Wim Hof is a Dutch world record holder, adventurer and daredevil, commonly nicknamed the Iceman for his ability to withstand extreme cold. Hof holds twenty world records including a world record for longest ice bath (1 hour and 44 minutes in a bath of ice cubes filled to his chin).
Wim describes his ability to withstand extreme cold temperatures as being able to “turn his own thermostat up” by using his mind.
In 2009 Hof came up with a new challenge. He wanted to climb the 5,895 m high Mount Kilimanjaro wearing only shorts and sandals. He reached it’s top in February that year wearing near to nothing in temperatures of -15 degreees Celsius amazing Porters – that even had previously seen a ‘Penguin’ climb the mountain – as they had never before seen a person who could brave the mountains freezing temperature without proper mountain gear. Not even ‘Penguins’.
In similar fashion Wim Hof tried to climb Mount Everest wearing just shorts. About this – much criticised – attempt Hof said “Edmund Hillary’s ascent of Mount Everest was a testament to human achievement; my climb of Mount Everest in my shorts will be a monument to the frivolous,decadent nature of modern society.”
Hof made it to a very respectable height of 7400 m where he had to give up his summit attempt due to frozen toes. It seems even ‘the iceman’ is not made entirely of ice. He is however, not the only person to travel without pants.
In 2009 Hof completed a full marathon (42.195 kilometres (26.219 mi)), above the polar circle in Finland, in temperatures close to −20 °C (−4 °F). Dressed in nothing but shorts, Hof finished in 5 hours and 25 minutes.
He also swam 80 m under the ice of the North Pole setting a world record.
Wim Hof….Crazy or Kickass adventurer?!
At least we think he should be posting some of his barechested adventure travel photos to #TheToplessTour. It would make for some great addition to all the sunny and girly topless snapshots out there.