Frozen Dead Guy Days 2012…Day 3
The Polar Plunge
I knew this day was coming. After watching and photographing the Polar Plunge last year I mentioned to my son that it might be cool to actually participate. Somehow that planted a seed and today I found myself standing in the Polar Plunge line wearing shorts on a windy 25 degree day with Hunter by my side.
I am not a Polar Plunger. I love water but I like it hot and preferably with jets. This water was neither warm, nor bubbly.
It was just cold…Damn Cold
Normally there’s a warming tent to put your clothes on or take them off but thanks to the previous days wind, there was no tent. As much as that sucked in the end it didn’t matter.
The eager folks standing in line were there to get wet and tent or no tent it was gonna happen.
This was the first person to take the plunge.
So here’s Hunter and I.
The plan was to wear our Rockies jerseys, walk up to the hole cut in the ice, dip our toes in the water, assume a Tebow position and then fall backwards into the frigid water.
We executed perfectly except I forgot to dip my toe in the water.
Soon as I hit the water my mind went totally blank for a few seconds.
My first thought was…”F..ck this water is cold”.
My second thought was…”I need to get to the edge now”.
I was extremely proud of Hunter. He was right there with me and showed absolutely no fear…That kinda scares me.
At this point I realized I didn’t have my hat. As cold as I was I’d have jumped back in for that hat.
Lucky for me I could see it floating behind the paramedic.
Here’s the video of Hunter and I doing the plunge.
These were the Star Wars plungers.
Here the battle on video.
If you’ve never done the Frozen Dead Guy Days Polar Plunge it needs to be on your bucket list. I’ve checked that one off and don’t think I’ll ever need to do it again. I’ll stick to taking pictures of other brave participants
Next up for us was the Coffin Races.
We had a spot by the finish line so my pictures are of the racers as they crossed the finish line.
So who was the winner??
The Pink Socks had the best time and won the Coffin Race for the third year in a row. This team is tight and they’re really something to watch in action.
I’m “D” The Ranter and I did it 🙂
That’s it for Frozen Dead Guys 2012…See you next year…If you dare.
Frozen Dead Guy Days 2012…Day 2
Wind vs The Will to Party
Weather wise today was a fregg’n mess. Mother Nature decided she couldn’t give us mountain folk a break for even one day and Nederland was pummelled by vicious sub-zero winds the entire day.
The winds were so cold that the Polar Plunge and Coffin Races had to be postponed until Sunday for fear of someone getting blown out of a coffin during the race, or the Polar Plungers turning into human popsicles.
I know postponing these events was a tough call for event organizers to make because so many people were planning on driving up for this.
It was totally a safety issue and they did the right thing by rescheduling.
I guess the thing that ticked off some folks was they had been informed that the Parade of Hearses, Polar Plunge and Coffin Races had been moved to Sunday. That was what I thought too until Hunter and I went to the Teen Center to register for the Polar Plunge and we were informed that the Parade of Hearses would be taking place at noon as originally scheduled.
Hunter and I hurried home to pick up the rest of the crew so we could get down to Main Street in time to watch the Parade.
Start of the Parade of Hearses.
Normally all of the Coffin Race teams participate in the Parade. Today only a couple of teams braved the sub-zero winds. The Parade this year was much smaller than it normally is. A combination of weather and mis-information I believe.
Below is Demon Dawg, he’s a member of the Society of Funeral Coaches. He’s dressed as Jackal from 13 ghosts.
The Ice King and Queen of 2012.
Hunter and I are still doing the Polar Plunge at 1pm Sunday..Mother Nature permitting.
I’m “D” The Ranter…No I didn’t get frostbite, but I could have 🙂
Frozen Dead Guy Days Opening Ceremonies
This isn’t a huge event but it is the official start of Frozen Dead Guy Days. This took place at 7pm at the round about in Nederland. The Mayor of Nederland and Amanda Macdonald(the new local owner of FDGD) were present to kick off the festivities for this year.
Not a huge crowd, but the wind was kick’n and it was below zero with the windchill.
The popping of the poppers.
A cold weather dance from the world-famous Skeleton Dancers.
That was it. We haul’d ass back to the truck.
Frozen Dead Guy Days is roll’n.
Time to get your freak on, just keep that freak warm.
Unfortunately the wind has messed up some of the festivities for Saturday.
The Polar Plunge and Coffin Races have been moved to the same time on Sunday due to the crappy weather.
Sunday is supposed to be much nicer.
I’m “D” The Ranter and now I have another day to think about the Polar Plunge.
Good Times 🙂
ATTENTION…THE FROZEN DEAD GUY POLAR PLUNGE AND COFFIN RACE HAS BEEN CHANGED FROM SATURDAY TO SUNDAY DUE TO HIGH WINDS AND EXTREME WINDCHILL TEMPERATURES
ALL SATURDAY INDOOR ACTIVITIES WILL STILL BE AT THE SAME TIME.
GRANDPA BREDO IS OK WITH THIS.
It’s that time of year again. The time where my tiny town of Nederland turns into a mountain freak show of epic proportions.
All for a guy who isn’t even around to appreciate the big fuss over him.
This year instead of only photographing I plan on participating in the festivities.
Hunter and I will be testing our manhood(or shrinking it) as we plan to see what it’s like to be a human popsicle in the Polar Plunge.
I’ll be wear’n my Ranter jersey of course.
Of all the Frozen Dead Guy Day activities I love to photograph the Polar Plunge the most. It’s the facial expressions of the brave (mildly crazy/intoxicated), folks as they enter the frigid water that I dig. In my photographic absence Mike the Rox Addict will be getting all of our “Nippy Dip” on film…Thanks Mike.
Us hang’n by Grandpa’s Tuff Shed in 2009
Below is a list of all the activities for the weekend and a link to the official website.
If you’ve never been to Nederland this is the perfect opportunity. Be respectful up here and leave your dogs at home as there are just too many people here in too small of a space.
Friday – March 2
|3:00pm – 8:00pm||The fun starts in the ReAnimate Yourself Beer Tentin Chipeta Park • Microbrew beer from Avery and Left Hand specialty Corpse Revivers & Grandpa’s Spirit drinks• Live Musicall weekend long.• Grandpa’s Gift Shop & food vendors.|
Sponsored by:4:00pm and 6:00pm
Frozen Dead Guy Chocolate Tour! Tour to the Tuff Shed where Grandpa resides. Reservations $30, $35 day of if available, tours start location TBD more info7:00pmFrozen Dead Guy Days Opening Ceremony in Nederland’s roundabout with the famous Skeleton Dancers and unveiling of a Snow Sculpture by Cool Hand Carvers8:00pm – 2:00am
Grandpa’s Blue Ball Black Forest Restaurant Ice Queen & Grandpa Look a Like costume contest for great prizes ($10 entry fee)
Featuring: The Big Blue Ball Band, fusion of Nederland’s world class finest musicians, NoGo Gilbilles & The Square Groupers Tickets $12 at the door day of; pre-sale $10 on line or in person at Dog House Videos in Nederland till 2/29/12
Purchase $10 Blue Ball Ticket online
10:00pmLIVE MUSIC – area restaurants and bars.
Saturday – March 3
8:00am – 11:00amEvent Day Registration for the Parade of Hearses, Polar Plunge & Coffin Races. Event day registration for the coffin races, polar plunge and parade will begin at 8am at the Teen Center located at the east end of First Street at Barker Reservoir. All participants must sign a waiver and get waiver wrist band.10:00am & 4:00pmFreeze Frame Your Dead Guy Days ExperienceGet you photo taken with Grandpa at The Business Connection 1 block W of the traffic circle
Also Dead Guy Day postcards available as events happen! Dead Guy Day masks and helium balloons too!
10:30am & 2:30pm Cryogenic Work Shop at Wild Bear Mountain Ecology Center Stop by Wild Bear Mountain Ecology Center to meet Professor Cryo! She is such a wacky scientist and will be performing magic at the Center! We will hammer nails with bananas, shatter beautiful flowers, and make ice cream with nitrogen! Come on over for the fun and enjoy the delicious treat and bid in the silent auction.Saturday Tours: 10:00am 2:00pm 4:00pm Frozen Dead Guy Chocolate Tour! Tour to the Tuff Shed where Grandpa resides. Reservations $30, $35 day if available, tours start location TBD more info8:00am – 11:00am Sponsored by:
FDGD Pancake Breakfast at the Community Center Pancakes and more! Eggs and sausage, coffee and juice will be served alongside all you can eat pancakes for the whole family. Warm your belly for your day outdoors!11:00am – 8:00pm
Brain Freezer Tent First Street Rocks at the Brain Freezer tent with Avery and Lefthand serving up beer and Specialty Corpse Reviver and Grandpa Spirit drinks. And don’t forget the Live Music.11:00am – 8:00pm
Grandpa’s Mall CrawlDowntown Nederland
Nederland’s First Street will be transformed into a pedestrian mall so revelers can enjoy music in the Brain Freezer tent, street performers and participate in brain freezing, frozen t-shirt contests, icy turkey bowling and more.
11:00am-8pmThe fun continues at the ReAnimate Yourself Beer Tentin Chipeta Park • Microbrew beer from Avery and Left Hand, specialty Corpse Reviver and Grandpa’s Spirit drinks • Live Music all weekend long. • Grandpa’s Gift Shop & food vendors.
11:00am – 4:00pm
Grandpa’s in the Tuff Shed Black Forest Restaurant Watch the award-winning Grandpa’s in the Tuff Shed short film. Shows approximately every 30 minutes. The Black Forest Restaurant is right behind the Shopping Center.NoonParade of Hearsesstarts the Nederland Teen Center and goes up First Street.
Check in and parade start will be at the Nederland Teen Center
Registration and Rules
1:00pm – 2:00pmCharity Polar Plunge in Chipeta Park Take the freezin’ plunge! RC Rental is providing a warming tent & changing area. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Nederland Fireworks Fund.
$20 Entry Fee Registration and Rules
Funny Films for Funeral Planning is a collection of comedy movie and TV scenes about funerals, cremation, and cryonics! Gail Rubin, presents must-know-NOW details before anyone kicks the bucket and hosts The Newly-Dead Game, quizzing couples on how well they know each other’s last wishes. Sign up to play, located in the Black Forest Restaurant – come for a snack and a break from the cold!
2:00pm – 3:30pmCoffin Races at Chipeta Park 30 teams race with a coffin and ‘corpse’ in tow race through a course full of obstacles, mud, snow, playground slides. Who will be the first cross the finish line?
Coffin Race Registration has been closed.We have a full field. Download rules and waiver. All Teams must check in at the Teen Center before 11am on the day of the race.
PRIZES FOR 1ST, 2ND & 3RD PLACE, BEST COSTUME & MOST FDGD SPIRIT
3:00pm – 5:00pm Sponsored by:
Wild Mountain Icy Turkey Bowling Test your Poultry Bowling Skills in the Ice Turkey Bowling Contest…In front of Wild Mountain Smokehouse and Brewery 70 East First Street3:00pm – 4:00pmBrain Freeze Contest Ooowwwweee!!! Be a Brain Freezer in front Brain Freezer Tent on First Street Contestants race against each other to finish downing frozen treats for great prizes5:00pm Sponsored by: Pioneer Inn’s Frozen T-shirt Contest How fast can you “get it on” at the Pioneer Inn Frozen T-shirt Contest, for great prizes. The Pioneer Inn (15 E. 1st Street)6:30pm – 1:00amGrandpa’s Pub Crawl, featuring Live Musicat local pubs and bars.
Sunday – March 4
8:00am – 11:00am Sponsored by:
FDGD Pancake Breakfast Pancakes and more! Eggs and sausage, coffee and juice will be served along side all you can eat pancakes for the whole family. Warm your belly for your day outdoors! At the Nederland Community Center10:00am & 4:00pmFreeze Frame Your Dead Guy Days ExperienceGet you photo taken with Grandpa at The Business Connection 1 block W of the traffic circle
Also Dead Guy Day postcards available as events happen! Dead Guy Day masks and helium balloons too!
10:30am & 2:30pm Cryogenic Work Shop at Wild Bear Mountain Ecology Center Stop by Wild Bear Mountain Ecology Center to meet Professor Cryo! She is such a wacky scientist and will be performing magic at the Center! We will hammer nails with bananas, shatter beautiful flowers, and make ice cream with nitrogen!
Come on over for the fun and enjoy the delicious treat and bid in the silent auction. Wild Bear is in the lower level of the Shopping Center.
Sunday Tours: 10:00am 1:00pm 3:00pm Frozen Dead Guy Chocolate Tour! Tour to the Tuff Shed where Grandpa resides. Reservations $30, $35 day if available tour start is at Buffalo Bills In the Shopping Center. (101 Hwy 119) more info11:00am – 6:00pmLast Day but by no means the least fun at the ReAnimate Yourself Beer Tent in Chipeta Park • Microbrew beer from Avery and Left Hand specialty Corpse Reviver and Grandpa’s Spirit drinks • Live Musiccontinues • Grandpa’s Gift Shop & food vendors.
11:00am – 8:00pm
Brain Freezer Tent First Street is still rockin’ at the Brain FreezerTent with Avery and Lefthand serving up beer and Specialty Corpse Reviver and Grandpa Spirit drinks. And more Live Music.11:00am – 2:00pm Sponsored by:
Salmon Toss & Sunday Brunch at the Sundance Cafe Furthest Toss wins the prize. Come by Anytime! 1 mile South of Nederland on HWY 119
NEW this year!
Snowy Beach Volleyball at Chipeta Park Speed tournament, 8 teams, first come, first serve! Great Prizes! Tourney being run by Boulder Sport and Social Club. 11:00am – 4:00pm
Grandpa’s in the Tuff Shed Black Forest Restaurant Watch the award-winning Grandpa’s in the Tuff Shed short film. Shows approximately every 30 minutes. The Black Forest Restaurant is right behind the Shopping Center11:00am – 12:00pm Sasquatch Investigations Of The Rockies to speak at Voodoo Toys The SIR will be giving a talk at Voodoo Toys on their organization, research and findings.
Lower level of the Shopping Center.
12:00pm – 1:00pm Corpse Pose at Tadasana Mountain Yoga Experience Corpse Pose for yourself. Drop-in anytime between 12 and 1pm, stay for 5 minutes or the whole hour. $5 (cash appreciated). Lower level of the Shopping Center1:00pm Pioneer Inn’s Frozen T-shirt Contest How fast can you “get it on” at the Pioneer Inn Frozen T-shirt Contest, for great prizes. The Pioneer Inn (15 E. 1st Street)1:00pm – 3:00pm Sponsored by:
Wild Mountain Icy Turkey Bowling
Test your Poultry Bowling Skills in the Ice Turkey Bowling Contest…In front of Wild Mountain Smokehouse and Brewery 70 East First Street
2:00pm – 3:00pmBrain Freeze Contest Ooowwwweee!!! Be a Brain Freezer in front Brain Freezer Tent on First Street Contestants race against each other to finish downing frozen treats for great prizes2:00pm – 3:00pmCool Hand Ice Carving Demonstration We have to do something with all our snow. Come by and watch the carversas they work. In front of the Brain Freeser tent on First Street.2:00 pm The Newly Dead Game
Find out how well you know your partner’s last wishes at The Newly Dead Game. Based on elements of the “The Newlywed Game” TV show. Couples compete for “valuable prizes”! At the Black Forest (behind the Shopping Center)
2:30pm Sponsored by:
Extreme Air Guitar CompetitionCome cheer on these wanna be rockstars!
$5 entry fee 1st place: $100 Cash 2nd place: $50 Gift Card to Wild Mountain
3:00pm Sponsored by:
First Street Pub Rocky Mountain Oyster Eating Contest Race to eat as many rocky mountain oysters as possible. First Street Pub & Grill (35 East 1st Street) 5:00pmClosing Ceremony of 2012 Frozen Dead Guy Days in Nederland’s roundabout.
I’m “D” The Ranter, come on up to Nederland Saturday and cheer a brotha on 🙂