Poland’s Mountain Rescue (GOPR) rescued a group of seven foreigners who decided to test their mettle and conquer Poland’s southwestern “Śnieżka” peak wearing just shorts.
The group of daredevils from the Netherlands, UK, Sweden, France and Ireland was picked up by the mountain rescue from mountain refuge in Równia at “Śnieżka’s” foot. According to the rescuers, the tourists revealed signs of hypothermia and three persons were extremely exhausted.
Despite the bad state of their health, the mountainers refused to be medically examined and allowed only first aid to be administered.
The GOPR’s Ryszard Jędrecki told Poland’s national broadcaster (TVP) that this was not the first incident of this type, as another winter swimmer contacted the GOPR asking about weather conditions the same day that the international group has been rescued.
Cold exposure has been gaining in popularity as a means of toughening one’s character, improving immunity and deriving satisfaction from stepping outside one’s comfort zone, especially with charismatic proponents such as Wim Hof, also called “the Iceman”.
In 2007 Mr Hof climbed to 7,200 m feet altitude at Mount Everest wearing nothing but shorts and shoes but failed to reach the summit due to a recurring foot injury. Mr Hof broke the ice endurance record in 2011 by standing fully immersed in ice for 1 hour, 52 minutes, and 42 seconds in NYC. He also performed other feats, such as swimming under ice and running through a desert only in his shorts.
Mr Hof revealed many times that the secret of his endurance lies within a breathing technique that he developed himself and teaches it to anyone willing to increase his or her immunity to cold.
It remains unknown whether the group picked up from the foot of “Śnieżka” used Whim Hof method.