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The Ledge

An Inspirational Story of Friendship and Survival

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“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

Publishers Weekly Review

25 April 2011 – Davidson relates the story of the mountaineering accident that claimed his best friend, and his own 80-foot climb out of the crevasse into which the two had plunged after "summiting" Mt. Rainier. The suffering didn't stop after he was safe; "survivor's guilt" plagued him as he struggled to "survive the survival." He later found success as a motivational speaker that served as a form of catharsis; his speaking talents are evident in his emotional rendering of the fall and his excruciating, four-hour climb to safety. He traces the path that ended with the two on Mt. Rainier, quoting freely from his friend's journal and recalling his own journey to mountaineering, finding "something that nourished my soul" in the process. The buildup is sometimes tedious, but Davidson and journalist Vaughn (a reporter for the Denver Post) have crafted a modern Aristotelian tragedy.
The Ledge
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  • Category: Self Help
  • Published: 26 July 2011
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Print Length: 304 Pages
  • Language: English
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