Wim Hof has certainly brought a new level of popularity to the practice of winter dipping. The appeal and benefit for me is partly how close we live to this big, beautiful lake; it's just down the hill and then there's the question, "Can we get in today?" The answer is almost always "YES!" Beyond the obvious visual appeal of the lake, there's the adventure, the endorphins, the head clearing, the challenge, the community, the defiance, the friendships, the reset, the triumph and the smiles. To go everyday satisfies a huge curiosity for me – What will the lake look like today? And what tools do we need to get in?
How's dipping different now than it was three years ago?
How has the dipping community grown over the years?
What's your favorite part about the dipping community?
My favorite part about this crazy community of dippers is we're all on the same page. It's just seamless – "Let's go. Let's do this. I'm in! Good lord! Breathe! I'm out!" – and it's all good. So many have found the benefits and then it becomes a little bit of an obsession; you crave it. And luckily, it's pretty easy to quiet the desire to go in; you just take a break, and head to the lake. Like a zombie with arms stretched out and swirly eyes, I feel like that's what I must look like at times.