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285: Surprising Benefits Of Cold Exposure and Extreme Altitude For Our Health And Mind With Scott Carney

Our ancestors crossed deserts, mountains, and oceans without even a whisper of what anyone today might consider modern technology.

Those feats of endurance now seem impossible in an age where we take comfort for granted. But what if we could regain some of our lost evolutionary strength by simulating the environmental conditions of our forebears?

In this episode, investigative journalist and anthropologist Scott Carney shares how he pushed his body and mind to the edge of endurance, a quest that culminated in a record-bending, 28-hour climb to the snowy peak of Mt. Kilimanjaro wearing nothing but a pair of running shorts and sneakers.

Also, he talks about the true connection between the mind and the body and reveals the science that allows us to push past our perceived limitations.


In this episode, you’ll learn:

– How a tragic suicide inspired Scott to start debunking gurus (7:19)

– The dark side of spirituality (9:00)

– Scott’s first impression of the Ice Man Wim Hof (12:00)

– Why cold exposure hurts so much if you’re not used to it (13:33)

– How we’ve lost our evolutionary strength through an increasing reliance on technology (16:18)

– How cold exposure leads to fat loss (21:10)

– What are the limits of human survival? (24:17)

– Why there may never been solid research on power of environmental conditioning (27:58)

– How to get started with cold exposure (even if you hate the cold) (34:12)

– The danger of ice baths and how you can avoid them (35:30)

– Why you need to go slow with environmental conditioning (40:00)

– How the Wim Hof Method works (45:48)

– Why an experiment with HIIT and the Wim Hof method didn’t work (48:20)

– The best way to learn the Wim Hof method (53:00)

– What Scott Learned from training with Laird Hamilton (the famous surfer) (55:00)

– What it was like climbing Mount Kilamanjaro in record time without a shirt on (59:18)

– Scott’s biggest lesson from writing his book (1:05:00)


Resources mentioned in this episode: 

What Doesn’t Kill Us


The Enlightenment Trap


Free Wim Hof Mini-Class


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