Cold at Troynovant:
icings on cold weather & winter environments;
survival & exploration at polar regions,
high altitudes, other planets;
listed by Title
Men against the cold. Pushing the low-temperature frontier in high latitudes and high altitudes, and into the deeps of space; and the challenge of learning and survival where extreme cold temperatures make even the simplest tasks marginal and dangerous. (I like it hot, myself. — RWF)
Bear in mind that from a scientific or universal perspective, hot and cold are relative depending on where one's viewpoint enters the spectrum of temperatures.
Whether a ship survives the ice often determines whether a polar expedition is at least a moderate success; else the shipwreck abandons everyone to frozen disaster. Nansen's purpose-built ship Fram, carefully designed for over-wintering in high Arctic latitudes, becomes a character in its own right in Huntford's narrative; and later a mythic monument to successful endeavor. Fram belongs in the beyond-the-horizon heroic flotilla inaugurated by Argo that sailed for the Golden Fleece.
from Robert W. Franson's review of
The Explorer as Hero
by Roland Huntford