Polar Dip

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Polar Dip | Lake Wenatchee, WA | 2007

Plungers strip down to their nuthins — bikinis or swim trunks — and pad barefoot through sleet to a jump spot at pier’s end. Brr. They pause a moment to assess their mental state (temporary insanity?), then leap into near-frozen Lake Wenatchee. Some years, they swim through ice floes to reach shore. It’s a public measure of willpower every Jan. 1 at the Jim Sophie Memorial Polar Bear Plunge. Again: Brr.

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