to lose friends and family. And then to go back and try again. This book is full of heartbreak, love, and hope. Don’t get me wrong I will never attempt this. But it gives me the faith we can all succeed in everything we try if we believe. I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Donna Boyd

    Thank you to #NetGalley, the author, and the publisher for providing me with a digital copy of this book prior to publication. The Next Everest: Surviving the Mountain's Deadliest Day and Finding the Resilience to Climb Again by Jim Davidson is the incredible memoir of his two attempts at Mount Everest. It s a very suspenseful well written book that will leave you on the edge of your chair as the climbers attempt to cross huge crevasses while making their way across ladders tied together across Thank you to #NetGalley, the author, and the publisher for providing me with a digital copy of this book prior to publication. The Next Everest: Surviving the Mountain's Deadliest Day and Finding the Resilience to Climb Again by Jim Davidson is the incredible memoir of his two attempts at Mount Everest. It s a very suspenseful well written book that will leave you on the edge of your chair as the climbers attempt to cross huge crevasses while making their way across ladders tied together across the gap. He includes lots of details and you will learn a great deal about the what it is like to attempt a climb like this. Davidson was at Everest at Camp One when the largest earthquake ever to hit Nepal killed almost 9,000 people, including 18 people on Everest. Davidson and his team were stranded on the mountain for two days before a helicopter could rescue them and he vowed to go back and try Everest again. He went back in 2017. You will have to read the book to find out if he was successful but this book is not just about reaching the summit of Everest it is also about facing and overcoming challenges in your own life. I highly recommend this book.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Patrick Pilz

    Thank you #NetGalley for the ARC. One criteria of greatness of non-fiction books is, how relatable they are. Jim Davidson is about my age (mid 50s), and enjoys these man vs. nature challenges. This story is probably the most daring and challenging one of his life, though he may had tougher ones. This is an enjoyable memoir, which focusses on the events between 2015 and 2017, between the Earthquake that rattled the region to his final attempt to conquer Mount Everest, Jim Davidson writes his story Thank you #NetGalley for the ARC. One criteria of greatness of non-fiction books is, how relatable they are. Jim Davidson is about my age (mid 50s), and enjoys these man vs. nature challenges. This story is probably the most daring and challenging one of his life, though he may had tougher ones. This is an enjoyable memoir, which focusses on the events between 2015 and 2017, between the Earthquake that rattled the region to his final attempt to conquer Mount Everest, Jim Davidson writes his story in a very approachable way. You can feel his emotions throughout the story and it is a very readable and adventurous. Very relatable.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Katelyn

    4.5 stars. Incredible memoir of Davidson's two Mount Everest attempts as well as some of his other past climbing trips. I couldn't put this down. I read at night and I'd put it down to go to sleep and realize I was filled with adrenaline, my mind racing. Davidson went to Everest in 2015 when there was a major earthquake while he was on Camp One and everyone had to evacuate the mountain. He went again in 2017. Davidson talks about resiliency and the experiences that have made him who he is. I fou 4.5 stars. Incredible memoir of Davidson's two Mount Everest attempts as well as some of his other past climbing trips. I couldn't put this down. I read at night and I'd put it down to go to sleep and realize I was filled with adrenaline, my mind racing. Davidson went to Everest in 2015 when there was a major earthquake while he was on Camp One and everyone had to evacuate the mountain. He went again in 2017. Davidson talks about resiliency and the experiences that have made him who he is. I found myself excitedly sharing details with all of my friends. Very readable. Highly recommended. Great for fans of Krakauer's "Into Thin Air".

  11. 5 out of 5

    Lissa

    For someone who has never climbed a mountain, I read a ton of mountain climbing memoirs. It is the surest sign of armchair travel, and a really good one can make you feel the cold winds of mountain peaks. And this is definitely a good one. Jim Davidson has been climbing mountain since he was a young man, with the eventual goal of the biggest one. He finally gets a chance to climb Everest in 2015 but that was the year a tragic and deadly earthquake hit Nepal, killing 19 climbers and many more Nep For someone who has never climbed a mountain, I read a ton of mountain climbing memoirs. It is the surest sign of armchair travel, and a really good one can make you feel the cold winds of mountain peaks. And this is definitely a good one. Jim Davidson has been climbing mountain since he was a young man, with the eventual goal of the biggest one. He finally gets a chance to climb Everest in 2015 but that was the year a tragic and deadly earthquake hit Nepal, killing 19 climbers and many more Nepalis. He went home sad, shaken and not sure if he would ever go back. He did go back two years later and did end up reaching the summit. This book details both expeditions and the whole climbing life. It also talks about what it means to find that next goal and to persevere past fear and trauma and loss. I thought this was a fascinating read and probably ranks near the top of the Everest memoirs that I have read. I received a digital ARC of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Lee Husemann

    Exciting and terrifying comes to mind when reading this book. I enjoyed this memoir of Jim Davidson's on his first attempt in April of 2015 to summit Mt. Everest and the 7.8 earthquake that aborted the attempt. He trains hard and returns to Mr. Everest in 2017 to accomplish this. I am afraid of heights and this book was difficult for me to read in parts. I loved all the geologic and environmental science information that the author was able to provide regarding the earthquake and climbing Mt. Ev Exciting and terrifying comes to mind when reading this book. I enjoyed this memoir of Jim Davidson's on his first attempt in April of 2015 to summit Mt. Everest and the 7.8 earthquake that aborted the attempt. He trains hard and returns to Mr. Everest in 2017 to accomplish this. I am afraid of heights and this book was difficult for me to read in parts. I loved all the geologic and environmental science information that the author was able to provide regarding the earthquake and climbing Mt. Everest. Thank you NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for the ARC of this fascinating read in exchange for an honest review.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Stuti Shah

    Thank you Netgalley and St. Martin Press for this ARC but all opinions are my own. I really enjoyed this book. It kept me at the edge of my seat and the writing kept me wanting more. This book is about Davidson's account of his climb of Everest during an earthquake in April 2015. The details of his climb and what occurred during that trip make you feel like you were there with him. What amazed me even more was that he went back in 2017 to climb Everest again. If you are a fan of outdoor adventur Thank you Netgalley and St. Martin Press for this ARC but all opinions are my own. I really enjoyed this book. It kept me at the edge of my seat and the writing kept me wanting more. This book is about Davidson's account of his climb of Everest during an earthquake in April 2015. The details of his climb and what occurred during that trip make you feel like you were there with him. What amazed me even more was that he went back in 2017 to climb Everest again. If you are a fan of outdoor adventures this book is for you!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Mia Pia (mia.pia.reads IG)

    Inspiring and terrifying. Imagine what kind of resilience it takes to go through such a traumatic experience and to go back!! Absolutely amazing human! This is a wild ride full of all the feels.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    This was the true story of Jim Davidson's two attempts to summit Mt. Everest. His first attempt, in 2015, was cut short when a huge earthquake caused much damage and many deaths throughout the area. He and his team were stranded for two days at Camp One after the earthquake and avalanches hit, until they were eventually helicoptered out. Not long after going back home to Colorado, he decided he wanted to try Everest again. He trained hard for two years then went back in 2017. There was a lot of This was the true story of Jim Davidson's two attempts to summit Mt. Everest. His first attempt, in 2015, was cut short when a huge earthquake caused much damage and many deaths throughout the area. He and his team were stranded for two days at Camp One after the earthquake and avalanches hit, until they were eventually helicoptered out. Not long after going back home to Colorado, he decided he wanted to try Everest again. He trained hard for two years then went back in 2017. There was a lot of description of both the process of climbing and the area around Nepal, and it was very interesting. Even though I knew the eventual outcome, I was so nervous while reading about his final push to the top - it was very suspenseful. Thank-you to Netgalley, the publisher, and the author for an ARC of this book.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    Davidson’s second mountaineering memoir takes us to Mount Everest, first in 2015, then again in 2017. When a devastating earthquake hit Nepal in 2015, Jim was at Camp One and all summit attempts were halted after the deadliest day on the mountain. Everyone at Camps One and Two survived despite nearby avalanches. It was Base Camp that suffered an astonishing 18 casualties. As a geologist, Davidson had a unique authority for reading the debris field left by the avalanche that was triggered from th Davidson’s second mountaineering memoir takes us to Mount Everest, first in 2015, then again in 2017. When a devastating earthquake hit Nepal in 2015, Jim was at Camp One and all summit attempts were halted after the deadliest day on the mountain. Everyone at Camps One and Two survived despite nearby avalanches. It was Base Camp that suffered an astonishing 18 casualties. As a geologist, Davidson had a unique authority for reading the debris field left by the avalanche that was triggered from the earthquake. “All the terrible geological pieces fit together. The earthquake, the collapsing wall, the slope, the notch, and basecamp’s position had all been in tragic alignment. Together they had focused the avalanche force, amplified it, and shot it right into camp.” The first half of the book documents Jim’s observations of the aftermath on the mountain. It seemed his quest to summit Everest was over. When he returned home, he monitored the climbing season of the following year, and after those successes, he decided he would attempt Everest again in 2017. There’s a few chapters that are preparation and training montages, but I appreciated one particular remark: “Young people often have time and energy, but no money. Middle age usually provides energy and money, but no time. And for the lucky ones who make it to old age, many have time and money, but no energy.” David also offers some commentary about the state of the mountain’s health. Everest is not as garbage and waste-strewn as it once was, and Jim even provides his own calculations for how much poop is on the mountain. The latter half of the book details Davidson’s 2017 trip. It’s a fascinating first-hand account of overcoming previous trauma to achieve one of the most physically demanding feats on the planet. There’s a reason he uses the word “resilience” so often, and he makes you feel the effort it takes just to put one foot in front of the other. I enjoyed living vicariously through Davidson’s experience. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Becca Murray

    Since the tender age of 10, after seeing the 1998 Everest Imax documentary, I have been captivated by Chomolungma - Goddess Mother of the World. In the preceding years, I have perused the numerous articles, documentaries, and books about those who brave mother nature and attempt to summit the mountain. Jim Davidson magnificently captures the natural risks of the summit while always maintaining the wonder and drive that pushes mountaineers to conquer the next summit. Davidson weaves his years of Since the tender age of 10, after seeing the 1998 Everest Imax documentary, I have been captivated by Chomolungma - Goddess Mother of the World. In the preceding years, I have perused the numerous articles, documentaries, and books about those who brave mother nature and attempt to summit the mountain. Jim Davidson magnificently captures the natural risks of the summit while always maintaining the wonder and drive that pushes mountaineers to conquer the next summit. Davidson weaves his years of climbing with pieces of his adolescence for an incredible tale that focuses less on the 2015 earthquake and avalanche that decimated base camp (and left him stranded at Camp 1 for several days) and more on the inherent challenge that comes from attempting Everest for the second time. At times, the story meanders a bit too much into the esoteric musings of mountaineering, but it makes up for those moments for an incredibly detailed account of summiting the mountain. It truly feels as though you are walking through the death zone with Davidson and I found myself tearing up when he successfully summited and made it down the mountain. It was clear that Davidson has a deep respect for his hobby and the nations that he travels to when climbing. Absolutely a must read for any adventure readers! Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for the ARC of this book in return for an honest review.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Tina

    It was difficult to rate this book because I felt as though I read two different stories. To be honest, the best part of this book is the front. About halfway through, when the book suddenly shifts gear, it starts dragging. It feels like the author started off strong only to slow down toward the middle/end. Also, the author does a back and forth thing, from his.past to the present which was a tad annoying. This is a method in writing that I dislike as it gets confusing and at times boring. Descrip It was difficult to rate this book because I felt as though I read two different stories. To be honest, the best part of this book is the front. About halfway through, when the book suddenly shifts gear, it starts dragging. It feels like the author started off strong only to slow down toward the middle/end. Also, the author does a back and forth thing, from his.past to the present which was a tad annoying. This is a method in writing that I dislike as it gets confusing and at times boring. Descriptions.of being on Everest are vivid and the author gives us a very detailed and entertaining look at Mt Everest and just how dangerous climbing is. I just recently discovered how much I enjoy books on climbing, even though I would never do it myself. So...4 stars for the front part and 3 stars for the rest = 3.5 stars.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Vicki Thornton

    I was left with a question about why the guide kept trying to talk Jim out of going to the summit repeatedly his last trip Other wise was a great book. An adventure I don't have to try myself and no hard feelings about that. I was left with a question about why the guide kept trying to talk Jim out of going to the summit repeatedly his last trip Other wise was a great book. An adventure I don't have to try myself and no hard feelings about that.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Shelly

    I still want to at least climb to the Everest Base Camp some day...or, if that never happens; at least see Everest in person. I love reading anything that has to do with the mountain.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Tfalcone

    Thank you Net Galley for the free ARC. Description of the deadly earthquake that sent an avalanche roaring through base camp in 2015 and the return of the author a year later for his summit attempt.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Bry Johnson

  23. 4 out of 5

    Gloria Davidson

  24. 5 out of 5

    Leire Rogel

  25. 4 out of 5

    Beth Elliott

  26. 4 out of 5

    George Witte

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jess Davidson

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jav Javprocc123

  29. 5 out of 5

    jennet wheatstonelllsl

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jordan Brugess

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