Are you bored of skiing the same slopes every year? Are you looking for a little more wintry adventure in your life? Well we’ve got just the book for you — one guaranteed to sprinkle a little more excitement on your next frosty foray.
Below Zero, from Gestalten, is packed full of the best and most memorable ways to enjoy arctic temperatures. From ice climbing to cold water surfing, this is a tome for the more daring among us — and those willing to travel outside drizzly Britain to more blizzardy climes.
Compiling adventures from locales covered in constant blankets of snow, read up on everything from white-knuckled, adrenaline-fuelled pursuits, to the more chilled-out (literally) activities on offer — from ice swimming to taking a dip in the hot springs of Alaska.
Baffin Island, the fifth largest island in the world just off the coast of Canada, sent shivers down our spine in particular. Vast, deserted and a frozen paradise just waiting to be explored, it’s a tempting tundra for any would-be adventurers.
The whole book’s the same. While looking through this incredible collection of experiences, the images transport you to the frozen wastelands and snowy plains where you can almost feel the icy winds and sub-zero temperatures. Even from the safety of the pages, the possibilities are palpable — even if the frostbite is not.
Two adventurers ski across a frozen lake. A pair camping while dangling half-way up a cliff face. Explorers ski-kite across the landscape. These are trips far from a package deal in the sun, and if they don’t inspire you to try something new, we don’t know what will.
If that trip doesn’t get your teeth chattering, then maybe cold water surfing off the coast of South Korea might do the trick? The host of the 2018 Winter Olympics is no stranger to cold weather sports — but heading out to catch some waves while snow falls around you is extreme even for the bravest of us.
So, if testing your mettle in the icy limits of the world seems like something you’d love to do — or if you’re just in the market for some icicle-tipped wanderlust — then we recommend picking up a copy of Gestalten’s coldest offering. While this book might not get you to a frosty paradise it could always work as an excellent ice breaker….
Below Zero: Adventures Out in the Cold
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