>A relative term. How cold is cold? It is hard to explain why some can endure (put up with) cold and others can’t, or perhaps more accurately, won’t.
“Are you crazy!!!???!!!” I hear that quite frequently, from my wife, co-workers and others. They look at me like I might have escaped from a mental health facility when I tell stories of winter camping. “Why would you do that?” they question. “I would NEVER do that, not in a million years”.
Really? Not in a million years? Well….that’s too bad. There is something about enduring cold and discomfort. It builds character for one, at least that is what I hear 😉 . Acquiring skills that few people possess to name two. Getting to see things that few ever do. When was the last time they witnessed the beauty from some mountaintop at 3am with the thermometer at -15f? They never have. They never will, and that is kind of sad, to me at least.
I am not sure why I find this stuff so appealing. To be sure, not a lot of fun is involved but rather the opportunity to see the un-seen. The little secrets that one may witness when in these unusual self-imposed situations.
Most important, or right up there near the top was the untouched, light as air powder. One run, nothing extreme or dangerous….. but it was all mine! Light and fluffy boys, light and fluffy….