RARA-AVIS: Tunnel rats to Trevanian

From: Michael Robison ( miker_zspider@yahoo.com)
Date: 21 Feb 2005

Ivan Van Laningham wrote:

I have some photos from Cu Chi which I can post sometime (soon, I hope, possibly this week). You hear about the tunnels, but nothing quite prepares you for seeing the things. I swear a ten-year-old would have trouble moving in them.

************* Post em! I wanna see em! Who took the pictures? We've got caves outside of Bloomington that I've done my share of, some of them pretty tight. Wayne's Lost is a thousand foot crawl to get into, but only the last 300 feet is flat on your belly squirming forward.
 I have a friend who has told me of moves he had to make where he had to exhale before he could do it. WAHOOO!! Too much for me. Am I getting off-topic? To bring it back, Trevanian's SHIBUMI has some great caving scenes in it. Although probably too simplistic and sensationalistic for some, I heartily recommend anything by Trevanian, especially SHIBUMI and EIGER SANCTION. Doing it by feel, SHIBUMI stands as a good argument that hardboiled doesn't require the colloquial.


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