Author: Emily-Jane Cave

Meet the man who climbed Everest in shorts

Adventuring is all about mind over matter. Facing physical challenges and overcoming ‘can’t’ are essential parts of the growth mindset that spurs adventurers on. It’s what we do and what we love.

For ‘The Iceman’ Wim Hof, who’s spent the last 25 years developing a method for overcoming the effects extreme cold, even the body’s natural survival response can be overridden if you have the right approach.

From swimming 66m under the ice to climbing above camp three (7,200m) on Everest, the world’s highest peak, in nothing but a pair of shorts (sadly a foot injury, of all things, scuppered his attempt), the Dutch athlete has defied science for decades.

Check out some of his most extreme feats below and learn the secret behind his technique…