Beyond the Deep
The Deadly Descent into the World's Most Treacherous Cave
William Stone and Others
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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.
Very interesting read!
I do not explore caves, but this book was very interesting. Lots of interesting people, places, and technical information were provided. I found particular interest in William Stones' new underwater apparatus which he developed in order to further the exploration of one of the deepest caves in the world. If you download the sample, make sure you read the preface! That sets up the entire story. If there were one complaint, it is that I would have loved to have seen some pictures included in the book. Otherwise a great, interesting adventure.