Your Questions for a Mountain Climber & Survivor

"The Ledge: An Adventure Story of Friendship and Survival on Mount Rainier", by Jim Davidson and Kevin Vaughan, published by Ballantine Books/Random House, July 26, 2011.

Descending from the summit of Mount Rainier one day in June 1992, Jim Davidson fell through a snow bridge, dragging his climbing partner with him into a hidden 80-foot deep crevasse. Davidson’s new book The Ledge, named one of’s Best Outdoor & Nature Books for 2011, tells the dramatic story of how he witnessed his partner’s death and survived the fall, making an impossible climb up a sheer ice wall.

Jim has taken that experience, and others from his many years as an active climber and rescuer, and helps others overcome adversity in life.

Now Jim is coming to National Geographic headquarters where he will give a live presentation about his experiences and the lessons he’s drawn from them.

Jim Davison. Photo courtesy Jim Davidson.

Even if you can’t make it to Washington, D.C. for that event, you can still ask Jim your questions about climbing, surviving, and thriving in the face of adversity in a live conversation on the National Geographic Facebook page Wednesday, February 29 at 2:30pm ET (7:30pm UTC). Post your questions there or in the comments section of this blog post. Then tune in for the live interview and post more questions as the conversation develops.



Meet the Author
Andrew Howley is a longtime contributor to the National Geographic blog, with a particular focus on archaeology and paleoanthropology generally, and ancient rock art in particular. In 2018 he became Communications Director at Adventure Scientists, founded by Nat Geo Explorer Gregg Treinish. Over 11 years at the National Geographic Society, Andrew worked in various ways to share the stories of NG explorers and grantees online. He also produced the Home Page of for several years, and helped manage the Society's Facebook page during its breakout year of 2010. He studied Anthropology with a focus on Archaeology from the College of William & Mary in Virginia. He has covered expeditions with NG Explorers-in-Residence Mike Fay, Enric Sala, and Lee Berger. His personal interests include painting, running, and reading about history. You can follow him on Twitter @anderhowl and on Instagram @andrewjhowley.