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The Darkness Beckons - Martyn Farr

The Darkness Beckons - Martyn Farr

Third Edition - complete re-write - published  July 2017  
With the help of all the world's leading cave divers this is a "must have" book not only for technical and overhead divers, but for anyone with a thirst for adventure. First published in 1980, this 2017 edition of Martyn Farr's The Darkness Beckons has been fully revised and updated to reflect the latest developments. Recreational divers and cavers will find this book featuring over 400 breathtaking photographs and illustrations quite amazing. The stories of individual caves and projects are nothing short of rivetting and incredible. Each copy individually signed by Martyn Farr.

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SKU G53
£25.00

'The underground world presents the last arena for the true pioneering spirit.'

Martyn Farr's The Darkness Beckons charts the history and development of cave diving, from early underwater expeditions in France in the late nineteenth century, through to cutting-edge dives across the globe, where iron-willed individuals are pushing the limits of equipment and techniques in the pursuit of exploration.

The Darkness Beckons by Martyn Farr

Cave diving is the natural evolution of caving, where cavers and open-water divers overcome the challenges of water-filled passages by using specialist breathing apparatus to explore further and deeper than ever before. The challenges are many - distance, depth, temperature, visibility, rockfall and simple restriction in passage size - together with the physical and mental demands placed on an individual in an environment where, despite meticulous preparation, equipment can malfunction and one cannot expect to be rescued if something goes wrong.

Early cave dives were made using Standard Equipment diving suits, before 'frogman' equipment was adopted by British and Italian divers in the 1940s.Around the same time, Jacques-Yves Cousteau and Emile Gagnan designed the compressed-air aqualung, the first scuba equipment. The development of breathing apparatus has continued, alongside solutions to evermore challenging projects, especially those at extreme depth.

British cave divers, including the author, have been at the forefront of many developments, such as the explorations at Wookey Hole in the Mendips, Keld Head in the Yorkshire Dales and Pozo Azul in Spain. Cave diving today is a truly international endeavour, and Farr gives detailed and engaging accounts of developments in Europe, the Americas, Australia and New Zealand, Southern Africa and more. Farr introduces cave diving's pioneers and chronicles their achievements. Among a cast of many are the Britons Graham Balcombe and Mike Boon; the American Sheck Exley, who died while attempting to establish a new depth record in the Zacaton sinkhole in Mexico; and the outstanding German cave diver and equipment innovator Jochen Hasenmayer. The stories of their adventures are charged with courage, danger and excitement, and some have led to tragedy.

First published in 1980, this 2017 edition of The Darkness Beckons has been fully revised and updated to reflect the latest developments. Featuring over 400 breathtaking photographs and illustrations, and with a foreword by renowned American cave diver and explorer Bill Stone, it is an inspirational read for anyone with an interest in exploration and adventure.

Each copy provided by DirDirect is individually signed by Martyn Farr.

Author: Martyn Farr
Foreword: Bill Stone
Softback
416 pages
19.0 x 24.7cm
3rd edition

Martyn Farr - The Darkness Beckons

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