“A source of great satisfaction. . .”

by Al Pastor

". . .enjoyable in the open air."

“. . .enjoyable in the open air.”

This just in from the hot-and-bothered-under-cold-water-immersion department news desk (see also: previous post, “Of course, Old Tom Morris took the plunge!”).

You remember Paul Reinwald, the “champion mountain climber?” No? The “famous Austrian mountain climber holds world’s records in ascending European and American Mountains.” Says so right here in the January 1912 issue of Physical Culture magazine.

The “Comment, Counsel and Criticism by our Readers” section ran a few “self-photographs” of Herr Reinwald on top of California’s Mt. San Antonio, 10,340 feet above sea level. The man is um scantily clad in a photo “indulging in a snow bath” near a flying Old Glory.

“I always take snow baths in winter, and bathe in streams in zero weather. This practice keeps me in good condition. I have never been sick in my life.”

We learn that his ascension “was a feat performed under the most difficult conditions. The snow was not sufficiently compact and gave way at every step. Mr. Reinwald also carried a 45-pound pack on this trip.” And, we hasten to add, at least one um Speedo-like undergarment.

Editor and founder Bernarr MacFadden is no less bullish on taking the plunge in the August 1910 issue, under “Hot weather hints:”

One seeks the cold bath in summer with pleasurable antics. It is exhilarating and refreshing. It is particularly refreshing in the open air. The ocean, lakes and rivers offer opportunities that are to be commended. But even at home one will find the tub a source of great satisfaction, and increased health.