Beatriz Flamini Spent 500 Days In A Cave — For Science
Listen to Article
We all need to spend time alone once in a while. But Beatriz Flamini took things to a whole new level. The Madrid, Spain, resident spent 500 days alone in a cave 230 feet (70 meters) underground. Flamini was 48 years old when she went into isolation and 50 when she emerged from the cave on April 14, 2023. The extreme athlete took up the challenge to test her mental strength. She also wanted to help scientists explore the effects of isolation on the human body and mind.
Flamini entered the cave outside Granada, Spain, on November 20, 2021. She carried two Go Pro cameras to document her underground stay, 60 books, and some art and craft supplies. A team of volunteers supported the ambitious expedition by regularly dropping off food, fresh clothes, and water near the cave's entrance. They also used the daily video recordings to monitor Flamini's physical and mental condition.
About 300 days into the challenge, Flamini was forced to leave the cave due to a technical issue. She spent eight days in a tent in complete isolation before returning to resume her quest.
Flamini spent her days exercising, preparing meals, reading, knitting, and drawing. She says she completely lost her sense of time after about two months and was stunned when a support crew member came to retrieve her after 500 days.
"I was sleeping—or at least dozing—when they came down to get me," she told The Guardian. "I thought something had happened. I said: 'Already? No way.' I hadn't finished my book."
Flamini may have set a new world record for the longest time spent in a cave alone. But the feat has not been confirmed by the Guinness World Records. They are still investigating whether voluntarily staying in a cave is a separate record and whether or not Flamini has broken it.
The current record for "longest time survived trapped underground" is held by 33 South American miners. They were forced to spend 69 days in a collapsed mine before being rescued in 2010.
Resources: Smithsonianmagazine.com, BBC.com, NPR.com
Get the Workbook for this article!Workbook contains: Article, Reading Comprehension, Critical Thinking Questions, Vocabulary in Context (+ answers), Multiple Choice Quiz (+ answers), Parts of Speech Quiz (+ answers), Vocabulary Game (+ answers)
Learn Keywords in this Article
- disneytourguide10 daysThats so cool!
- hashtagswifty5410 daysI WOULD NEVER BE ABLE TO DO THAT!
- hearts4em10 daysWow
- jordann10 daysShe’s brave i could never
- kobe7714 daysi love caves
- madt12316 daysI would DIE in the cave! HOW DID SHE DO THAT!!!
- kat_the_great10 daysMe too!!! I can barely camp for one night!!!
- aloha_paradise15 daysI think the same way as you madt123!
- aloha_paradise16 daysNever in a million years will I ever do that!!
- summer-destiny17 daysI would probably only be there for an hour and then leave
- vonynuguwutu18 daysi could never do that
- 1975419 daysI definately could not last that long