Blind Descent: The Quest to Discover the Deepest Place on Earth
Blind Descent is certainly a good read and I rattled through it in a short time period. But there are criticisms so the best thing to do is to ignore the central conceit and enjoy the book as it is. The idea that two different cavers are racing each other on different continents to find the deepest place on earth is just laughable. And the conclusion that the deepest cave on earth has been found is also somewhat suspect. But the accounts of the expeditions are well written and should excite both cavers and non-cavers alike. As a caver I'm pleased that there isn't the usual fall back on over dramatisation and hyperbole which often ruins many caving books aimed at a wider audience. The author makes a decent stab at explaining caving techniques - including digging! - to a wider readership so its accessible to anyone with even a slight interest in exploration and why people go to such lengths to do what they do. So have a read and see what you think.