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Beyond the Deep: The Deadly Descent into the World's Most Treacherous Cave [NOOK Book]

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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 ...
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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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They call the Huautla caves of Mexico "the Mount Everest of the underground," and, in truth, no Himalayan peak is more perilous than this treacherous subterranean system. Caver William Stone approached the depths of the Huautla with the seriousness of a master climber, spending 18 years in preparation of his death-defying onslaught. Finally, in 1994, he and his 44-member international team began their descent into the San Augustin sinkhole, each knowing that a flash flood could drown them in an instant. After the death of one diver, most of the cavers turned back, but Bill Stone and team member Barbara am Ende pressed on alone. For 18 days, these heroic cave divers explored the Huautla as no one had before.
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The obscure and dangerous pursuit of diving into Earth through underground sumps, described by the cavers who plumbed the farthest known reaches of Mexico's Huautla system. If your idea of adventure is to swim underwater deep underground in utter darkness with no clue of what you're going to run up against-then sump diving is for you. It certainly isn't for everyone. But Stone and Ende make a good case for their obsession with the vastness of the Huautla system of caves and connecting sumps: an obsession, essentially, with pushing into the unknown for the chance of finding the glories of an azure sea underneath a half-mile of limestone or of surfacing into aircraft-hangar-sized chambers after swimming through tight tunnels of water. 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. The authors also include the personal side of the expedition, telling about the cavers who dropped out, or who peeled back from their goals, especially after one of the team died under peculiar circumstances. The most gripping material comes with the snafus: hair caught in equipment, the loss of vital tools, broken bones from falls, terrifying moments when the stirred-up silt reduces visibility to zero, too many brushes with drowning. (As cavers are fond of saying, there are no rescues, just body removals.) Always at play are the group dynamics, which flare brightly on occasion but on the whole remain remarkably bonhomous under circumstances that could only be described as insanelytrying. The tale of an activity inexplicable for anyone with even a hint of claustrophobia, yet also a distillate of pure adventure deep inside the world. (Maps)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780446561273
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/30/2010
  • Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 675,636
  • File size: 2 MB

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