It is said that life is full of challenges, and yet, the human spirit is capable of overcoming any obstacle. From the depths of despair to the heights of joy, we have seen time and time again that human beings have the capacity to endure and prevail in the face of adversity. 

This list is a tribute to those brave individuals who have endured long, punishing ordeals in order to achieve something greater. From the depths of a cave to the icy Arctic, these people have demonstrated remarkable resilience and courage in the face of extreme adversity. From digging tunnels to living in caves, these brave individuals have gone above and beyond to achieve the impossible. 

These 12 stories of courage and determination will surely inspire you to face your own challenges with strength and optimism. So, without further ado, let us take a look at 12 times people endured long, punishing ordeals.

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