Top Books: Blind Descent

One of the best action/adventure/leadership books I ever read was Jon Krakauer's Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster. I couldn’t put that book down. I was mesmerized and haunted by those people who were willing to risk it all to achieve a life's dream to reach the top of the world.

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Now in Blind Descent: The Quest to Discover the Deepest Place on Earth– our world is turned upside down by another set of extreme adventurers as James M. Tabor takes us to the bottom of the world in search of the world’s deepest supercaves.

Set in impenetrable darkness the author takes us on a death-defying journey into the last great terrestrial discovery where those who climb deep into the earth’s bowels are faced with more than 50 known ways to die.

If you're like me, you're already suffering from claustrophobia ... but breathe.

This book is worth it.

Tabor follows two of the world’s premier cavers on their thrilling but unbelievably dangerous explorations of Earth’s deepest caves.

"He only realized something was wrong when he heard a rush of air and the crunching impact of a long fall ending on solid rock. Praying that Yeager had dropped his pack, Haberland called out, but got no answer." -Blind Descent, James M Tabor

Tabor’s writing is electric and terrifying as he describes the many horrific hazards cavers face: deadly falls, killer microbes, sudden burial, asphyxiation, claustrophobia, hypothermia, nitrogen narcosis, hallucinations, and being seized by The Rapture—the ultimate freak out that Tabor likens to a panic attack on Meth.

(And you thought appearing before the SEC was risky)

As in Into Thin Air, readers of Blind Descentwitness the moral dilemmas faced by these extreme explorers in a subterranean world where leadership and survival are constantly tested.

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