After wrapping up with the adventures of Portia’s binges and purges and unable to wait idly for Matched (November 30th), I stumbled upon Blind Descent: The Quest to Discover the Deepest Place on Earth. Right off the bat some under-prepared, overconfident Hoosier (God Bless Indiana) plunges to his death when he fails to properly secure his rappelling equipment. No time for grieving; the big concern is how to retrieve the body. Apparently, unrecoverable dead bodies make the Mexican government nervioso.One explorer compared the mega cave to a “dragon’s asshole.” We really need to work this evocative phrase into the vernacular. Above is the altar where the Cuicatecs sacrificed children in religious ceremonies. Locals still consider Cheve a sacred place and don’t take too kindly to all these desecrating gringos. Accidental death, child sacrifice, oh, and I forgot to mention The Rapture, a nitrogen-induced hysteria that causes cavers to go crazy (and I’m not even half way through). This book rules.
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