Blind Descent: The Quest to Discover the Deepest Place on Earth

Blind Descent: The Quest to Discover the Deepest Place on Earth
Blind Descent: The Quest to Discover the Deepest Place on Earth by James M Tabor
2011 | EPUB + MOBI | 1.24/5.97MB

The deepest cave on earth was a prize that had remained unclaimed for centuries, long after every other ultimate discovery had been made. This is the story of the men and women who risked everything to find it, earning their place in history beside the likes of Peary, Amundsen, Hillary, and Armstrong.

In 2004, two great scientist-explorers attempted to find the bottom of the world. Bold, American Bill Stone was committed to the vast Cheve Cave, located in southern Mexico and deadly even by supercave standards. On the other side of the globe, legendary Ukrainian explorer Alexander Klimchouk - Stone's opposite in temperament and style - had targeted Krubera, a freezing nightmare of a supercave in the Republic of Georgia.

Blind Descent explores both the brightest and darkest aspects of the timeless human urge to discover - to be first. It is also a thrilling epic about a pursuit that makes even extreme mountaineering and ocean exploration pale by comparison. These supercavers spent months in multiple camps almost two vertical miles deep and many more miles from their caves' exits. They had to contend with thousand-foot drops, deadly flooded tunnels, raging whitewater rivers, monstrous waterfalls, mile-long belly crawls, and much more. Perhaps even worse were the psychological horrors produced by weeks plunged into absolute, perpetual darkness, beyond all hope of rescue, including a particularly insidious derangement called 'The Rapture'.

Blind Descent is a testament to human survival and endurance - and to two extraordinary men whose relentless pursuit of greatness led them to heights of triumph and depths of tragedy neither could have imagined.

The Big Walks of the North

The Big Walks of the North
The Big Walks of the North by David Bathurst
2010 | EPUB | 2.77MB

From the Great Glen Way to the Coast to Coast Path, there is no better way to discover the spectacular diversity of northern Britain's landscape than on foot. Whether you enjoy exploring green and gently rolling dales or tackling rugged mountain paths, there are walks here to keep you rambling all year round. An indefatigable walker, David Bathurst has unlaced his boots to produce this invaluable and definitive companion to the 10 best-loved long-distance footpaths in the north of Britain, with each split into manageable sections. Combining practical, detailed descriptions with an appreciation of the beauty and history of the British countryside, this in an indispensable guide for both experienced and novice walkers alike.

The UK Trailwalker's Handbook [Eighth Edition]

The UK Trailwalker's Handbook [Eighth Edition]
The UK Trailwalker's Handbook [Eighth Edition] by Paul Lawrence, Les Maple, John Sparshatt
2010 | EPUB | 16.75MB

The UK has a network of recognized long-distance hiking routes unrivaled anywhere in the world. Each one links individual footpath sections into a continuous trail that is actively promoted. Some, like The Monarch's Way, are linked with a historical figure and others with a landscape feature such as The Thames or Offa's Dyke.

Compiled by the experts of the UK's Long Distance Walkers' Association, this new edition of the UK Trailwalker's Handbook is an up-to-date directory of all of these routes, across Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland. It combines descriptions and profiles, by region, of hundreds of waymarked routes, including the 19 National Trails and many hundreds more enthusiasts' routes, with holiday ideas, inspirational articles, photographs and overview maps. In all, the guide covers over 700 routes and more than 40,000 miles. Over 16 million people a year walk along these routes and this book provides all the detail you need to plan some great days out hiking!

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