Spanish extreme athlete Beatriz Flamini has emerged from a cave after spending an impressive 500 days without any human contact, possibly setting a new world record. Flamini entered the cave in Granada, southern Spain, at the age of 48, and completed the experiment that was closely monitored by scientists.
During her time in the 70m (230ft) deep cave, Beatriz Flamini kept herself occupied by exercising, drawing, and knitting woolly hats.
She managed to go through 60 books and consume 1,000 liters of water, as reported by her support team.
Although she was monitored by psychologists, researchers, and speleologists (experts in the study of caves), she had no contact with them.
When she finally emerged from the cave, footage on the Spanish station TVE showed her with a wide grin as she climbed out and hugged her team.
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Speaking shortly after, Beatriz Flamini described her experience as “excellent, unbeatable,” but admitted she was out of touch with what has been happening in the world.
Reporters pressed her for more details, but she responded: “I’m still stuck on November 21, 2021. I don’t know anything about the world.”
Flamini continued: “I’ve been silent for a year-and-a-half, not talking to anyone but myself,
“I lose my balance, that’s why I’m being held. If you allow me to take a shower – I haven’t touched water for a year-and-a-half – I’ll see you in a little while. Is that OK with you?”
Flamini revealed to reporters that she lost track of time after approximately two months inside the cave.
She mentioned that there was a moment when she had to stop counting the days, and estimated that she had been in the cave for around 160-170 days.
Flamini also shared that one of the challenging moments was when the cave was invaded by flies, leaving her covered.
Additionally, Flamini experienced said she “auditory hallucinations”, where her silent surroundings led her brain to create sounds.