By James M. Tabor
The private cave on the earth was once a prize that had remained unclaimed for hundreds of years, lengthy after some other final discovery were made: either poles via 1912, Everest in 1958, the Challenger Deep in 1961. In 1969 we even walked at the moon. And but as past due as 2000, the earth’s inner most cave—the supercave—remained undiscovered. this is often the tale of the boys and girls who risked every thing to discover it, incomes their position in background beside the likes of Peary, Amundsen, Hillary, and Armstrong.
In 2004, nice scientist-explorers are trying to discover the ground of the area. daring, heroic American invoice Stone is dedicated to the big Cheve Cave, positioned in southern Mexico and lethal even by means of supercave criteria. at the different part of the globe, mythical Ukrainian explorer Alexander Klimchouk—Stone’s polar contrary in temperament and magnificence, yet each piece his equivalent in clinical services, actual bravery, and sheer determination—has specified Krubera, a freezing nightmare of a supercave within the Republic of Georgia, the place underground risks are compounded via the horrors of separatist struggle during this former Soviet republic.
Blind Descent explores either the brightest and darkest elements of the undying human urge to discover—to be first. it's also an exciting epic a couple of pursuit that makes even severe hiking and ocean exploration light via comparability. those supercavers spent months in a number of camps virtually vertical miles deep and lots of extra miles from their caves’ exits. they'd to take care of thousand-foot drops, lethal flooded tunnels, raging whitewater rivers, titanic waterfalls, mile-long abdominal crawls, and lots more and plenty extra. even perhaps worse have been the mental horrors produced by means of weeks plunged into absolute, perpetual darkness, past all wish of rescue, together with a very insidious derangement referred to as The Rapture.
James M. Tabor used to be granted unheard of entry to logs, journals, photos, and video pictures of those expeditions, in addition to many hours of non-public interviews with surviving contributors. Blind Descent is an unforgettable addition to the vintage literature of discovery and event. it's also a testomony to human survival and endurance—and to 2 impressive males whose relentless pursuit of greatness led them to heights of triumph and depths of tragedy neither may have imagined.
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Blind Descent: The Quest to Discover the Deepest Place on Earth by James M. Tabor