14 Winter Images to turn You into Ice

Winter is coming (because it’s surely not here yet). Get your frozen-weather fix right here.

Winter may be a bit late coming this year (especially in Europe!), so we thought we’d share a few of our favourite snow-inspired images.

From ice climbing in some unexpected places to camping in the snow, here’s a few ways to have some winter fun!

 

1.Climbing (man-made) ice

Climbing the Harbin ice.

 

The Harbin Ice Festival sees incredible man-made constructions out of ice – statues, sculptures, even buildings. And if it goes up, why not climb it?

© Franz Walter

2.Rocking the ice

Stephanie Maureau bouldering on the ice.

 

Stephanie Maureau on an ice-bouldering route under the Mer de Glace, the glacier on the Mt Blanc Massif.

© Lukasz Warzecha

3.Above the clouds

Andrzej Bargiel hiking up the Kasprowy Wierch.

 

Andrzej Bargiel approaches the top of “Kasprowy Wierch”, high above the clouds in Tatry. The ski down is certain to be much faster than the climb up.

© Marcin Kin

4.Hanging out

Gordon McArthur climbing over rocks and ice at the Bull River Canyon in Canada.

 

Overhanging and overheating. Gordon McArthur, during a challenging mixed route in Bull River Canyon, BC, Canada.

© Lukasz Warzecha

5.Edging on ice

Andrzej Bargiel skiing on a iceberg in Tibet.

 

Wanna see how sharp the edges on your skis are? Andrzej Bargiel has a (not so?) fun way to find out – hanging out on the side of a small hill of rock-hard ice in the Himalayas. Dangerous? Less dangerous than other places he’s probably done this.

© Marcin Kin

6.Lighting the ice

Light shining through ice.

 

Ice and light combine to create an incredible, surreal image.

© Getty Images/Flickr RF

7.Crystal clear

The sun shining through ice at the Lake Baikal.

 

The sun shining through ice at the Lake Baikal. The lake – one of the consistently coldest in the world – is nearly entirely devoid of plant or animal life, meaning it produces crystal clear ice as seen above.

© Getty Images

8.Waterfall of the Gods

Cold water flowing down the Godafoss waterfall in Iceland.

 

The Godafoss – one of the most famous waterfalls in Iceland – in mid-winter. It’s name literally means ‘waterfall of the gods’, and it’s over 12m high and 30m wide.

© Getty Images

9.Cold caving

Male ice climber exploring the ice cave.

 

An ice climber explorers a very cold – and possibly old – cave, likely inside a glacier.

© Getty Images

10.Blue hole

Icicles hanging down but you can still see the sky.

 

This is somewhere you don’t want to fall down – unless you’ve got a pair of ice axes and crampons to climb out with.

© Getty Images/Flickr Open

11.Biking the blue wall

Biking behind blue frozen waterfall

 

Haven’t heard of ‘fat bikes’? They’re the easiest way to go biking where one normally would ride there skis. Where is this frozen waterfall? It’s a secret.

© Getty Images

12.Camping in the cold

The sun is rising over the camp in Nepal.

 

Camp 1 in Manaslu, Nepal, in October, 2014. 5,800m of altitude. Some places in the world aren’t lacking for snow – ever.

© Marcin Kin

13.Cracking the climb

Pawel Karczmarczyk ice climbing high above in Rjukan.

 

Pawel Karczmarczyk in Rjukan. Ice climbing is about knowing how to use your tools. A solid swing of his ice axe sends cracks spider-webbing out into the ice block.

© Marcin Kin

14.Himalaya sunset

Sunset over the Himalaya

 

Sunsets aren’t all about the beach. The day draws to a close in Tibet. Get a good night’s rest, for tomorrow brings more adventure!

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