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 Amazon.com’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.


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 nationalgeographic.com 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.
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  • Sepano

    Have you thought for a moment not to help your friend and leave him or her alone trying to survive yourself? How Challenging is helping while you are suffering yourself?

  • tamra thein

    Is you beloved friend Mikes body layed to rest in the crevasse? God bless you and his spirit that guides you.

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  • Alberto

    What did you learn from that terrible experience in 1992? Do you feel stronger towards challenges in life?

  • Alberto

    Well, I think I have learnt something by posting a question on the wrong place, haha.

  • johanes

    How do you get to the rescuers after the incident?

  • Craig Martin

    You’ve probably been asked a lot of questions about your time in the crevasse, but at what point did you decide to escape? And did you use the loss of your friend to deliver you from impending doom? Or, was it family? Both? What drove you to climb up that sheer face unscathed?

  • jim eric corpuz

    Fate and miracle, if it’s not your time then it’s really not yet.

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  • Alex

    If you could go back to that day, would you not go up to the montain, would you?

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