Alumni Spotlight: Jim Davidson '88 M.S. Geosciences

Geosciences Alumnus Living Life on The Ledge
Nationally acclaimed author, climber and international speaker Jim Davidson and his co-author Kevin Vaughan have won the National Outdoor Book Award in the category of Outdoor Literature for their book, The Ledge: An Adventure Story of Friendship and Survival on Mount Rainier.  The National Outdoor Book Award is the outdoor world’s largest and most prestigious book award program and was created to recognize and encourage outstanding writing and publishing. The Award recognized The Ledge as “storytelling at its finest.”
Davidson is an environmental geologist and Colorado State University graduate from the Warner College of Natural Resources’ Department of Geosciences in 1988. He earned his Masters of Science with his thesis titled, “Surficial Geology and Quaternary History of the Central Plains Experimental Range, Colorado.”  After graduation, he worked for 19 years as a hydrogeologist directing field projects and research teams on the investigation and remediation of petroleum spills. He founded his own environmental consulting firm and has advised major corporations, government agencies and various research groups.

During his career, Davidson has pursued his passion for adventure and mountain climbing – leading expeditions around the world and twice recognized by the National Park Service for his volunteer work and leadership in rescuing injured climbers.  He has also given his time to teach ice and rock climbing to young adventurers in Colorado.