“This well-plotted survival tale about climbing partners and a deadly fall into a crevasse will certainly slake your 127 Hours craving, but it is a unique book on its own, avoiding the thumping cliches of the ‘rock climbing is dangerous’ genre.”
— NPR raves about The Ledge: An Adventure Story of Friendship and Survival on Mount Rainier
Thanks for stopping by kevinvaughan.net — my virtual home. I hope you explore a bit — there’s all kinds of stuff to see — and that you find the visit an enjoyable one.
I’m still learning about what goes into a workable website, but I want this to be a place where we can talk about storytelling, both the process and specific projects, such as The Ledge: An Adventure Story of Friendship and Survival on Mount Rainier that I co-authored with Fort Collins, Colorado, climber Jim Davidson. It was published by Ballantine Books, a division of Random House, and is available at fine booksellers everywhere. It’s been released in Italy with a new title (Il Cerchio Bianco) and is now in its sixth printing in paperback. I also want it to be a place to discuss my projects for 9NEWS, Denver’s top television station, where I am an investigative reporter.
I know from a quarter century of practice that writing can be an exasperating thing. The great sportswriter Red Smith has been quoted as saying: “There’s nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and open a vein.”
But there’s also nothing quite like the written word — or the translation of it to the computer screen or to television.
I plan to point out work that I think is noteworthy — particularly narrative newspaper and magazine writing as well as storytelling that harnesses the power of television — and lead an ongoing discussion about applying the craft across a variety of platforms. I hope it will be a place where I can shed some light on this crazy thing we call writing, this thing which drives so many of us nuts for hours or days on end but which is also exciting, challenging and — when the words are flowing — even a little bit like fun.
And I think it will be a place where I can learn something from the people who stop by.
Stay as long as you’d like. Click around — you’ll find details on the book, on my 9NEWS projects, and even on my cramped, cluttered home office, where I write by the light of a desk lamp with a green shade.