By James M. Tabor
The private cave in the world was once a prize that had remained unclaimed for hundreds of years, lengthy after some other final discovery have been made: either poles by way of 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 private cave—the supercave—remained undiscovered. this can be the tale of the boys and ladies who risked every little thing to discover it, incomes their position in heritage beside the likes of Peary, Amundsen, Hillary, and Armstrong.
In 2004, nice scientist-explorers are trying to discover the ground of the realm. daring, heroic American invoice Stone is devoted to the monstrous Cheve Cave, situated in southern Mexico and lethal even through supercave criteria. at the different facet of the globe, mythical Ukrainian explorer Alexander Klimchouk—Stone’s polar contrary in temperament and elegance, yet every piece his equivalent in clinical services, actual bravery, and sheer determination—has distinctive Krubera, a freezing nightmare of a supercave within the Republic of Georgia, the place underground hazards are compounded by means of the horrors of separatist struggle during this former Soviet republic.
Blind Descent explores either the brightest and darkest features of the undying human urge to discover—to be first. it's also an exciting epic a few pursuit that makes even severe hiking and ocean exploration light by means of comparability. those supercavers spent months in a number of camps nearly vertical miles deep and lots of extra miles from their caves’ exits. they'd to deal with thousand-foot drops, lethal flooded tunnels, raging whitewater rivers, immense waterfalls, mile-long stomach crawls, and lots more and plenty extra. maybe even worse have been the mental horrors produced by means of weeks plunged into absolute, perpetual darkness, past all desire of rescue, together with a very insidious derangement referred to as The Rapture.
James M. Tabor was once granted unheard of entry to logs, journals, pictures, and video photos 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 notable males whose relentless pursuit of greatness led them to heights of triumph and depths of tragedy neither can have imagined.
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