This is the kind of thing we get when we sauna in temperature extremes:
- “It takes a couple extra sticks of firewood, that’s for sure.”
- “I notice my door sticks, condensation builds.”
- “I love the feeling of my hair freezing.”
- “I usually wear a bathrobe for between sauna rounds.”
- “I can’t get enough of that cool misty feeling in my changing room. It’s like some mountain Hawaii waterfall valley or something. It feels awesome!”
Sauna in more temperate climates are fine. But saunas in Nature, in temperature extremes, allow us (as The War On Drugs say) a “Deeper Understanding.” Wim Hof explains here, how we, as humans have become soft because we have evolved to shield ourselves from temperature extremes. We go from warm house to warm car to warm office. We temper our showers “ewww, that’s too cold” and temper our lives to a point that we have lost control of our physiology.
Many have thrown in the towel to cold weather. To them, I challenge: “you have become soft.” These folks have regressed to the mean with their tails between their legs. Sure they can boast about their “perfect weather” yet I would argue that weather extremes are our perfect weather.
We don’t have to sauna in lame ass health club saunas, then stand like fools by the health club pool, never fully cooling down, and then go shower in lame ass health club showers, then get dressed and go home. For those of us really into sauna, we can carve out a corner in our backyards and feel Nature with a capital N, by creating our own backyard sauna retreats.
Welcome to hard nature. Welcome to temperature extremes. Welcome to a Deeper Understanding.