This odd question come from a customer that lived at the top of a mountain in North Wales. She had just brought one of our timber loft ladders and needed to know if it would freeze and prohibit her from getting into her loft, Not as daft a question as it seems because during winter times her loft area got to -20! Now that is indeed very, very cold, so the answer we gave her was, that it shouldn’t cause any problems. Unless there was a small water leak in her loft and the water created even a thin layer of ice she should be fine to climb the loft ladder even at such low temperatures. But we did advise her to still be very careful. It might not look frozen but even ttimber loft ladders can be hard to climb in such extreme lows. What what would it look like if indeed it did freeze?!? It’s time to take a look at what -40 can do for timber….
You might want to pack a very warm coat because today we are going to take a look at some frost covered trees that are located close to the Arctic Circle, where temperatures can drop as low as -40C!
Rising eerily from the frozen landscape, these strange shapes look like something from a science-fiction film. But they are here on Earth, frost-covered trees located close to the Arctic Circle, where temperatures can drop as low as -40C. In the dramatic sub-zero conditions, the snow and frost become so thick that everything is covered in a thick blanket. The stunning shots were captured by Niccolo Bonfadini, who spent nine days camping alone in the frozen world, which is around 77 square kilometres. The 21-year-old’s images appear to show bizarre tendrils emerging from the ground, which is blindingly white.
He said: ‘I was blown away by the otherworldly landscape, everything was white as far as the eye could see. Everything was frozen. ‘It was incredible to see how ice would form on top of every free surface. ‘Even my snow shoes and fuel bottles would be covered in ice if I left them outside my tent during the night.’ Mr Bonfadini, an environmental engineering student from Monza, Italy, sustained himself on powdered freeze-dried food during his trek and slept in his tent. He said: ‘I loved what I was doing. I love to go deep into nature alone, to feel the majesty and beauty of Nature. It is absolutely what makes me happiest.
‘What made the trip harder than average was the fact that I was completely alone, I only met three people during my nine days. But I prefer it like that, I don’t like crowds.’ Mr Bonfadini said he has had varied reactions to the pictures, many had found it difficult to understand the bizarre shapes were trees. : The shots were captured by Niccolo Bonfadini, who spent nine days camping alone in the frozen world. ‘Some thought they were volcanic eruptions and clouds. To me they seemed to be alive like frozen people. ‘Every tree was different from the others, they had weird forms, some had snow-covered branches that looked like arms. ‘With such a surreal landscape, it is easy to see how many tales and legends about trolls and other creatures could have been born.’
And what absolutely stunning images they are as well. So it seems that while we here at ladders-Online thought that -20 was bad. It’s nothing compared to the inhospitable landscape. So would our wooden loft ladders freeze out here?!? They would probably be lost forever in the snow drifts let alone frozen. That might explain why not a lot of loft ladders are sold in the Arctic Circle!
Picture by Niccolo Bonfadini ( niccolobonfadini.com )
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