A bunch of us were out on a two-day ski tour, and we came up to the Little Truckee River looking for the bridge that was shown on the topo map. Unfortunately, the bridge had not existed for some years, so we had to ford the river.
The knee-deep water was barely above freezing and the river banks were snowy and icy. We had two choices. We could wear our heavy leather ski boots into the river to protect our feet, or we could wear just socks. The problem was that once we got out to the opposite side, we were going to have to ski for another mile or so to finish the trip at our vehicle. That could be cold.
I went into the water with boots on, and my partner went in with boots off. So, we were each a little cold and wet on the other side. We skied the last distance to the vehicle and discovered that it would not start, so we had to wait for three hours before the other ski crew found us. Waiting for three hours with freezing wet boots is no fun.