winter

We Tested Waterproof Down By Jumping In A Frozen Lake

Down is the most effective, commonly available insulator known to man. So long as you keep it dry. But new hydrophobic down coatings promise to retain its warmth when wet. We tested that claim by cutting a hole in a frozen lake and jumping through it.


How To Survive An Avalanche

Want to have fun in the snow outside a ski resort? Then avalanches are going to be a huge risk. Thirty-five people were killed by them in the US last winter alone. But, with a little preparation, a few gadgets and some basic knowhow, they can be survivable.


Climbing Quebec's Frozen Waterfalls

Did you know that Quebec City has a waterfall that’s taller than Niagara? And did you know it freezes over every winter? And did you know you could climb it when it does? We just did that and here’s how you can too.


I Climbed The Windiest Mountain In The World, In Winter

The windiest mountain in the world isn’t in some far flung place, it’s in New Hampshire. Mt Washington’s winds can top 320km/h and its temperatures fall as low as -44C. During one of the coldest Februarys on record, we decided to climb it, along with the six other peaks that make up the Presidentials.


Recreate Your Favourite Calvin And Hobbes Comics With Tiny Snowman Molds

In the comics world, a little kid like Calvin can churn out a small army of miniature snowmen in a single afternoon. In reality, it takes a lot longer, and you’ll end up with a pair of freezing soaking wet gloves well before you’re finished. But if you have access to a 3D printer, you can make the process of building a tiny snowman army a lot easier with this simple plastic mould.


Reinforced Runners Ensure This Inflatable Sled Can Survive Icy Terrain

The same inflatable tube you use to lazily drift on the lake in the summertime works just as well on a snow-covered hill in the winter — until you hit a patch of rough icy terrain. Then the odds of it getting punctured are all but guaranteed. So the makers of the Airboard, a more purpose-built inflatable sled, have reinforced the underside so it’s stronger and slides even better.


When Fire Hose Water Freezes On A Smouldering Building

Briefly: Yesterday’s giant fire in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, left a paper records warehouse in tatters. While the building is still smouldering away, the New York Fire Department has been showering it with water from all sides. The cold winter air combined with a cascade of fire hose water makes for an icy freeze that is certainly a sight to behold.


The Many Haunting Forms Of Snow And Ice 

In light of today’s not-so-historic New York snowstorm, many of us have been left pondering the true nature of the white menace. Luckily, there are photographers like Paula McCartney who has made it her personal endeavour to reveal the many beautiful forms of snow and ice.


Meet An Icicle Farmer 

To most of us, icicles grow naturally, usually off the roofs of poorly insulated houses. But at Utah-based Ice Castles, man-made icicle farms are growing 15,000 icicles a day. How else do you think giant ice palaces get built? Welcome to the world of icicle farming.


These Mysterious Ice Pancakes Have Taken Over A Scottish River 

Weird thingshappen in the winter cold. At the River Dee in Scotland, that includes dozens of recently discovered “ice pancakes” floating on the river surface. Their strange shapes boggle the imagination, but rest assured, there’s an explanation for their existence.