Screen Name Required

A screen name is required for sharing content on REI. Click here to create a screen name before continuing.

Set screen name

Frosty Thoughts for Frigid Times: Frostbite, Ice Climbing on Frozen Silos, Ice Fall in Yosemite

How cold is it in the northern U.S.? in Minneapolis, a high Monday of -2°F marked the first time in 4 years the city recorded a subzero high. Near Duluth, Minn., the town of (no fooling) Embarrass hit -36°F.

Chilling. A few thoughts:

1. Beware frostbite—dull, waxy skin that feels numb or tingly. Among the tips presented in a 2011 REI Blog post by John Hovey, an instructor with the Wilderness Medicine Institute of the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS):

  • Got badly chilled fingers? Use armpits, yours or a friend’s, as an initial reheating stash spot if no other options are available.

  • Iced-over toes? In an emergency, plant them on a willing companion’s belly—because the gut is central to the body’s heat-generating core. (Note: Anyone who would volunteer their tummy for such service is a most noble human.)

2. Icy conditions can turn Farmville into Adventuretown. Example: Ice climbing in the Midwest, on ice-coated silos.

Making vertical ascents on frosted silos is the happening thing in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. (Wednesday’s forecast high: 16°F.). Here University of Northern Iowa students climb for class credit, and kids as young as 10 climb just for fun. CNN reports:

3. Ice becomes a spectacle. Frozen spray from the upper tier of 2,425-foot Yosemite Falls in Yosemite National Park sometimes breaks loose on sunny days and makes an impact. Boom goes the waterfall:

Posted on at 9:15 AM

Tagged: Ice Climbing, Yosemite falls, frostbite and ice

Ratings and Comments

(0) (0)
write a comment
You already voted on this.
Log in to comment or rate.

Unable to Post Comment

We were unable to post your comment at this time. Your opinion matters, so please try again later.

Close
  • Most Recent
  • Most Commented

    No entries found

    No entries found