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Frozen Dead Guy Days

This weekend's snowy weather has delayed the annual Frozen Dead Guy Days celebration in Nederland, Colorado.

Frozen Dead Guy Days honors Grandpa Bredo. Bredo died in 1989 in Norway. After he died, he was packed in dry ice and shipped to a facility in California where he was placed in liquid nitrogen for almost four years.

Then, he was moved to Colorado in 1993 to stay with his daughter Aud Morstoel and his grandson Trygve Bauge, both strong advocates for cryonics who hoped to start a facility of their own.

If you peruse the laws of Nederland, you’ll discover that it’s illegal to store a frozen human or animal (or any body part thereof) in your home. We have Grandpa Bredo to thank for this. When grandson Trygve was deported in the mid-90s because of an expired visa, Bredo’s daughter stepped in to take care of the household – including keeping her father on ice.

Soon, Aud was evicted for living in a house with no electricity or plumbing and was about to head back to Norway. This meant that the family’s fledgling cryonics facility was destined to come to a halt. Worried that her father would thaw out before his time, she spoke to a local reporter, who spoke to the Nederland city council, who passed Section 7-34 of the municipal code regarding the “keeping of bodies.”

Luckily for Bredo, he was grandfathered in and allowed to stay. Suddenly, he was a worldwide media sensation. And he has been well cared for by his family and community ever since.

Bo Shaffer saw an intriguing want ad on the Internet in 1995 posted by Trygve. He applied for the one-of-a-kind job, got it, and is now known as the “Ice Man.” Every month, Shaffer and a team of volunteers delivers 1,600 pounds of dry ice and packs it around Grandpa Bredo in his sarcophagus, surrounded by foam padding, a tarp, and blankets. As Cryonicist-in-Charge, Shaffer keeps Grandpa at a steady -60 degrees Fahrenheit.

Frozen Dead Guy Days has celebrated Bredo and winter for more than a decade. There are coffin races, polar plunges, frozen salmon tossing and other events.


Events at the 2013 Frozen Dead Guy Days in Nederland are being delayed Saturday because of snow and road conditions.

Boulder Canyon, Highway 119, was closed at 9 a.m. due to multiple crashes.

The Frozen Dead Guy Days website said "It is beautiful up here. Just like Christmas," at 7:30 a.m. "Take your time up the canyon."

At 9 a.m., the website announced that all events were being moved to 1 p.m.

posted on Mar 9, 2013 9:50 AM ()


Ain't it a shame they don't have better things to do. As for Grampa, it will be so long before a solution will be found for rejuvenation, if ever, that there won't be any of his relatives living to say hi. Down here the locals have an annual charitable event where contestants see how far they can toss a dead, frozen mullet (local fish). I detest events where a once living thing is used for amusement. It's the Tattooed Wonder Entertainment Committee that thought this one up. I always skip it, if you're wondering. I also refused to buy a raffle ticket where the prize was a fancy motorcycle -- make it a Corvette, I said, and maybe I'll go for it.
comment by tealstar on May 19, 2013 7:20 AM ()
What an interesting name indeed.
comment by kristilyn3 on Mar 11, 2013 3:54 PM ()
I wonder how much the family of the dead guy keeps in touch with the caretakers, and whether tourists ever come from Norway to visit the Frozen Dead Guy.
reply by kitchentales on Mar 11, 2013 6:42 PM ()
Gramps is toast, but as long as somebody can make a buck it's all good.
comment by jjoohhnn on Mar 10, 2013 10:06 AM ()
Actually, Gramps is a popscicle.
reply by kitchentales on Mar 11, 2013 6:41 PM ()
I don't hold out much hope for Grandpa.
comment by elderjane on Mar 9, 2013 5:35 PM ()
I would like to time travel into the future to see what eventually does become of him.
reply by troutbend on Mar 9, 2013 5:53 PM ()
Amazing!! One can only hope that Grandpa Bredo makes it back eventually.
comment by steeve on Mar 9, 2013 11:47 AM ()
Little by little, and this was the banana peel on the slippery slope, Colorado is turning out to be as crazy as California. I blame global warming because used to be they'd move here and then we'd have some good snow storms and they'd head right back. Now it's so warm all the time, they think it's great.
reply by troutbend on Mar 9, 2013 5:50 PM ()
That frozen salmon tossing sounds dangerous. No comment on Grandpa Bredo.
comment by nittineedles on Mar 9, 2013 11:17 AM ()
I was wondering where they get the salmon - an expensive proposition here in the mountains. Frozen cow patty pitching would have been more appropriate.
reply by troutbend on Mar 9, 2013 5:47 PM ()
In the famous words of the wicked witch "I'm melting, I'm melting!"
comment by greatmartin on Mar 9, 2013 10:58 AM ()
It was touch and go there for a few years when the town pulled the plug on the deep freeze they had him in, but they got it all straightened out. I guess he'll be frozen forever.
reply by troutbend on Mar 9, 2013 11:12 AM ()

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