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January 6, 2004 12:19 PM   Subscribe

Before there was the Panama Canal, an American explorer went on one of the most ill-fated expeditions ever to one of the most dangerous places on the planet -- the darien gap. What do you do when you want to write a book about that journey? You go there, of course.
posted by sodalinda (5 comments total)
It's probably a more dangerous place now than it was back then.
posted by QuestionableSwami at 1:34 PM on January 6, 2004

Man, if the infectious tropical diseases don't getcha, the kidnappers will. Ain't it the truth.
posted by sodalinda at 1:46 PM on January 6, 2004

The Darien Gap is the setting for any number of incredible stories, including attempts to motorcycle across it.
posted by Inkslinger at 2:11 PM on January 6, 2004

Be sure to check out this old post on the Darien Gap for some cool stories. I still dream about getting a Rokon after reading Bob Webb's adventure.
posted by roboto at 2:14 PM on January 6, 2004

I first read about the Darien when reading George Meegans epic The Longest Walk a 10,000+ mile journey by foot from the tip of South America to the Artic Circle. This was in the early 80s and he was kidnapped and held hostage and was able to escape with his life. The Darien is like the Ghetto of Colombia the worst of the worst.
posted by stbalbach at 3:43 PM on January 6, 2004

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