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April 14, 2014

The Dark and Dangerous World of Extreme Cavers


He’d travelled more than three miles through the earth by then, over stalagmites and boulder fields, cave-ins and vaulting galleries.
He’d spidered down waterfalls, inched along crumbling ledges, and bellied through tunnels so tight that his back touched the roof with every breath. Now he stood at the shore of a small, dark pool under a dome of sulfurous flowstone. He felt the weight of the mountain above him—a mile of solid rock—and wondered if he’d ever find his way back again. - - Burkhard Bilger : The New Yorker

Posted by gerardvanderleun at April 14, 2014 11:18 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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Think I'd rather base jump. At least then, your heirs know what happened to you.

Posted by: BillH at April 14, 2014 2:22 PM

Having lept from a plane but never BASE jumped, I agree with Bill.

Then came the day at the bottom of the mine When a timber cracked and men started cryin' Miners were prayin' and hearts beat fast And everybody thought that they'd breathed their last, 'cept John

Through the dust and the smoke of this man made hell Walked a giant of a man that the miners knew well Grabbed a saggin' timber, gave out with a groan And like a giant Oak tree, he just stood there alone, Big John

And with all of his strength he gave a mighty shove Then a miner yelled out, "There's a light up above" And twenty men scrambled from a would-be grave Now there's only one left down there to save, Big John

With jacks and timbers they started back down
Then came that rumble way down in the ground And then smoke and gas belched out of that mine Everybody knew it was the end of the line for Big John

Now they never reopened that worthless pit They just placed a marble stand in front of it These few words are written on that stand At the bottom of this mine lies a big, big man, Big John

Big John, Big John
Big Bad John
Big John

Posted by: ghostsniper at April 14, 2014 5:25 PM

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