Jim Davidson, front, and Kevin Vaughan.
Colorado State University alumnus Jim Davidson and his friend Mike Price summited Mount Rainier in 1992. On the return trip, both fell an estimated 80 feet into an icy crevasse. Davidson survived that day; unfortunately, Price did not.
Davidson co-authored a book about his experiences on that fateful climb with Denver journalist Kevin Vaughan. They will be discussing The Ledge at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 12, in the Lory Student Center Theatre on campus. The event, presented as part of the Morgan Library Evening with an Author Series, is free and open to the public. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., seating is first-come, first-served, no tickets required.
The Ledge is a miraculous book of resilience and courage, “an adventure story of friendship and survival.” A national best seller that won the National Outdoor Book Award, it incorporates Price’s life and gives readers a clear insight to who he was as well as how Davidson recovered and how that day changed his life forever. Davidson, a motivational speaker based in Fort Collins, continues to climb, and recently returned from a successful expedition to Mount Everest, after having a previous climb cut short by the earthquake in 2015.
Limited free parking for the Evening with an Author is available in Lot No. 425 (accessed from Shields and Pitkin streets) and the Engineering Lot No. 310 (off Laurel and Meldrum streets). The Lory Student Center is also a short walk from either the Laurel Street or University Avenue MAX Bus Rapid Transit Service stations.
This event is sponsored by the Morgan Library, Friends of the Morgan Library, Poudre River Public Library, Poudre River Friends of the Library, The Liggett Family, KUNC, The Hilton Fort Collins and Barnes and Noble.