After being isolated for 500 days with no human interaction, a climber from Spain has finally emerged from a cave

On Friday, a mountain climber from Spain emerged from a cave in Granada after spending 500 days completely isolated from the outside world and with no human contact.

Beatriz Flamini, who hails from Madrid, climbed out of the Los Gauchos cave near Motril in southern Spain at around 9 a.m. local time.

Flamini entered the cave on November 21, 2021, as part of the Timecave project, which aimed to study the effects of isolation on the human body and mind.

She descended around 230 feet into the cave at the age of 48 and spent almost 17 months in complete isolation before emerging at the age of 50.

Her team would deliver food and other essentials to a designated spot for retrieval, but they never came into contact with Flamini.

During that time, she was constantly monitored by scientists — including psychologists, researchers and cave experts — but didn’t talk “to anyone but myself,” Flamini told reporters shortly after climbing out of the cave.

In her brief remarks, Flamini called her experience “excellent, unbeatable,” before excusing herself to take a much-needed shower.

“I haven’t touched water for a year-and-a-half,” she said. “I’ll see you in a little while. Is that OK with you?”

Efe, the Spanish state news agency, reported that due to a technical issue, Flamini had to suspend her experiment for eight days.

During that time, she resided in a tent but remained entirely secluded from other people. Spanish media described Flamini as an “elite athlete,” and her team noted that she consumed 60 books and approximately 1,000 liters of water during her isolation.

At a press conference held on Friday, Flamini shared that she was unaware of the Russian invasion of Ukraine because she felt as if she was still living on the day she entered the cave in late November 2021.

In a separate experiment, a team of 15 volunteers completed a 40-day isolation study in a cave in southwestern France about eight months before Flamini’s emergence.

This study was aimed at assisting researchers in comprehending how individuals can adapt to extreme environmental and living conditions.