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ISBN:0914264141
Author: Pierre Chevalier
ISBN13: 978-0914264149
Title: Subterranean climbers: Twelve years in the world's deepest chasm (Speleologia)
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Language: English
Publisher: Zephyrus Press (1975)
Pages: 223

Subterranean climbers: Twelve years in the world's deepest chasm (Speleologia) by Pierre Chevalier



Subterranean climbers book. Apr 12, 2018 Dave rated it it was amazing. Excellent story of exploration and discovery in France during WWII and the attendant hardships of getting to the caves, keeping explorers interested when all out war was raging around them, and developing equipment with limited means in an effort to set a world depth record in the caves of France

Chevalier and his companions spent twelve years. This unusual true story describes the experiences of some of the pioneers of french speleology, as they explored what was then the deepest cave in the world situated in the mountain of Dent de Crolles, France. During the first half of this century, with a boldness that can only be described as awesome, Robert de Joly describes how he and his friends, dressed in only "woollens" and using cumbersome climbing equipment, pushed this classic french cave system that is still frequented by modern speleologists.

Home All Categories Subterranean climbers: Twelve years in the world's deepest chasm (Speleologia). ISBN13: 9780914264156. Subterranean Climbers : Twelve Years in the World's Deepest Chasm. by Pierre Chevalier and . The Dent de Crolles in southeastern France is one of the greatest cave networks in the world. Chevalier and his companions spent twelve years, 1935-47, unraveling its mysteries foot by foot and establishing a record depth of 2159 feet.

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Subterranean climbers. twelve years in the world's deepest chasm. Published 1951 by Faber.

Chevalier is principally known for the exploration of the Dent de Crolles cave system over a twelve-year period (1936 – 1947), which became the deepest cave in the world. Chevalier recorded this exploration in his book Escalades souterraines (Subterranean Climbers). Reseau de la Dent de Crolles. Chevalier first visited the Trou du Glaz entrance in 1935, and was struck by the possibility of exploring beyond what was at the time considered technically possible. With Fernand Petzl, Charles Petit-Didier and others, Chevalier completed explorations that connected four entrances (Trou du Glaz, Guiers Mort, P40 and Grotte Annette) and established the Dent de Crolles as the deepest cave system in the world (-658m).

Chevalier recorded this exploration in his book Escalades souterraines ( Subterranean Climbers ). Unwilling to stop explorations in the face of technical obstacles, Chevalier and his associates were responsible for the conception and construction of new tools and methods of exploration. In 1948 Chevalier published Escalades souterraines, detailing twelve years of explorations within the Dent de Crolles cave system. The book has been reprinted twice in English as Subterranean Climbers. 1 Reseau de la Dent de Crolles. 2 Innovation in cave exploration. 3 Subterranean Climbers. Chevalier first visited the Trou du Glaz entrance in 1935, and was struck by the possibility of exploring beyond what was at the time considered technically possible

Chevalier recorded this exploration in his book Escalades souterraines (Subterranean Climbers). Because of its modest tone, detailed descriptions, and the sheer scale of the undertaking, it is generally considered to be one of the best caving books ever written. The first use of the single rope technique with prusik and mechanical rope-ascenders can be associated with its exploration.

The Dent de Crolles in southeastern France is one of the greatest cave networks in the world. Chevalier and his companions spent twelve years, 1935-47, unraveling its mysteries foot by foot and establishing a record depth of 2159 feet. This enthralling account of their labors and the final triumphant linking of the Glaz and the Guiers-Mort caves is one of the classic sport and science adventures of the century. These underground mountain climbers devoted all they had of leisure, money, and the meager resources of occupied France. Unsponsored, ill-fed, dependent on their own ingenuity and courage, some of them fighting as partisans against the Nazis at the same time, they broke world depth records and added important chapters to the history of both cave exploration and hydro-geological research.

This new edition brings Chevalier's accounts to a new generation of readers, and contains a new introduction by the author who puts the exploit in a present-day context.

Reviews: 5
Akelevar
This unusual true story describes the experiences of some of the pioneers of french speleology, as they explored what was then the deepest cave in the world situated in the mountain of Dent de Crolles, France.

During the first half of this century, with a boldness that can only be described as awesome, Robert de Joly describes how he and his friends, dressed in only "woollens" and using cumbersome climbing equipment, pushed this classic french cave system that is still frequented by modern speleologists.
Not only did they descend a number of deep pits in succession, but they also used siege tactics with a scaling pole to ascend more than 1000 feet of shafts into the mountain above them!

Included are a fine collection of photographic plates of their adventures bearing witness to their achievements.
Although the book was origionally written in French, the English translation is well written and remarkably ahead of its time, making it impossible to put down until the last page is finished.

Subterranean Climbers makes for entertaining bedside reading even for the non-caver and I would highly recommend to any spleleolgist that this is a must to add to his library.

Neil Ringdahl ([email protected]
LiTTLe_NiGGa_in_THE_СribE
The finest of all classic speleological narratives,Chevalier's book details the wonderfully enterprising exploration of the Dent de Crolles system.Under difficult wartime conditions,he and his crazy crew,including the famous Fernand Petzl the inventions wizard and the obsessed martinet Charles Petit-Didier,overcome all obstacles to claim the scalp of the world's deepest cave.Hair-raising risks are taken with stone age gear,and the tale is told in a beautiful style admirably captured by a pioneer translator.
White gold
extraordinary and unprecedented account in a colloquial and easy style of the exploration of the great Dent de crolles system in Isere,France.Under difficult wartime conditions,and with primitive gear,Chevakier and his motley crew perform prodigies of valour to claim the title of the world's deepest cave.
Ffan
best ever caving book.The only book to capture the atmosphere of caving in the heroic era.
Vikus
extraordinary and unprecedented account in a colloquial and easy style of the exploration of the great Dent de crolles system in Isere,France.Under difficult wartime conditions,and with primitive gear,Chevakier and his motley crew perform prodigies of valour to claim the title of the world's deepest cave.
Anardred
best ever caving book.The only book to capture the atmosphere of caving in the heroic era.