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I love it when its below zero. Its so silent, so crisp, so crystal. It is a temple. I don't always move though. I've found it to be an excellent time to meditate outside as well, especially on clear moonlit nights. Bundled up of course.
It kind of bugs me when I see articles that say "yeah, you can do this." Extreme cold, like extreme heat, is nothing to screw around with. You really need to know what you're doing--what to wear, what to bring along. If you're running when it's really cold and you twist an ankle badly, you're not running any more. So you're not generating heat. I admit, it can be a deep experience when it works--the woods are quiet, the snow's falling and you're kind of proud that you can be way out in the middle of nowhere to experience it. But I think you have to work your way into it. You can't just go to REI, buy a bunch of gear and go get your rush. Talk to the search-and-rescue guys... This blog has had a couple of cases in the last year where folks figured they could make it and couldn't.
Whatever they say, I don't like to run when it's below 15 degrees out. Hurts my lungs, hurts my face, my legs feel stiff. Just not fun. Skiing at 0 or 5 or 15, though, is OK - it's easier to layer for skiing than for running, I think.
Yeah, you should be prepared for what you're getting into. I don't think the article was telling people who don't already run 4+ times a week to hit the trails in 10-degree weather.And I'm with Andy, you can be perfectly geared up, but if you're miserable, what's the point? Find something you can do safely that's fun.
Wusses. When it hits 15 below I go naked. And I bear my scars and shortened appendages with pride. Okay some were already short. But still.
Oh, you do have fun up on that mountain, don't you, Zen. Would a winter up there toughen me up?
I don't know if it would toughen you up. But it might tenderize you. :0)Refreshing, the wind against the waterfall;The moon hangs a lantern on the peak,And the bamboo window glows. In old age mountainsAre more beautiful than ever.My resolve:That these bones be purified by rocks. - Jakushitsu (14th century)
PS - I enjoy your avatar.
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