In episode 12 we hear from climber, resilience expert, expedition leader, and adventurer Jim Davidson. Through years of experience Jim has been able to accomplish some epic climbs including summiting Mount Everest, alongside many other notable peaks.
Jim specialises in the topic of resilience. He is now a professional speaker and distills the lessons he's learned over 20 years out on the mountain and makes them applicable to everyday life.
In this episode he tells the story of losing his best friend in a climbing accident falling into an 80 foot crevasse and what he learned from it.
We also cover what it was like to be on Mount Everest when the earthquake hit Nepal back in 2015. As well as his continued struggle to summit the worlds tallest mountain.
Jim now speaks professionally and co-authored the award winning book 'The Ledge. We discuss his journey through learning the craft of write and getting paid to speak for a living. A major transition from his previous life of a geologist.
It was fascinating to hear Jim's story and great to cover such a breadth of topics but still get into the weeds.
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The Ledge: An Inspirational Story of Friendship and Survival
PART 1 SHOW NOTES:
Cycling Alaska to Argentina trip update
Baja Divide - https://bajadivide.com/
I Shouldn’t Be Alive episode telling Jim’s story - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IGIDTosMH7o
Getting used to heights
Rapid response questions
Jim’s intro to rock climbing
The Mount Rainier climb - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YmUC6MJrrw4
An 80 feet fall into a crevasse
Mike’s tragic fall
Mountain climbing etiquette when disaster occurs
Touching The Void - http://touchingthevoid.com/
Losing his best friend at the bottom of a crevasse
Beginning the climb out of disaster
Nietzsche - He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how
What motivated you to overcome such difficult odds for survival
‘All growth will occur outside of your comfort zone’ - Jim Davidson
How much of resilience is innate?
Touching The Void book by Joe Simpson - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Touching-Void-Joe-Simpson/dp/0099771012/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1522353351&sr=8-2&keywords=touching+the+void
Post Traumatic Growth - https://ptgi.uncc.edu/what-is-ptg/
Returning to climbing after the accident