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Blind Descent: The Quest to Discover the Deepest Place on Earth - James M. Tabor
Blind Descent: The Quest to Discover the Deepest Place on Earth
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The deepest cave on earth was a prize that had remained unclaimed for centuries, long after every other ultimate discovery had been made: both poles by 1912, Everest in 1958, the Challenger Deep in 1961. In 1969 we even walked on the moon. And yet as late as 2000, the earth’s deepest cave—the... show more
The deepest cave on earth was a prize that had remained unclaimed for centuries, long after every other ultimate discovery had been made: both poles by 1912, Everest in 1958, the Challenger Deep in 1961. In 1969 we even walked on the moon. And yet as late as 2000, the earth’s deepest cave—the supercave—remained undiscovered. This is the story of the men and women who risked everything to find it, earning their place in history beside the likes of Peary, Amundsen, Hillary, and Armstrong. In 2004, two great scientist-explorers are attempting to find the bottom of the world. Bold, heroic American Bill Stone is committed to the vast Cheve Cave, located in southern Mexico and deadly even by supercave standards. On the other side of the globe, legendary Ukrainian explorer Alexander Klimchouk—Stone’s polar opposite in temperament and style, but every bit his equal in scientific expertise, physical bravery, and sheer determination—has targeted Krubera, a freezing nightmare of a supercave in the Republic of Georgia, where underground dangers are compounded by the horrors of separatist war in this former Soviet republic.Blind Descent explores both the brightest and darkest aspects of the timeless human urge to discover—to be first. It is also a thrilling epic about a pursuit that makes even extreme mountaineering and ocean exploration pale by comparison. These supercavers spent months in multiple camps almost two vertical miles deep and many more miles from their caves’ exits. They had to contend with thousand-foot drops, deadly flooded tunnels, raging whitewater rivers, monstrous waterfalls, mile-long belly crawls, and much more. Perhaps even worse were the psychological horrors produced by weeks plunged into absolute, perpetual darkness, beyond all hope of rescue, including a particularly insidious derangement called The Rapture. James M. Tabor was granted unprecedented access to logs, journals, photographs, and video footage of these expeditions, as well as many hours of personal interviews with surviving participants. Blind Descent is an unforgettable addition to the classic literature of discovery and adventure. It is also a testament to human survival and endurance—and to two extraordinary men whose relentless pursuit of greatness led them to heights of triumph and depths of tragedy neither could have imagined.Includes a 16-pg full-color insert
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9781400067671 (1400067677)
Publisher: Random House, Inc.
Pages no: 286
Edition language: English
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EricCWelch
EricCWelch rated it
Hard to compete with Jason's review, so go read that one at http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/113194697. He's dead on about everything, especially the photographs which are astounding.I remain astonished at the things people will do. This has to be far worse than climbing mountains, because you ...
It's Just, Like, My Opinion, Man.
It's Just, Like, My Opinion, Man. rated it
2.0 Blind Descent: The Quest to Discover the Deepest Place on Earth
An interesting subject nearly ruined by the writer's hyberbolic style. There was never a 'race' to find the world's deepest cave; what there was was a dedicated Ukrainian caving society exploring the world's deepest cave, and an intrepid megalomaniacal american caver trying to establish a mexican c...
brandonsears
brandonsears rated it
3.0 Blind Descent: The Quest to Discover the Deepest Place on Earth
..But cave explorers like Vesley and Farr could not see the route and so could not anticipate the dangers, a partial list of which includes drowning, fatal falls, premature burial, asphyxiation, hypothermia, hurricane-force winds, electrocution, earthquake-induced collapses, poison gases and walls d...
pam
pam rated it
3.0 Blind Descent: The Quest to Discover the Deepest Place on Earth
This was just OK. It was full of some very interesting information about caves and cavers. I did not care for the way it was written, however. It was presented like a very poorly done documentary.
Marvin's Bookish Blog
Marvin's Bookish Blog rated it
4.0
I've always been fascinated with caves. As a child, I would beg my parents to take me to every commercial cave withing 20 miles of our travel route, much to the despair of my claustrophobic mother. I read the few layman books on spelunking that were available at the time. I even managed to go on a f...
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