May 29th, 2010
For years, there have been reports of explorers, who when alone and in dire straits, found the determination to continue on through the presence of an unknown, unseen person who has followed along, given guidance, or helped to alleviate the isolation. Ernest Shackleton reported such an encounter when forced on a grueling hike to save his crew, as did Frank Smythe, on his 1930’s attempt on Mt. Everest. T.S. Eliot mentioned the phenomenon in his poem “The Waste Land”, after reading Shackleton’s account. This is not just a historical phenomenon, though, since the last survivor to leave the World Trade Center on 9/11 reported something similar.
Geiger gathers these documented reports and explores the possibility that it is the result of psychological stress, hallucination, extreme physical deprivation, ghosts, or some sort of divine or angelic intervention. For those interested in stories of exploration, this adds an interesting dimension to the existing narratives. Regardless of what you believe to be the cause of the phenomenon, Geiger has written a book that’s difficult to put down.
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