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Blind Descent - The Quest to Discover the Deepest Place on Earth-logo

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

James M. Tabor

The deepest cave on earth was a prize that had remained unclaimed for centuries, long after every other ultimate discovery had been made: both poles by 1912, Everest in 1958, the Challenger Deep in 1961. In 1969 we even walked on the moon. And yet as late as 2000, the earth's deepest cave-the supercave-remained undiscovered. This is the story of the men and women who risked everything to find it, earning their place in history beside the likes of Peary, Amundsen, Hillary, and Armstrong. In 2004, two great scientist-explorers are attempting to find the bottom of the world. Bold, heroic American Bill Stone is committed to the vast Cheve Cave, located in southern Mexico and deadly even by supercave standards. On the other side of the globe, legendary Ukrainian explorer Alexander Klimchouk-Stone's polar opposite in temperament and style, but every bit his equal in scientific expertise, physical bravery, and sheer determination-has targeted Krubera, a freezing nightmare of a supercave in the Republic of Georgia, where underground dangers are compounded by the horrors of separatist war in this former Soviet republic. 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 that makes even extreme mountaineering and ocean exploration pale by comparison. These supercavers spent months in multiple camps almost two vertical miles deep and many more miles from their caves' exits. They had to contend with thousand-foot drops, deadly flooded tunnels, raging whitewater rivers, monstrous waterfalls, mile-long belly crawls, and much more. Perhaps even worse were the psychological horrors produced by weeks plunged into absolute, perpetual darkness, beyond all hope of rescue, including a particularly insidious derangement called The Rapture. James M. Tabor was granted unprecedented access to logs, journals, photographs, and video footage of these expeditions, as well as many hours of personal interviews with surviving particip

The deepest cave on earth was a prize that had remained unclaimed for centuries, long after every other ultimate discovery had been made: both poles by 1912, Everest in 1958, the Challenger Deep in 1961. In 1969 we even walked on the moon. And yet as late as 2000, the earth's deepest cave-the supercave-remained undiscovered. This is the story of the men and women who risked everything to find it, earning their place in history beside the likes of Peary, Amundsen, Hillary, and Armstrong. In 2004, two great scientist-explorers are attempting to find the bottom of the world. Bold, heroic American Bill Stone is committed to the vast Cheve Cave, located in southern Mexico and deadly even by supercave standards. On the other side of the globe, legendary Ukrainian explorer Alexander Klimchouk-Stone's polar opposite in temperament and style, but every bit his equal in scientific expertise, physical bravery, and sheer determination-has targeted Krubera, a freezing nightmare of a supercave in the Republic of Georgia, where underground dangers are compounded by the horrors of separatist war in this former Soviet republic. 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 that makes even extreme mountaineering and ocean exploration pale by comparison. These supercavers spent months in multiple camps almost two vertical miles deep and many more miles from their caves' exits. They had to contend with thousand-foot drops, deadly flooded tunnels, raging whitewater rivers, monstrous waterfalls, mile-long belly crawls, and much more. Perhaps even worse were the psychological horrors produced by weeks plunged into absolute, perpetual darkness, beyond all hope of rescue, including a particularly insidious derangement called The Rapture. James M. Tabor was granted unprecedented access to logs, journals, photographs, and video footage of these expeditions, as well as many hours of personal interviews with surviving particip
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The deepest cave on earth was a prize that had remained unclaimed for centuries, long after every other ultimate discovery had been made: both poles by 1912, Everest in 1958, the Challenger Deep in 1961. In 1969 we even walked on the moon. And yet as late as 2000, the earth's deepest cave-the supercave-remained undiscovered. This is the story of the men and women who risked everything to find it, earning their place in history beside the likes of Peary, Amundsen, Hillary, and Armstrong. In 2004, two great scientist-explorers are attempting to find the bottom of the world. Bold, heroic American Bill Stone is committed to the vast Cheve Cave, located in southern Mexico and deadly even by supercave standards. On the other side of the globe, legendary Ukrainian explorer Alexander Klimchouk-Stone's polar opposite in temperament and style, but every bit his equal in scientific expertise, physical bravery, and sheer determination-has targeted Krubera, a freezing nightmare of a supercave in the Republic of Georgia, where underground dangers are compounded by the horrors of separatist war in this former Soviet republic. 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 that makes even extreme mountaineering and ocean exploration pale by comparison. These supercavers spent months in multiple camps almost two vertical miles deep and many more miles from their caves' exits. They had to contend with thousand-foot drops, deadly flooded tunnels, raging whitewater rivers, monstrous waterfalls, mile-long belly crawls, and much more. Perhaps even worse were the psychological horrors produced by weeks plunged into absolute, perpetual darkness, beyond all hope of rescue, including a particularly insidious derangement called The Rapture. James M. Tabor was granted unprecedented access to logs, journals, photographs, and video footage of these expeditions, as well as many hours of personal interviews with surviving particip

Language:

English

Narrators:

Don Leslie

Length:

10h 1m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:17


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

08:21


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

06:37


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

06:33


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

05:41


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

05:18


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

05:12


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

06:12


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

05:17


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

05:32


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

05:20


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

05:10


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

06:56


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

05:28


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

07:21


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

07:24


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

04:42


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

04:38


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

04:35


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

05:16


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

05:56


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

06:17


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

05:49


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

04:54


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

06:18


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

07:31


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

07:27


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

08:32


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

05:05


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

05:54


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

05:18


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

05:05


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

06:05


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

05:13


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

06:05


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

07:58


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

04:36


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

04:22


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

07:08


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

06:17


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

06:22


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

06:51


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

05:21


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

06:34


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

07:23


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

05:00


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

04:42


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

08:02


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

06:37


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

06:03


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

08:58


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

06:16


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

04:59


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

04:47


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

08:07


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

04:50


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

06:10


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

06:10


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

08:35


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

04:25


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

07:53


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

04:28


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

04:54


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

06:09


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

06:44


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

05:12


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

04:28


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

05:58


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

06:26


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

06:26


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

06:37


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

05:37


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

04:58


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

05:13


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

05:11


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

05:49


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

05:42


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

05:33


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

05:03


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

06:31


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

05:15


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

05:39


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

04:56


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

04:53


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

08:24


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

06:44


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

06:47


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

05:23


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

06:18


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

08:43


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

08:27


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

07:20


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

04:38


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

04:52


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

04:53


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

05:01


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

05:19


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

05:37


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

05:00


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

08:02


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

04:17


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

00:32