By James M. Tabor
The inner most cave on the earth used to be a prize that had remained unclaimed for hundreds of years, lengthy after another final discovery were made: either poles through 1912, Everest in 1958, the Challenger Deep in 1961. In 1969 we even walked at the moon. And but as overdue as 2000, the earth’s private cave—the supercave—remained undiscovered. this is often the tale of the lads and girls who risked every little thing to discover it, incomes their position in historical past 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 devoted to the gigantic Cheve Cave, situated 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 precise Krubera, a freezing nightmare of a supercave within the Republic of Georgia, the place underground risks are compounded by way of the horrors of separatist conflict during this former Soviet republic.
Blind Descent explores either the brightest and darkest facets of the undying human urge to discover—to be first. it's also an exciting epic a few pursuit that makes even severe climbing and ocean exploration light by means of comparability. those supercavers spent months in a number of camps virtually vertical miles deep and plenty of extra miles from their caves’ exits. they'd to deal with thousand-foot drops, lethal flooded tunnels, raging whitewater rivers, tremendous waterfalls, mile-long stomach crawls, and masses extra. maybe even worse have been the mental horrors produced through 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 was once granted extraordinary entry to logs, journals, images, and video photos of those expeditions, in addition to many hours of private interviews with surviving individuals. Blind Descent is an unforgettable addition to the vintage literature of discovery and experience. it's also a testomony to human survival and endurance—and to 2 remarkable males whose relentless pursuit of greatness led them to heights of triumph and depths of tragedy neither may have imagined.
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