Blind Descent by James M. Tabor
The Quest to Discover the Deepest Place on Earth

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In 2004, two great scientist-explorers attempted to find the bottom of the world. American Bill Stone took on the vast, deadly Cheve Cave in southern Mexico. Ukrainian Alexander Klimchouk targeted Krubera, a freezing nightmare of a supercave in the war-torn former Soviet republic of Georgia. Both men spent months almost two vertical miles deep, contending with thousand-foot drops, raging whitewater rivers, monstrous waterfalls, mile-long belly crawls, and the psychological horrors produced by weeks in absolute darkness, beyond all hope of rescue. Based on his unprecedented access to logs and journals as well as hours of personal interviews, James Tabor has crafted a thrilling exploration of man’s timeless urge to discover—and of two extraordinary men whose pursuit of greatness led them to the heights of triumph and the depths of tragedy. Blind Descent is an unforgettable addition to the classic literature of true-life adventure, and a testament to human survival and endurance.

Includes a photo insert.


About James M. Tabor

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James M. Tabor is the nationally bestselling author of Blind Descent and Forever on the Mountain and a winner of the O. Henry Award for short fiction. A former Washington, D.C., police officer and a lifelong adventure enthusiast, Tabor has written for Time, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and Outside magazine, where he was a contributing editor. He wrote and hosted the PBS series The Great Outdoors and was co-creator and executive producer of the History Channel's Journey to the Center of the World. He lives in Vermont, where he is at work on his next novel.
Published June 9, 2010 by Random House. 304 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Sports & Outdoors, Travel, Action & Adventure, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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The author examines the two polar opposites at the head of each of two major cave-diving expeditions: the win-at-all-costs, classic alpha-male, American Bill Stone, who led Mexican cave dives in Cheve and Huatula;

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A Ukrainian hydrogeologist who began his caving education in the Soviet Union, Klimchouk is the calm, no-drama counterweight to Stone, whom the author diagnoses as having a case of "extreme impatience driven by a maddening sense of urgency" and whose expeditions in the Mexican caves Huautla and C...

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Christian Science Monitor

On K2, the second-highest mountain in the world, a cairn stands in memory of those who drew their last breaths amid some of the grandest views on earth.

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Tabor Tabor said there are four basic ways people die on a mountain: falling, freezing, altitude issues or getting stuck in an avalanche or crevasse.

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Stone is targeting the Cheve cave system in Southern Mexico while Klimchouk is focused on deadly Krubera Cave in the Republic of Georgia--cave systems that are as different and fascinating as the team leaders.

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