Beyond the Deep by William Stone
The Deadly Descent into the World's Most Treacherous Cave

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The Huautla in Mexico is the deepest cave in the Western Hemisphere, possibly the world. Shafts reach skyscraper-depths, caverns are stadium-sized, and sudden floods can drown divers in an instant. With a two-decade obsession, William Stone and his 44-member team entered the sinkhole at Sotano de San Augustin. The first camp settled 2,328 feet below ground in a cavern where headlamps couldn't even illuminate the walls and ceiling. The second camp teetered precariously above an underground canyon where two subterranean rivers collided. But beyond that lay the unknown territory -- a flooded corridor that had blocked all previous comers, claimed a diver's life, and drove the rest of the team back. Except for William Stone and Barbara am Ende, who forged on for 18 more days, with no hope of rescue, to set the record for the deepest cave dive in the Western Hemisphere.

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1792-1844 Paulsen is a veteran investigative reporter. An active caver and explorer, his previous newspaper and magazine assignments have taken him from Alaska to Africa.
Published May 14, 2010 by Grand Central Publishing. 345 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Education & Reference, Nature & Wildlife, Sports & Outdoors, Travel, Science & Math, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Here, the two tell the story of their siege on the system, describing the technical equipment they perfected for the dive—including a rebreather that forms a closed metabolic loop—and the logistical aspects of keeping cavers underground in hypothermic conditions for days at a time.

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There was expedition leader Stone, six dive team members, 35 support team participants and 5 members of the photo team.

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