Beyond Mammoth Cave: A Tale of Obsession in the World's Longest Cave

Beyond Mammoth Cave A Tale of Obsession in the World s Longest Cave In Beyond Mammoth Cave A Tale of Obsession in the World s Longest Cave James D Borden and Roger W Brucker provide gripping first person accounts of the discoveries including Roppel Cave that made K

  • Title: Beyond Mammoth Cave: A Tale of Obsession in the World's Longest Cave
  • Author: James D. Borden Roger W. Brucker
  • ISBN: 9780809323463
  • Page: 486
  • Format: Paperback
  • In Beyond Mammoth Cave A Tale of Obsession in the World s Longest Cave, James D Borden and Roger W Brucker provide gripping first person accounts of the discoveries, including Roppel Cave, that made Kentucky s Mammoth Cave three times longer than any other cave in the world Borden, a relative newcomer, and Brucker, a veteran explorer, bring a personal and somIn Beyond Mammoth Cave A Tale of Obsession in the World s Longest Cave, James D Borden and Roger W Brucker provide gripping first person accounts of the discoveries, including Roppel Cave, that made Kentucky s Mammoth Cave three times longer than any other cave in the world Borden, a relative newcomer, and Brucker, a veteran explorer, bring a personal and sometimes conflicting view of their roles as adversaries in a race that lasted from 1972 through 1983 to find big cave They describe hazardous adventures, precarious climbs, and close calls from falling rocks The perils are many and the trek arduous as they squirm through muddy tubes, wade in neck deep cold water, and crawl over sharp rocks and gritty sand Theirs is a tale of agonizing endurance spiced by spectacular discoveries But the cave was not the sole obstacle The explorations were complicated by political intrigue and the rivalry between the Kentucky based Cave Research Foundation and the Central Kentucky Karst Coalition, each seeking to make discoveries and hide secrets Extreme stress, of course, evoked extreme behavior, ranging from selfishness to sacrifice, from outrageous humor to the deadly serious response Beyond Mammoth Cave includes maps by Patricia Kambesis that show the progression of cave discoveries in relation to the topography Original line drawings by well known illustrator Linda Heslop capture the dark mystery of the exploration The book features five black and white photographs as a color gallery of photographs A sequel to The Longest Cave by Brucker and Richard A Watson, this book is a comprehensive update of the speleological investigations in the Mammoth Cave region Brucker s involvement provides continuity to the investigation.

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    1. The continuation of the story told in The Longest Cave, this book details further explorations in the Mammoth cave system and its eventual connection to surrounding caves of the area. Where The Longest Cave detailed explorations up till the early 1970's, this details later explorations through the mid 1980's.Much more emphasis on the politics and petty rivalries of the cavers in question is detailed however. By the end of the book I almost wanted to slap all those involved for being so selfish a [...]

    2. So I was looking at my bookshelf the other day, wondering what to read next, and my eyes lit on Brucker and Borden's "Beyond Mammoth Cave". I've had it for years, every semi-serious caver probably does, and probably they've all read them more than once.Not me. Just once. See, for the past several years, going on five, I haven't even set foot underground. True, I'm far past the sort of condition to be crawling around in the mud anymore, and my circle of caving friends has shrunk vastly as a resul [...]

    3. My 11-year-old daughter saw me reading this book and said, "Is that book interesting?" She said it in such a way that it was obvious she would never believe me if I said yes. I decided to be honest. I read her a typical paragraph and asked, "Was that interesting?" "No." Then I showed her the progression of maps throughout the book and how they found more and more cave and linked everything together, and THEN her eyes lit up. I said, "THAT'S why it's interesting."This book is a fascinating study [...]

    4. I picked up this book earlier in the fall when we were vacationing at Mammoth Cave. Tag-teaming in an occasionally confusing way, Borden and Brucker tell of their various exploits exploring and mapping Mammoth Cave and the ensuing connection to Roppel Cave, making Mammoth Cave by far the largest cave system in the world. Caving is a combination of excitement and adventure accompanied by cold, damp, dark and LOTS of politics. Interspersed with stories about climbs and digs through various newly-d [...]

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