Mark your calendar for New Year’s Day Polar Bear Plunge
CLARKSTON, WA —
What better way to kick off the Yew Year than jumping in a freezing cold river? That’s exactly what folks will be doing this Monday on New Year’s Day.
The Polar Bear Plunge has become a tradition, 17 years running, where folks brace the sub-freezing temperatures of the Snake River and jump in wearing just a thin layer of clothes.
Polar Bear Plunge organizer Jett Vallandingham said it may be cold, but this is the best way to ring in the New Year. “The plunge is cold when you jump in, but when you get out, the whole year you’re exhilarated.”
The Polar Bear Plunge is January first, and don’t be late. The jump is at noon. It’s free but the recommended age is ten plus.
Jett also recommends wearing a hat and shoes if you plan on jumping in, and also eating a good, high calorie breakfast. Those will all keep you warm, not too warm, but it’ll help nonetheless.