Hof began a lifelong quest to see just how far his abilities
would take him. In January of 1999 he traveled 100 miles north of
the Arctic Circle to run a half-marathon in his bare feet. Three
years later, dressed only in a swimsuit, he dove under the ice at
the North Pole and earned a Guinness World Record for the longest
amount of time swimming under the ice: 80 meters, almost twice the
length of an Olympic-sized pool.
When he didn't experience frostbite or hypothermia, the body's
usual reactions to extreme cold, his extraordinary ability started
to get the attention of doctors who specialize in extreme
Dr. Ken Kamler, author of “Surviving the Extremes,” has treated
dozens of people who tried to climb Mount Everest, and instead
nearly died from the frigid temperatures. He couldn't believe it
when he got word of a Dutchman making the ascent with no protection
other than a pair of shorts.
into Darkness, Iceman
on Everest: ‘It Was Easy’
This is for Wlofie, who's had to endure the
asphalt-melting weather here in Lower Sheol.
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