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Opening Goliath: Danger and Discovery in Caving

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  • Posted May 14, 2009

    Great read on the airplane!

    I finished reading Gary Griffith's book, Opening Goliath, Danger and Discovery in Caving during the flights on a recent trip to Atlanta. It is an excellent book and keeps the reader engaged. I enjoyed learning about the excitement of cave exploration and all the different geological formations that may occur under the surface. It was important to note the need to protect and preserve the fragile formations that were discovered in so many areas of the cave. The hazards were also noted, with good examples of why we shouldn't run out and crawl into one of the blocked off caves along the cliffs of South St. Paul. It was disheartening to learn of the young people who perished when they did not heed the warning signs.

    The cave diving episodes left me on the edge of my seat, as I have Scuba dived in confined spaces of shipwrecks and visited several underwater caverns in Florida. I have always stayed out of the cave portion, as we are cautioned in the diving community to not go into underwater caves without the proper training, equipment and experience. Mr. Griffith conveys why this should be respected when he describes Mr. Ackerman's experience as a newly certified diver who feels he has to go down and check things out underwater himself, in spite of his minimal training and equipment. It was good to learn later in the book that he relied on John Preston, an experienced cave diver, to do the initial underwater pursuit of extensions of the Goliath Cave they were exploring.

    Gary's book is recommend it as an informative, interesting and exciting story for others to learn about caving in Minnesota and Iowa, including the underwater portions.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2009

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    Griffith delivers!

    Opening Goliath is truly a page turner! It took me all of twenty four hours to devour this book. Although nonfiction, Opening Goliath reads like your favorite novel. His research, reflections and insight into the dangerous world of caving provide a stimulus for the mind and nourishment for the soul that will keep you wanting more!

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