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Climber Spends 500 Days in a Cave

Beatriz Flamini has reemerged after purposely living in a cave for a record time

Beatriz Flamini, 50, an accomplished alpinist and 5.13 climber, just spent 500 days living in a cave just outside of Granada. She had no contact with the world outside, celebrated two birthdays underground and was being studied by scientists during her time away.

She entered the cave on Nov. 20, 2021, saying on her Instagram post (below) that she’d reappear in April or May 2023. When she went into the cave, the pandemic was rampant, Queen Elizabeth II was alive and the Ukraine war hadn’t started.

She said the experience was “excellent, unbeatable,” and that the time flew by. “When they came in to get me, I was asleep. I thought something had happened. I said: ‘Already? Surely not.’ I hadn’t finished my book.”

Flamini stayed busy working out and painting, saying that she read 60 books and drank 1,000 litres of water in 500 days. About leaving early, she said, “Never. In fact I didn’t want to come out.”