After years of preparation, James Cameron, at approximately 2 p.m. ET (4 a.m., local time), began descending solo to Earth’s deepest point.
After years of preparation, James Cameron now may be just hours from attempting his unprecedented solo dive.
I’m Patty Fryer, a marine geologist from the University of Hawai’i. I was invited by Jim Cameron to participate in this expedition, and, having arrived, I am now sitting in the Mermaid Sapphire’s galley, where there is good Internet connectivity—and tea.
“There are a thousand ways to die on this project—it makes your BASE jumping look positively safe,” said John Garvin. I replied, “Either you don’t know how dangerous BASE jumping is, or this is one of the most extreme undertakings in the history of risk.” In retrospect, both statements are true.
James Cameron’s dive to the deepest point of the Mariana Trench joins other exploration “firsts” in world history.