Blind Descent

The Quest to Discover the Deepest Cave on Earth

Author: James M. Tabor

Publisher: Random House Incorporated

ISBN: 0812979494

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 286

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Documents the 2004 race between American and Russian scientists to dive to the planet's deepest spot, profiling each nation's team and expedition leaders while explaining how both sides were ultimately victorious.

Blind Descent

The Quest to Discover the Deepest Place on Earth

Author: James M. Tabor

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1588369943

Category: Travel

Page: 304

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In 2004, two great scientist-explorers attempted to find the bottom of the world. American Bill Stone took on the vast, deadly Cheve Cave in southern Mexico. Ukrainian Alexander Klimchouk targeted Krubera, a freezing nightmare of a supercave in the war-torn former Soviet republic of Georgia. Both men spent months almost two vertical miles deep, contending with thousand-foot drops, raging whitewater rivers, monstrous waterfalls, mile-long belly crawls, and the psychological horrors produced by weeks in absolute darkness, beyond all hope of rescue. Based on his unprecedented access to logs and journals as well as hours of personal interviews, James Tabor has crafted a thrilling exploration of man’s timeless urge to discover—and of two extraordinary men whose pursuit of greatness led them to the heights of triumph and the depths of tragedy. Blind Descent is an unforgettable addition to the classic literature of true-life adventure, and a testament to human survival and endurance. Includes a photo insert.

Blind Descent

The Quest to Discover the Deepest Place on Earth

Author: James M. Tabor

Publisher: Random House Incorporated

ISBN: 1400067677

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 286

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A former writer and host for PBS's The Great Outdoors documents the 2004 race between American and Russian scientists to dive to the planet's deepest spot, profiling each nation's team and expedition leaders while explaining how both sides were ultimately victorious.

Blind Descent

Author: Nevada Barr

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101145145

Category: Fiction

Page: 336

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Park ranger Anna Pigeon is enjoying the open spaces of Colorado when she receives an urgent call. A young woman has been injured while exploring a cave in New Mexico?s Carlsbad Cavern Park. Before she can be pulled to safety, she sends for her friend Anna. Only one problem: a crushing fear of confined spaces has kept Anna out in the open her whole life.

Blind Descent

Surviving Alone and Blind on Mount Everest

Author: Brian Dickinson

Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.

ISBN: 1414391706

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 259

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The author describes his harrowing journey descending Mount Everest while unable to see due to snowblindness, having only his Navy survival training, instinct, and faith on which to rely.

Beyond the Deep

The Deadly Descent into the World's Most Treacherous Cave

Author: William Stone,Barbara am Ende,Monte Paulsen

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

ISBN: 9780446561273

Category: Nature

Page: 368

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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.

The Descent

Author: Jeff Long

Publisher: Crown

ISBN: 9780609607022

Category: Fiction

Page: 464

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We are not alone. Some call them devils or demons. But they are real. They are down there. And they are waiting for us to find them. In a cave in the Himalayas, a guide discovers a self-mutilated body with a warning: Satan exists. In the Kalahari Desert, a nun unearths evidence of a proto-human species and a deity called Older-than-Old. In Bosnia, something has been feeding upon the dead in a mass grave. So begins mankind’s most shocking realization: the underworld is a vast geological labyrinth populated by another race of beings. With all of Hell's precious resources and territories to be won, a global race ensues. Nations, armies, religions, and industries rush to colonize and exploit the subterranean frontier. A scientific expedition is launched westward to explore beneath the Pacific Ocean floor, both to catalog the riches there and to learn how life could develop in the sunless abyss. But in the dark underground, as humanity falls away from them, the scientists and mercenaries find themselves prey not only to the savage creatures, but also to their own treachery, mutiny, and greed. One thing is certain: Miles inside the earth, evil is very much alive.

The Deep Zone

Author: James M. Tabor

Publisher: Random House Digital, Inc.

ISBN: 0345530624

Category: Fiction

Page: 576

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Leading a top-secret team into the world's deepest cave to seek a cure for a near-pandemic disease, scientist Hallie Leland encounters regional violence before a mole sabotages the team's efforts. A first novel by the award-winning author of Forever on the Mountain. 35,000 first printing.

Frozen Solid

A Novel

Author: James M. Tabor

Publisher: Random House Digital, Inc.

ISBN: 0345530632

Category: Fiction

Page: 324

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When a zealous group of scientists launches a plot to release a pandemic virus to end overpopulation, Hallie Leland races against time during a brutal week at the South Pole to save the world from mass annihilation. By the best-selling author of The Deep Zone. 10,000 first printing.

Touch the Top of the World

A Blind Man's Journey to Climb Farther Than the Eye Can See

Author: Erik Weihenmayer

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9780452282940

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 342

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A mountaineer who was diagnosed with a degenerative eye disorder traces his struggle to ascend the "Seven Summits."

Descent

The Heroic Discovery of the Abyss

Author: Brad Matsen

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0307425495

Category: Science

Page: 304

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In Descent: The Heroic Discovery of the Abyss, Brad Matsen brings to vivid life the famous deep-sea expeditions of Otis Barton and William Beebe. Beebe was a very well-connected and internationally acclaimed naturalist, with the power to generate media attention. Barton was an engineer and heir to a considerable fortune, who had long dreamed of making his mark on the world as an adventurer. Together, Beebe and Barton would achieve what no one had done before--direct observation of life in the blackness of the abyss. Here, against the back drop of the depression, is their riveting tale. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Descent Into Chaos

The US and the Failure of Nation Building in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Central Asia

Author: Ahmed Rashid

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9780670019700

Category: Political Science

Page: 484

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Examines how the failure of the nation building policies of the United States have contributed to increased instability in both Pakistan and Afghanistan, a result which represents the greatest threat to peace and security in the global community.

Seeking Enlightenment-- Hat by Hat

A Skeptic's Path to Religion

Author: Nevada Barr

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9780425196038

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 222

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The author of the Anna Pigeon mystery series recounts her spiritual quest for meaning in her life, describing her experiences as an actor, writer, and adventure-seeker, and sharing her transition from atheism toward a sense of being part of something greater than herself. Reprint.

No Barriers

A Blind Man's Journey to Kayak the Grand Canyon

Author: Erik Weihenmayer,Buddy Levy

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 1250088801

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 432

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National Bestseller and Honorable Mention Award Winner in the Outdoor Literature category of the 2017 National Outdoor Book Awards (NOBA) — “A beautiful book about family and finding a way to achieve more than you ever thought possible.” —Brad Meltzer, NYT bestselling author Erik Weihenmayer is the first and only blind person to summit Mount Everest, the highest point on Earth. Descending carefully, he and his team picked their way across deep crevasses and through the deadly Khumbu Icefall; when the mountain was finally behind him, Erik knew he was going to live. His expedition leader slapped him on the back and said something that would affect the course of Erik’s life: “Don’t make Everest the greatest thing you ever do.” No Barriers is Erik’s response to that challenge. It is the moving story of his journey since descending Mount Everest: from leading expeditions around the world with blind Tibetan teenagers to helping injured soldiers climb their way home from war, from adopting a son from Nepal to facing the most terrifying reach of his life: to solo kayak the thunderous whitewater of the Grand Canyon. Along the course of Erik’s journey, he meets other trailblazers—adventurers, scientists, artists, and activists—who, despite trauma, hardship, and loss, have broken through barriers of their own. These pioneers show Erik surprising ways forward that surpass logic and defy traditional thinking. Like the rapids of the Grand Canyon, created by inexorable forces far beneath the surface, No Barriers is a dive into the heart and mind at the core of the turbulent human experience. It is an exploration of the light that burns in all of us, the obstacles that threaten to extinguish that light, and the treacherous ascent towards growth and rebirth.

Descent into Darkness

Pearl Harbor, 1941ÑA Navy Diver's Memoir

Author: Edward Raymer

Publisher: Naval Institute Press

ISBN: 1612511023

Category: History

Page: 240

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On December 7, 1941, as the great battleships Arizona, Oklahoma, and Utah lie paralyzed and burning in the aftermath of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, a crack team of U.S. Navy salvage divers headed by Edward C. Raymer are hurriedly flown to Oahu from the mainland. The divers have been given a Herculean task: rescue the sailors and Marines trapped below, and resurrect the pride of the Pacific fleet. Now for the first time, the chief diver of the Pearl Harbor salvage operations, Cmdr. Edward C. Raymer, USN (Ret.), tells the whole story of the desperate attempts to save crewmembers caught inside their sinking ships. Descent into Darkness is the only book available that describes the raising and salvage operations of sunken battleships following the December 7th attack. Once Raymer and his crew of divers entered the interiors of the sunken shipwrecks—attempting untested and potentially deadly diving techniques—they experienced a world of total blackness, unable to see even the faceplates of their helmets. By memorizing the ships’ blueprints and using their sense of touch, the divers groped their way hundreds of feet inside the sunken vessels to make repairs and salvage vital war material. The divers learned how to cope with such unseen dangers as falling objects, sharks, the eerie presence of floating human bodies, and the constant threat of Japanese attacks from above. Though many of these divers were killed or seriously injured during the wartime salvage operations, on the whole they had great success performing what seemed to be impossible jobs. Among their credits, Raymer’s crew raised the sunken battleships USS West Virginia, USS Nevada, USS California, After Pearl Harbor they moved on to other crucial salvage work off Guadalcanal and the sites of other great sea battles.

Winter Study

Author: Nevada Barr

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781101128725

Category: Fiction

Page: 496

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Soon after Anna Pigeon joins the famed wolf study team of Isle Royale National Park in the middle of Lake Superior, the wolf packs begin to behave in peculiar ways. Giant wolf prints are found, and Anna spies the form of a great wolf from a surveillance plane. When a female member of the team is savaged, Anna is convinced they are being stalked, and what was once a beautiful, idyllic refuge becomes a place of unnatural occurrences and danger beyond the ordinary…

Into Thin Air

Author: Jon Krakauer

Publisher: Anchor

ISBN: 0679462716

Category: Travel

Page: 320

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When Jon Krakauer reached the summit of Mt. Everest in the early afternoon of May 10,1996, he hadn't slept in fifty-seven hours and was reeling from the brain-altering effects of oxygen depletion. As he turned to begin the perilous descent from 29,028 feet (roughly the cruising altitude of an Airbus jetliner), twenty other climbers were still pushing doggedly to the top, unaware that the sky had begun to roil with clouds... Into Thin Air is the definitive account of the deadliest season in the history of Everest by the acclaimed Outside journalist and author of the bestselling Into the Wild. Taking the reader step by step from Katmandu to the mountain's deadly pinnacle, Krakauer has his readers shaking on the edge of their seat. Beyond the terrors of this account, however, he also peers deeply into the myth of the world's tallest mountain. What is is about Everest that has compelled so many poeple--including himself--to throw caution to the wind, ignore the concerns of loved ones, and willingly subject themselves to such risk, hardship, and expense? Written with emotional clarity and supported by his unimpeachable reporting, Krakauer's eyewitness account of what happened on the roof of the world is a singular achievement. From the Paperback edition.

Track of the Cat

Author: Nevada Barr

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9780425190838

Category: Fiction

Page: 272

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Fleeing New York to find refuge as a ranger in the remote backcountry of West Texas, Anna Pigeon stumbles into a web of violence and murder when fellow park ranger Sheila Drury is mysteriously killed and another ranger vanishes. Reprint.

Endangered Species

Author: Nevada Barr

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9780425226858

Category: Fiction

Page: 305

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Cumberland Island, off the coast of Georgia, is a breathtaking setting for tedious fire presuppression duty. But Anna's boring routine is shattered when two men die in a plane crash, victims of sabotage. This classic mystery is now repackaged.

7th Son: Descent

A Novel

Author: J. C. Hutchins

Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

ISBN: 9781429983815

Category: Fiction

Page: 368

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As America reels from the bizarre presidential assassination committed by a child, seven men are abducted from their normal lives and delivered to a secret government facility. Each man has his own career, his own specialty. All are identical in appearance. The seven strangers were grown--- unwitting human clones---as part of a project called 7th Son. The government now wants something from these "John Michael Smiths." They share the flesh as well as the implanted memories of the psychopath responsible for the president's murder. The killer has bigger plans, and only these seven have the unique qualifications to track and stop him. But when their progenitor makes the battle personal, it becomes clear he may know the seven better than they know themselves.