Into the Planet: My Life as a Cave Diver
From one of the world’s most renowned cave divers, a firsthand account of exploring the earth’s final frontier: the hidden depths of our oceans and the sunken caves inside our planet
More people have died exploring underwater caves than climbing Mount Everest, and we know more about deep space than we do about the depths of our oceans. From one of the top cave divers workin
After reading this book, I became even more discouraged. Silt and hard enclosed environment are not my jam at all. I'll stick with the clear ...more
When we transcend the fear of failure and terror of the unknown, we are all capable of great things, personally and as a society. We might not always know where the journey will lead us. We might feel a burden of difficulty, but all paths lead to discovery. Both good and bad life events contribute to the fabric of who we are as individuals and as a civilization. If we continue to trek purposefully toward our dreams, into the planet and beyond, we just might achieve the impossible.
Jill Heine ...more
"I will take you on an uncomfortable rendezvous with fear. You will feel cold and claustrophobic when you read this book. But I challenge you to recognize the humanity in that sensation of terror you're experiencing. I encourage you to accept that you are an explorer like me."
Before reading Into the Planet, I knew very little about cave diving. As an avid Nat Geo reader, I have seen some incredible photos taken in remote caves, but I had absolutely no idea of the technique, training, and skill ...more
Beyond that, the writing is very average. There is way too much information about her relationships. I didn't expect to be reading about her frustrations with online dating, and swiping right or ...more
When one thinks of diving, one probably thinks of doing so in the sea, especially in the tropical areas, where the seas are clear tu ...more
I remember the picture of the sign at the underwater cave’s entrance: a grim reaper over two divers’ skeletons with the message, ‘STOP: GO NO FARTHER’
Into the Planet is t ...more
Despite this, my interest in at least reading/learning about cave diving was piqued by one very specific experience. I used to travel to--and eventually lived on--Andros Island in the Bahamas. My early trips I spent bunking up at Forfar Field Station, named for a famous diver who di ...more
I have trouble imagining anything more terrifying than cave diving. Space exploration, maybe, but even that seems to have a better safety record. Part of the thrill of this book is getting to vicariously ex ...more
Um, no thank you.
This book took me way longer than it should have to read. I originally wanted to read this book because it sounded interesting. It turns out it wasn't as interesting as I hoped. While reading about the amazing places Jill has dived was great, her description of all her equipment all the time was not my cup of tea.
Recognizing a lifetime of contributions to advancing underwater exploration, in 2013, Heinerth was presented with the Sir Christopher Onda ...more