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Beyond the Deep: The Deadly Descent Into the World's Most Treacherous Cave (2002)

by William Stone

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Caves are an armchair passion of mine- I have not much interest in actually doing any dare-devil caving. But reading about them is fantastic! This story combines adventure, technology and mystery. It was a very exciting page turner for me.
  justing | Dec 19, 2009 |
Caves are an armchair passion of mine- I have not much interest in actually doing any dare-devil caving. But reading about them is fantastic! This story combines adventure, technology and mystery. It was a very exciting page turner for me. ( )
  justing | Dec 19, 2009 |
A fantastic tale of adventure. Chronicles the exploration of a deep Mexican cave, continuing beyond where a water-filled tunnel had stopped the previous expedition. Plenty of suspense, and some tragedy. Also a study of the dedication of Bill Stone, one of the authors who developed early rebreather equipment (the first used outside of the military and NASA) in his drive for exploring caves.

It is quite well written, an easy page-turner. Explanations are complete, and your questions are answered.

Although there was friction within the expedition, with two of the three authors on one side of it, the conflicts seem to be presented quite fairly, from both sides. Nobody is demonized, and nor is anyone presented as a saint. The politics do not drag down the story.

The book is very nicely presented. There are two sets of photographs, one in color. The excellent cave maps, with both top and side views, are placed in the text at positions that don't spoil the surprise, and also on the inside covers. Many useful facts are presented in appendices. ( )
  breic2 | Oct 20, 2009 |
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To Jim King and Roland Puton, visionary patrons who saw this for what it was: the exploration of the last terrestrial frontier.

To Rolf Adams and Ian Rolland, who lived more in their brief time on earth than most people ever will.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0446527092, Hardcover)

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.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:14:11 -0400)

Two members of a team who descended into the Huautla cave complex in Mexico describe their perilous trek into one of the world's deepest caves on an expedition that claimed the life of one diver and drove the rest of the team back.

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