January 29, 2008

Using the Mind to Brave the Cold

Tantric Master Breaks Ice Record in NYC

Sunday, January 27, 2008

(01-27) 11:03 PST New York (AP) --

A man who calls himself a tantric master broke his own world record by standing engulfed in ice for 72 minutes.

Wim Hof, 48, stood on a Manhattan street in a clear container filled with ice for an hour and 12 minutes Saturday.

Hof said he survives by controlling his body temperature through tantric meditation. Tantra is an Eastern tradition of ritual and meditation said to bring followers closer to their chosen deities.

Hof set the world record for full body ice contact endurance in 2004, when he immersed himself in ice for an hour and eight minutes.

Hof's feat kicked off BRAINWAVE, a five-month series of events in New York exploring how art, music, and meditation affect the brain.

(This version corrects Hof's old record to 68 minutes instead of 78 minutes
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

What's more, Hof:
- Ran a half Marathon (21 km) above the polar circle in Finland. He wore only a pair of shorts and no shoes. The ground (snow) temperature was 35 below.
- Hung between 2 hot air balloons by his middle finger at an altitude of 1500 meters. Once back inside the basket, Wim finished by climbing to the top of the balloon.
- In preparation for Mount Everest, Wim has already climbed Mont Blanc - in shorts.
Source: MountEverest.net

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Posted by mkreig at January 29, 2008 09:08 AM