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By James M. Tabor

The inner most cave in the world used to be a prize that had remained unclaimed for hundreds of years, lengthy after another final discovery were 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 lads and ladies who risked every little 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 devoted to the gigantic Cheve Cave, situated in southern Mexico and lethal even by way of supercave criteria. at the different part of the globe, mythical Ukrainian explorer Alexander Klimchouk—Stone’s polar contrary in temperament and elegance, yet each piece his equivalent in medical services, actual bravery, and sheer determination—has specific Krubera, a freezing nightmare of a supercave within the Republic of Georgia, the place underground risks are compounded through 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 exhilarating epic a couple of pursuit that makes even severe mountain climbing and ocean exploration faded by means of comparability. those supercavers spent months in a number of camps virtually vertical miles deep and lots of extra miles from their caves’ exits. that they had to take care of thousand-foot drops, lethal flooded tunnels, raging whitewater rivers, vast waterfalls, mile-long abdominal crawls, and masses extra. maybe even worse have been the mental horrors produced by way of weeks plunged into absolute, perpetual darkness, past all wish of rescue, together with a very insidious derangement known as The Rapture.

James M. Tabor used to be granted unparalleled entry to logs, journals, photos, and video pictures of those expeditions, in addition to many hours of non-public interviews with surviving members. 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 impressive males whose relentless pursuit of greatness led them to heights of triumph and depths of tragedy neither can have imagined.

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