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The Darkness Beckons


  • Title: The Darkness Beckons
  • Author: Martyn Farr
  • Foreword: Bill Stone
  • Edition: Revised 2017 edition
  • Size: 246mm x 189mm
  • Extent: 416 pages, colour throughout
  • Cover: Hardcover (with jacket); Paperback (with flaps)
  • Has a section on South African cave diving history
  • If you’ve ever been interested in cave or tech diving or just up for a very interesting read you HAVE to get your hands on a copy of this book!
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The Darkness Beckons is Martyn Farr’s beautifully illustrated book about the history and development of world cave diving. Farr charts the evolution of exploratory activities in the underground world, and at every stage we see people exercising the ultimate challenge.

The stories recounted will grip and enthral, and the reader will gain a unique insight into a world where earthly exploration is still very much alive and thriving. The Darkness Beckons is a chronicle of extraordinary sporting endeavour. It will inspire anyone with a taste for adventure; if you aspire to this realm you will not be able to put this book down.

Fully updated since the 1980 first edition. This book has a chapter on South African cave diving history. It includes the legendary Bushmans Hole events of 2005 and a detailed account of the Pieter Verhulsel tragedy at Sterkfontein caves in 1984.