Wim Hof, often known as the ‘iceman,’ led a party of 26 people to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, which is the world’s tallest free-standing peak.
- Wim Hof, a Dutch daredevil, led a group of 26 people to the peak.
- Wim Hof holds the world record for the longest ice bath session.
- He and his companions did not succumb to cold or altitude sickness.
- Wim Hof says that he can regulate his body temperature with his mind alone.
- At 5,895 meters, Mount Kilimanjaro dominates the Tanzanian landscape.
- Experts said the group’s achievement was unachievable.
- A group of climbers topped Africa’s highest peak while just wearing shorts.
The group ascended all 5,895m (19, 340ft) in 48 hours without succumbing to cold or altitude sickness, which specialists said was impossible. They were clearly in excellent shape.
Eleven members of the squad climbed the mountain in only shorts and no shirts, arriving unharmed at the mountain’s summit, where the temperature is a freezing -20°C.
The Dutch Mountaineering and Climbing Federation, as well as expedition physicians, thought this was impossible before the project began.
In a typical climbing trip, the success percentage of reaching Uhuru Peak is 41%.
The amount of oxygen at the peak is less than half of what it is at sea level; acclimatization normally takes five to seven days for a climber to climb up.
From 3000 meters and higher, altitude sickness can strike, causing headaches, dizziness, and confusion. Cerebral edema (brain swelling) and even death may occur in severe situations.
Whim believes the individuals were able to overcome altitude sickness through a mix of training attention, breathing, and low-temperature training.
The expedition’s members, who ranged in age from 29 to 65, had no prior climbing expertise and several were suffering from rheumatism, asthma, and chrones disease.
‘Until today, the world felt that only I was capable of conquering severe cold and altitude,’ said Wim Hof, who sat in an ice bath for one hour 13 minutes to smash the world record.
‘These heroes have demonstrated that everyone can achieve what I’m doing.
‘People may use my approach to impact their mind and body, particularly their neurological system,’ says the author.
‘Over time, individuals have forgotten how much they can do with their own bodies and have grown reliant on medications and powders.
‘I want to show the world that they don’t always need such things and that they can achieve a lot more on their own.’
‘The common perception of altitude sickness has long been that it cannot be avoided, even with treatment. What more is feasible if individuals can handle this sickness on their own?’
Mr Hof believes that he can control his body’s temperature just with his mind.