Robert Bridgeman

Talk: Kilimanjaro in 48 hours

A talk by Robert Bridgeman: Kilimanjaro in 48 hours. 26 heroes established a world record by climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in 48 hours, dressed in shorts and without outerwear. Their leader: the famous Iceman, Wim Hof. At the summit it was –20˚C with only 50% the oxygen at sea level. How did they survive? This is a story about human potential. It shows how ordinary people are capable of much more than may be assumed. This story needs to be shared with the world! Watch the video below to get an idea of the expedition and the talk.

The Story

In January 2014, 26 men and women of different ages gathered at the foot of the highest standalone mountain in the world: Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. Except for the Iceman, Wim Hof , none of them had mountaineering experience. After 6 months of training they were determined to set a world record by climbing the mountain not in five to seven days, but in 48 hours, and without any acclimatization time. They were shirtless and dressed in shorts instead of in thick, warm mountaineering clothes. These 26 heroes were about to show the world the power of age-old meditation and yoga techniques that come together in the Wim Hof Method, a method that defies all medical rules, a method that teaches people to influence their body temperature, immune system, blood circulation, and much more.  No expedition medic wanted to join the mission, almost no company wanted to sponsor it, and the Dutch institute for mountaineering was sure people were going to die or at least be severely hurt on this seemingly irresponsible mission. But they did not die… they did not get hurt… All of them made it to the first summit, 24 of them even made it to the peak, and 11 of them made it shirtless, astonishingly in -20 degree Celsius weather and hard wind that constantly blew their body heat away. How did they do it? Why did nobody get hurt? How did they make it without getting altitude disease whereas regular climbers who summit in 5 to 7 days have a 40% drop-out rate? How were they able to withstand the freezing cold when half naked, and what was the impact on their lives after? This is the story of the 26 heroes who risked their lives to show mankind their true strength. A story of team spirit, unlocked human potential, and courage.

The science

Among the 26 expedition members were people with cancer, multiple sclerosis (MS), Crohn’s disease, and rheumatics. Anna joined even though her physician warned her 5 years earlier that she would end up in a wheelchair because of her MS. Henk joined even though his rheumatism made walking painful before he met the Iceman. Klaas joined even though he was 65 years old and had a history of heart conditions. All of them made it. They displayed how the right use of meditation and yoga techniques unlocks hidden human potential. Research proving the effectiveness of the Wim Hof Method was recently published in the scientific journal PNAS by a scientist at the Radboud University. See video: Duo presentation with Dr. Geert Buijze PhD

Duo presentation with Dr. Geert Buijze PhD

Robert Bridgeman and Dr. Geert Buijze PhD (the only medical doctor who dared to join the mission) also offer a duo presentation. Together they walked behind the group; their presentation shares many inspiring and beautiful anecdotes about the expedition and what happened along the way. Geert provides the scientific rationale and Robert describes the mental challenges which the participants faced along the way. You can book Robert, Geert or both speakers as a duo via this form. We will contact you as soon as possible.

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