2018  has already been a memorable year, ushering in a major cold snap in many parts of the Southeastern United States and slamming the East Coast with a historic weather event that’s being referred to in the media as a ‘bomb cyclone’.

While much of the Blue Ridge was spared the type of intense blizzard conditions that reeked havoc on places further east, the region has fallen into the icy grips of prolonged frigid temperatures—recently dipping into the single digits in places as far south as Western North Carolina.

While this weather kept less hardy adventures tucked away within the comfortable confines of their central heating systems, others took to the trails in search of frozen waterfalls. Some even set out with crampons affixed to their hiking boots and ice axes in hand and proceeded to ascend the frozen sides of said waterfalls—a brand of adventure that’s rarely possible here in the Southern Appalachians.

We scoured our Instagram feed for ten of our favorite frozen waterfall shots from the region’s recent bout with extreme cold weather and aggregated them here for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy!

Size comparison Me < Catawba Falls

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