Unfolding Maps


#5: The Power of the Cold – with “Iceman” Wim Hof

A fascinating journey into the power that the cold, deep breathing and commitment can unleash together: Wim Hof is known as the “Iceman”, the reason being that he is able to endure the cold to an extend that was believed to be physically impossible before.


Wim Hof has climbed Mount Everest to an altitude of 7.200 meters, dressed in nothing but shoes and shorts. He ran across the Namibian desert without water. And he has set up 26 official Guinness World Records, for example for

  • the farthest swim under ice, with a single breath
  • the farthest half marathon barefoot on ice and snow
  • the longest time in direct, full-body contact with ice, spending 1 hour and 53 minutes in ice water – while feeling good about it!


He has combined breathing exercises, mediation and ice baths into what he calls the Wim Hof Method, which he teaches all over the world. 


In this episode of Unfolding Maps, Wim talks about how he has discovered the power of the cold and why he believes, his method can help with things from strengthening physical health to fighting depression.

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#28: Euphoria and Terror – Crossing Antarctica with Felicity Aston MBE

“I just think back to that first time I got a proper look at Antarctica: There was something about the simplicity and the beauty and the perfectness of it all that made me want to scoop it all up and somehow contain it in me.”That's a quote from our guest, Polar explorer, Antarctic scientist, author, speaker and expedition leader Felicity Aston MBE. And that is exactly what she did: She preserved Antarctica (and the polar regions) within herself. She spent a continuous period of two and a half years (including two consecutive winters) at Rothera Research Station on the Antarctic Peninsula. These first experiences in Antarctica then led to numerous expeditions to remote places around the world (but particularly to the Polar Regions): She led record-breaking international teams to the North and South Poles, worked on a nuclear-powered icebreaker at the North Pole, led the first British Women’s crossing of Greenland, skied along a frozen river in Siberia, traversed the winter ice of Lake Baikal, raced in the Canadian Arctic, drove 35,000km across Eurasia to the coldest inhabited place in the world … and in 2012 she became the first woman to ski alone across Antarctica. It was a journey of 1744 km that took her 59 days to complete. With this, she set a world record. And she was not only the first woman to master this tour, but also the first person – male or female – to do so alone and with her own muscle power.Felicity reports on her experiences in four books and regularly produces articles for various publications in the UK and abroad. She has been elected Fellow of both the Royal Geographical Society in London and The Explorers Club in New York, and received many more awards.In this episode, she talks about the challenges she had to face during her Antarctic crossing – and the beauty of it all!