Finns Set Up Portable Sauna on Top of Mont Blanc, Adorableness Ensues

Active/Outdoors, France, Offbeat, Travel News — By David Chalk on September 9, 2010 at 7:00 am

At 15,782 feet, the summit of France’s Mont Blanc is the highest peak in Western Europe. It was also immortalized in 144 lines of verse in Percy Bysshe Shelley’s 1817 poem “Mont Blanc: Lines Written in the Vale of Chamouni.” For Shelley, Mont Blanc was “A city of death, distinct with many a tower / And wall impregnable of beaming ice.” But for four adventurous mountain climbers from Finland, it was simply the perfect place to set up a portable sauna.

The Finns went up the mountain in darkness so they could set up their sauna tent at the summit before dawn. The sauna was heated by a wood-burning stove, specially designed to work at high altitudes.  After that, all that was left was to strip to their undies and enjoy the heat and the view.

They also filmed the trek for our viewing pleasure, editing in a sweet indie rock soundtrack:

[vimeo]http://vimeo.com/14424395[/vimeo]

The video was posted with this understated caption: “A hot sauna with a cool view. What more could you ask for?”

The group had no problems staying warm. “The sauna got so hot that it felt quite refreshing to wash in the snow at -5 Celsius (23 degrees Fahrenheit) outside,” said Kari Harkonen, one of the brave climbers.

If you’re eager to see more pictures of half-naked Finnish men, the Daily Telegraph has a photo gallery. Here’s a little taste:

[Image: Vimeo/Telegraph]

Tags: finland, france, Mont Blanc, mountain climbing, mountaineer, portable sauna, sauna, Shelley

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