Re: For Mike Poole!!!!!!


This is an answer to WAD, who asked what it was like to go skinny dipping in the middle of winter in Antarctica. Some photo’s can be found on Polar Plunge in the photo albums on the left. As to what it was like? Surprising, after you cut through the ice to get to liquid water you find that the water temperature is something like 29 degrees farenheight. The outside air temperature was below zero and the windchill was something like minus 50. That meant the water temperature was a lot warmer than the air. I got undressed in a little warm-up shack they set up near the hole. With a blanket wrapped around me, I walked the hundred feet to the hole. The walk wasn’t that bad as there just wasn’t enough time to feel the cold. Jumping in the water was cold but still not as bad as I thought it would be. The shock came as I climbed the icy ladder out of the water and hit the wind while soaking wet and naked. About halfway back to the warmup shack the ice began to freeze on my head and I was thinking that this was the stupidest thing I had ever done in my life. However within 30 seconds I was back in a warm shack with lots of people to share the experience with. The stove/heater was turned up full and I was warm again in a flash. All in all it was great fun. Would I do it again? I don’t know. Once was enough to say I did it. With the right group of people I’d do it again,but more for the comraderie winterover friends than a need to feel cold.