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Records for climbing without food

Postby ajaysomani » Wed Dec 04, 2013 6:42 am

Hello everyone,

Do you know if anybody attempted to climb big mountains while fasting (just water + electrolytes, no food or calories in any form)? By Big mountains I mean something like Aconcagua which are at high altitude and base camp - summit round-trip is 2000+ meters. Is this a feasible/interesting objective in your opinion?
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Re: Records for climbing without food

Postby nartreb » Wed Dec 04, 2013 7:39 pm

Sounds pretty masochistic. I'm sure there are many cases of folks who ate little or nothing for a day or two, either because they were sick or because they became separated from their food by some kind of accident, and summitted anyway. I've not heard of anyone *planning* to climb a really big mountain that way, but it wouldn't completely surprise me. People try all kinds of boneheaded things.
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Re: Records for climbing without food

Postby surgent » Wed Dec 04, 2013 7:42 pm

What is the point to be proven? Your body will just cannibalize itself for the energy.

Are you suggesting perhaps someone engorge themselves before starting, then go without for the duration of the climb? For big climbs, I just don't see it as feasible.
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Re: Records for climbing without food

Postby Ben Beckerich » Wed Dec 04, 2013 7:46 pm

I'm sure someone's not eaten and tagged a big summit. It's not something anyone's likely to keep a record of. It's inconsequential to the climbing community, and would either be done as a side effect of AMS or for religious/spiritual purposes. None of which are of any historical value to the community.
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Re: Records for climbing without food

Postby Scott » Wed Dec 04, 2013 11:04 pm

Do you know if anybody attempted to climb big mountains while fasting (just water + electrolytes, no food or calories in any form)?


Yes, that's what Maurice Wilson did on his Everest attempt in 1934. He didn't survive.
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Re: Records for climbing without food

Postby dadndave » Sat Dec 07, 2013 2:57 am

Did a winter summit of Kosciuszko once after the rats at Seaman's Hut ate/contaminated all our food.

Does that count? :)
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Re: Records for climbing without food

Postby Josh Lewis » Sat Dec 07, 2013 4:54 am

Water and electrolytes is cheating! Now if your truly hard core about it, you'll go in with an appetite as well. 8)
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Re: Records for climbing without food

Postby Woodswalker » Sat Dec 07, 2013 12:45 pm

What's the point? What's wrong with food? I eat it every day!
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Re: Records for climbing without food

Postby Josh Lewis » Sat Dec 07, 2013 6:45 pm

Either to create a new list, or see what their bodies are made of when depleted of food. Totally not worth it if you ask me.
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Re: Records for climbing without food

Postby Jarpup » Sun Dec 08, 2013 12:27 am

Sounds pretty irresponsible.
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Re: Records for climbing without food

Postby Josh Lewis » Sun Dec 08, 2013 2:23 am

Next up, first person to bike to the summit of Mount Everest. Any takers?
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Re: Records for climbing without food

Postby TimB » Sun Dec 08, 2013 9:28 pm

I can climb 30 minutes without having food. A record? Perhaps. :D
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