Blind Descent

Blind Descent

The Quest to Discover the Deepest Place on Earth

Book - 2010
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'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, caving, that makes even extreme mountaineering and ocean exploration pale by comparison.
Publisher: New York : Random House, c2010
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9781400067671
Branch Call Number: 796.525 Tab
Characteristics: xv, 286 p. : ill. (chiefly col.)


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SPPL_János Mar 21, 2018

The search for the deepest-dropping cave on Earth is grippingly depicted as the "last great terrestrial discovery." Dueling expeditions to Mexico's Cheve and Huautla caves and Krubera in the Republic of Georgia boast diametrically opposite leaders: the driven, polarizing Bill Stone and collaborative, avuncular Alexander Klimchouk. The European team gets a lot less ink, and there's overlap with Stone's own book "Beyond the Deep", but Tabor vividly captures the physical and social realities of caving for an unbeatable you-are-there feel.

Apr 30, 2016

April 29 2016....I ordered the book after listening to the audio book. Just had to see some pics of this crazy, amazing story. I wasn't disappointed. Will read the book again sometime. Gotta send it back now tho, as I have too many other holds waiting for me!

Mar 02, 2011

Great book. The passion that these caver's possess is amazing. After completing the book, I actually have an urge to try caving at least once in my life, which surprises me...

The only hint I would give when reading this book, is to resist the urge to look at the real life pictures that are placed in the center of the book. If you look at these you will reveal the outcome of the book, with half a book still present to read.

debwalker Dec 07, 2010

James Tabor's meticulously researched account of deep cave exploration is a thrilling nail-biter. Make sure to read this tale of the dark world under the earth's surface with all the lights on.

iLibrarian Sep 15, 2010

Absolutely fascinating! It’s a well written and compelling history. It’s an unbiased account of two cavers who have contributed significantly to the field. I felt like I got to know the two main cavers well and their motivations for pursuing their quests. I enjoyed reading about equipment used and how some of it has evolved (Stone's invention is genius considering his limited resources). Of course, it’s the adventure that really kept me reading. Tabor’s detailed accounts of the supercave adventures provide the real intrigue. The deadly falls, hallucinations, anxiety, and close calls with death kept me reading. If you like large scale adventures like the many Everest accounts that have been written, then you’re likely to enjoy Blind Descent even more.

Sep 06, 2010

A "we" book.

Aug 11, 2010

Exhilarating! A well written, cleverly structured exposé of the extreme sport we knew the least it today!

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