It’s cold out there! Well, maybe not as cold as it has been in the mid-west in recent weeks. Apparently, in Chicago someone put a bottle of room-temperature water outside and it froze in 7 seconds! (There are videos, seriously.) I feel very, very fortunate to not be in the middle of a snow, ice, or freezing-front right now. While warm in your bed, or in front of a fireplace, take a look at some of these books or movies and appreciate the power of nature and the physical and mental strength it can take to withstand elemental perils.
Into Thin Air, by Jon Krakauer – Climb into this enthralling account of danger, death, and survival on Mt. Everest.
Pickets and Dead Men, by Bree Loewen – You will laugh at the hilarious – and often shocking – world of a female park ranger in Washington’s Mount Rainer National Park.
Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage, by Alfred Lansing – Follow Sir Ernest Shackleton on his famous odyssey of exploration through brutal Antarctic waters and ice, and the expedition team’s epic struggle for survival.
One Man’s Wilderness: an Alaskan Odyssey, by Richard Proenneke and Sam Keith - Through journal entries and photographs, Keith pieces together and retells the day-to-day life and reflections of Proenneke’s thirty years of living in the Alaskan wilderness. Truly a reflective and contemplative look at wilderness, nature, solitude, and life.
The Snow Child, by Eowyn Ivey – Based on a Russian fairy tale, this enchanting novel tells the story of couple in Alaska during the 1920’s who long for nothing more than a child to help them through the bitter cold and loneliness of their life on an isolated farmstead. This book was a runner up for the Pulitzer Prize.
Ice Station Zebra, by Alistair MacLean – Submarines! Chilling arctic waters! Thrilling suspense of sabotage and murder!
A Reliable Wife, by Robert Goolrick – Enter the cold, relentless winter of Wisconsin in 1909 and into the chilling depths of a husband and wife’s plans of deceit and seduction.
The Long Winter, by Laura Ingalls Wilder – Considered by many to be the best book in the Little House on the Prairie series, this story follows the life-threatening hardships of a family and community during a brutally long winter and the haunting experience of starvation.
And, if you want a quick and entertaining fix, try some of these fun, frosty movies: