Tag: Gar Woods Polar Bear Swim

A Real Bear Of A Swim

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California. 27 years ago in the high alpine reaches of the Sierra Nevada Mountains between the American states of California and Nevada, discussions about winter swimming were tossed about and then began to get more lively. Given the fact that the discussions were held in an famed local drinking establishment, the

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Getting High On Winter Swimming

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California. Before the days of the International Winter Swimming Association and the International Ice Swimming Association, far far away from the Russian, Czech and Chinese centers for cold water swimming, outside the hallowed winter swimming venues of Boston and London, there are various pockets of winter swimming

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Mardi Gras In Mountains

The Gar Woods Polar Bear Swim always draw a colorful, eclectic crowd to its high-altitude, low-temperature swim. At an altitude of 6,229 feet (meters) of Lake Tahoe, the water temperature at 39°C (4°C) throughout the 250-yard swim feels especially cool. With a cut-off time of 20 minutes, a crowd gathers to see who is the fastest, the slowest and the most

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