Climber to share peak experiences at leadership conference

Jim Davidson
Jim Davidson

A Colorado man who has climbed some of the highest mountains in the world and survived an 80-foot fall into glacial crevasse will share his insights on resiliency during an upcoming leadership conference in Grand Junction.

Local business owners and executives will address other topics during the June 6 event presented by Club 20, a coalition of businesses, government entities and individuals in Western Colorado. The annual conference will focus this year on resilience in leadership.

Jim Davidson — a mountain climber, author and professional speaker — will deliver a keynote presentation titled “Rally Your Resilience.”

Davidson shares his experiences and insights as a trainer and speaker who operates Speaking of Adventure.

Davidson has climbed and led expeditions to peaks around the world. He successful climbs have included Cho Oyo in Tibet, at nearly 27,000 feet in elevation the sixth highest mountain in the world.

In 1992, Davidson survived an 80-foot fall down a glacial crevasse on Mount Rainier in Washington that killed his climbing partner. Davidson struggled for more than five hours scaling sheer ice walls to escape.

Davidson recounted the experience in a memoir he wrote with journalist Kevin Vaughan titled “The Ledge: An Adventure Story of Friendship and Survival on Mount Rainier.” The escape also was featured in an episode of  “I Shouldn’t Be Alive” broadcast on the Animal Planet cable television network.

In addition to his experiences as a climber, Davidson brings to his presentations his experiences in leading training workshops, working as an environmental consultant and running a consulting business.

Along with Davidson, the leadership conference will feature business owners and executives discussing resiliency, leadership and other topics:

Kevin Brooks, co-owner of a string of Big O Tires stores in Western Colorado, on “Resiliency in Growing Your Organization.”

Dan Chenoweth, owner of the Chenoweth & Associates business consulting firm in Grand Junction, on “Leadership Ethics and Resilience.”

Christy Whitney, executive director of the HopeWest hospice and palliative care organization based in Grand Junction, on “Leading in Good Times and Bad.”

Doug Simons, president and chief executive officer of Enstrom Candies in Grand Junction, on “Succession Planning.”

Heather Benjamin, information and communication manager for the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office, on “Getting the Word Out: Social Media Opportunities.”

 The Club 20 leadership conference is set to begin at 7:30 a.m. June 6 in the Lincoln Park hospitality suite, located at 1340 Gunnison Ave. in Grand Junction. A networking reception for the conference is set for 5:30 p.m. June 5 at Marlo’s Lounge in the Springhill Suites by Marriott at 236 Main St. Admission is $150 for Club 20 members, $165 for others. To register or obtain more information, call 242-3264 or visit the website at