I almost didn’t blog this book, but it’s just too bloomin’ good. It does have a substantial amount of diving in it. Cave diving. Really deep cave diving. There are no casual sunburned tourists here. This is the real deal.
Who would imagine that there are explorers willing to put their lives and fortunes on the line to discover the deepest place on earth? The combination of extreme spelunking and cave diving requires not only technical skills, determination, and fitness, but expertise at expedition organization and fundraising. And when the equipment is inadequate for the task…..design your own. OK, design your own rebreather. It’s hard to imagine packing it all into one lifetime. It’s hard to imagine packing tons of gear deep underground and then pulling it back out. James Tabor takes the reader right along with Bill Stone and Andi Hunter exploring Cheve Cave in the state of Oaxaca in southern Mexico and Alexander Klimchouk, Grennadiy Samokhin and Ekaterina Medvedeva in Krubera Cave in the Abkhazia region of the Republic of Georgia. These people are our contemporaries and they are legends. They have earned the title and the respect.
The page after the dedication contains two quotes:
- Welcome to the world of the deep — where the strangest things are the people you meet.
Hazel Barton, microbiologist and cave explorer
- There is nothing more powerful than this attraction towards an abyss.
Jules Verne, Journey to the center of the Earth