Blind Descent: The Quest to Discover the Deepest Place on Earth

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Random House Publishing Group, Jun 15, 2010 - Travel - 304 pages
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In 2004, two great scientist-explorers attempted to find the bottom of the world. American Bill Stone took on the vast, deadly Cheve Cave in southern Mexico. Ukrainian Alexander Klimchouk targeted Krubera, a freezing nightmare of a supercave in the war-torn former Soviet republic of Georgia. Both men spent months almost two vertical miles deep, contending with thousand-foot drops, raging whitewater rivers, monstrous waterfalls, mile-long belly crawls, and the psychological horrors produced by weeks in absolute darkness, beyond all hope of rescue. Based on his unprecedented access to logs and journals as well as hours of personal interviews, James Tabor has crafted a thrilling exploration of man’s timeless urge to discover—and of two extraordinary men whose pursuit of greatness led them to the heights of triumph and the depths of tragedy. Blind Descent is an unforgettable addition to the classic literature of true-life adventure, and a testament to human survival and endurance.

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User Review  - akl168 - LibraryThing

Having caved before, I was quite interested in this book. The book is well researched, and the writing had good pace. One felt compelled to turn the pages, well done - this being a non fiction book ... Read full review

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User Review  - JohnHastie - LibraryThing

Strong narrative non-fiction a la SHADOW DIVERS that follows the exploits of the world's top two "supercavers"... the folks who risk, life, limb, and reputation to find the deepest caves. The dangers ... Read full review


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James M. Tabor’s last book was the international award-winning Forever on the Mountain: The Truth Behind One of Mountaineering’s Most Controversial and Mysterious Disasters. The writer and on-camera host of the acclaimed national PBS series The Great Outdoors, Tabor was also co-creator and executive producer for the 2007 History Channel special Journey to the Center of the World. Tabor is a former contributing editor to Outside magazine and Ski Magazine; his writing has also appeared in Time, Smithsonian, Barron’s, U.S. News & World Report, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and many other national publications. 

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