Jill Heinerth: Into the Planet

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Vents 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 Heinerth seems to have led a life of trekking purposefully toward her dreams and despite personal sacrifices and the constant risk of mortal danger she has built an enviable career as a cave diver and explorer as an advanced trainer of technical diving and as a filmmaker and writer Part memoir part chronicle of modern cave diving and the evolving science that allows humans to go deeper and for longer on these dangerous dives Into the Planet is an often thrilling and always interesting book about an extreme sport and an extreme life Note I read an ARC and passages oted may not be in their final forms The archway of ice above our heads is furrowed like the surface of a golf ball carved by the hand of the sea Iridescent blue Wedgwood azure cerulean cobalt and pastel robin s egg meld with chalk and silvery alabaster The ice is vibrant bright and at the same time ghostly shadowy The beauty contradicts the danger We are the first people to cave dive inside an iceberg And we may not live to tell the story The book opens with a prologue set inside the iceberg known as B 15 a large chunk of Antarctica that broke off in the year 2000 and at the time that Heinerth and two others made several The Far Far Better Thing unprecedented dives into its interior it was the largest free floating object on Earth and right from the beginning the storytelling is thrilling and beautifully wrought The narrative then rewinds to Heinerth s childhood and early adult experiences and still it s all fascinating When the young professional decides to leave her life and her career as the co owner of a Toronto based graphic design firm in order to become a dive instructor in the Caribbean her journeys into the planet begin in earnest As every major expedition that Heinreth and her co divers propose reuire sponsors and fundraising before the fact it s interesting to see how she eventuallyses her expertise in graphic design and photography to create the brochures and promotional materials that make the eventual dives possible and then to see how she develops her love of Valentines Cowboy underwater photography into groundbreaking filmmaking The stories of the major dives that follow are worthy of any fictional adventure novel but I have to admit that I wasn t as interested in the parallel story of the author s strained marriage to fellow diver Paul Heinreth but can tltimately fault her for putting this large part of her life into her own memoir I was intrigued by the additional pressures that the author faced as one of the few women in her field and acknowledge that it must have been horrible to be a pioneer at the dawn of the internet before most of The Truth About Jane Doe us knew to ignore the trolls As the story of an adventuresome life this is all good stuff If you cave dive long enough you will eventually face the death of a friend Worse you may even recover the body of one or hold them as their life force ebbs In those moments your life will be changed forever Back then in Huaulta I was new enough to cave diving and exploration that I had not yet lost a close friend In my gut I knew that if I were going to participate in extreme endeavors like this expedition my days of innocence were numbered There isite a bit about the dangers involved in trying to dive deeper and longer than anyone has before cave diving seems to be an extremely competitive endeavor and Heinreth knows that every time she swims into the Mediterranean Men Bundle unknown she not only risks her own. Nowns and the extremes of human capabilityJill Heinerth the first person in history to dive deep into an Antarctic iceberg and leader of a team that discovered the ancient watery remains of Mayan civilizations has descended farther into the inner depths of our planet than any other woman She takess into the harrowing split second decisions that determine whether a diver makes it back to safety the prejudices that prevent women from pursuing careers nderwater and her endeavor to recover a fallen friend’s body from the confines of a cave But there?.

When my husband was stationed in Hawaii long before we were married his main hobby was to go scuba diving He and his friends would get off work grab their gear and enjoy the gorgeous nderwater scenery While I myself have never dived his stories made some of the terminology in the book familiar and I loved reading a book about one of his favorite interests When one thinks of diving one probably thinks of doing so in the sea especially in the tropical areas where the seas are clear turuoise and the wildlife abundant But Heinerth chooses instead to dive in much less accessible places places like inside of an iceberg in Antarctica or deep inside a cave system in Mexico places where a broken guide line could mean certain death She dives not just for the thrill of it but to show people how interconnected we all are and to educate people about their earthly home But as with any male dominated profession she has to work extra hard to make her colleagues recognize her worth The stories of her dives are incredible The photos she includes are absolutely stunning I just wish there were sketches perhaps of some of her dives because I had a hard time imagining exactly what was happening especially during her dives in Mexico and the ones in Antarctica This book is highly recommended for anyone who loves to armchair travel to the most exotic of locations Here s a book by a woman who chose to lead a life of a real explorer something I truly admire In this memoir she offers a number of fascinating and dramatic tales of adventure discovery triumph and loss I was glued to its pages and I learned a lot about the world of diving following one s passion and overcoming fear no matter which profession or relationship you might find yourself in Jill Heinerth is the Chris Traeger of diving It ll be fun Well it s grueling than fun She s made a career out of diving into the most dangerous caves in the world despite pain and injuries ingrained misogyny on the part of her fellow divers nearly all men and of course the mammoth level of risk inherent in cave diving in the first place Heinerth is a great spinner of yarns and she had me on the edge of my seat than once as she related near misses and brushes with death If you re curious to know about cave diving and what kind of person willingly signs Holding Tight (Five in a Bed Book 3) up for that kind of job you ll really enjoy this memoir I will take you on anncomfortable 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 techniue training and skill that lies behind those photos The Mistress of Pemberley: An Erotic Pride Prejudice Sequel (Secrets of Pemberley Book 1) until I read this book Jill Heinerth s story had me hooked from the very beginning The prologue opens with a harrowing scene set in the middle of an iceberg and then transitions back to her earlier years in the first chapter The story touches on her introduction to cave diving follows her major diving expeditions and highlights some of her best diving stories Throughout the book Heinerth also weaves a subtle reminder of the importance of water and its When we transcend the fear of failure and terror of thenknown we are all capable of great things personally and as a society We might not always know where the journey will lead One Eye Closed (The Pack, us We might feel a burden of difficulty but all paths lead to discovery Both good and bad life 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 planetMore people have died exploringnderwater caves than climbing Mount Everest and we know about deep space than we do about the depths of our oceans From one of the top cave divers working today and one of the very few women in her field Into the Planet blends science adventure and memoir to bring readers face to face with the terror and beauty of earth’s remaining nk.

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Life but the peace and mental security of those she might leave behind and particularly the peace and mental security of those of her friends who might be called pon to recover her lifeless body if she fails to resurface on her own Heinreth explains that she has the 7R gene that causes people to seek the dopamine rush of novel situations but Roughing it with Ryan unlike those who participate in extreme sports for the thrills alone Heinreth stresses the scientific knowledge that her dives have provided and especially those dives that trace the surprising sources andnderground pathways of drinking water and that does seem to legitimise her endeavors beyond the because it s there ethos Overall this is the story of a large life and it s told well I m glad to have gotten to know Jill Heinreth and I wish her success and safety in the future Freakin awesome in the literally awe sense of the word I had no idea there was this extreme subspecialty of cavers Well written well told A fascinating look into the world of cave diving She is also a woman working in a male dominated field so a lot of the book looks at how she deals with the sexism she faces Suspenseful she dives into icebergs and with polar bears and in claustrophobic ncharted spaces and thoughtful I definitely recommend it I expected much This is mostly about Heinerth s experiences on other people s cave diving expeditions especially Bill Stone s projects Bill Stone has an excellent book himself Beyond the Deep Deadly Descent into the World s Most Treacherous Cave so I don t see a reason for reading this one 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 left It is neither interesting nor novel I don t know if she has repressed impostor syndrome but she is constantly pointing out what an amazing explorer she is We were on top of the world and I was comfortable in my role as an exploration diver and felt I was an important asset to the success of the entire team In this wild and almost nimaginable situation I continue to blossom in the purity of Transcending Taboos unhindered exploration I ll be afraid but I ll never concedeStone didn t constantly write how great he is He didn t have to because his stories stood for themselves She complains constantly about everything from bugs to her husband to online trolls I m sympathetic to her about trolls but don t think that either engaging with them or complaining about it in your memoir is at all productive And shenfortunately Black Bottom Stomp undercuts herself on one page she complains about others saying saying she didn t earn her way onto her husband s expedition and on the next page she writes Not yet envisioning myself as capable of that level of advanced technical exploration diving I first settled into a management and marketing role bringing my artistic skills photography and technical background to the groupThere are a few interesting stories here but they are buried in a mess I was still too exhausted to communicate with Paul who was sitting only five yards away at the fire I wished he would sweep mep and make it all go away Was our bond so weak that he could not even ask me what was wrong I wanted my indomitable French Canadian husband to sweep me into his arms and make everything better Heard a super interesting interview with her on NPR now I m curious to read this Four years ago when I was diving in Derawan East Kalimantan I asked the dive shop to bring me to a site called Blue Light However I was rejected since it is a cave and I did not have a cav. ??s beauty beyond the danger of diving and while Heinerth swims beneath our feet in the lifeblood of our planet she works with biologists discovering new species physicists tracking climate change and hydrogeologists examining our finite freshwater reserves Written with hair raising intensity Into the Planetis the first book to deliver an intimate account of cave diving transporting readers deep into inner space where fear must be reconciled and a mission’s success balances between knowing one’s limits and pushing the envelope of human endurance.

A pioneering underwater explorer Jill Heinerth has dived deeper into caves than any woman in history Selected for the inaugural class of the Women Divers Hall of Fame her recent awards include the Wyland Icon and Scuba Diving Magazine’s Sea Hero of the Year Recognizing a lifetime of contributions to advancing underwater exploration in 2013 Heinerth was presented with the Sir Christopher Onda