Help describing the cold mountains...

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    The land was death. Not the hot death of predator and prey, but the cold death of things that had never known life and would laugh - if they could laugh - at its pitiful frailty. It was the unending death of stone and ice.
     
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    "Goddamit" Ethan breathed, moisture frosting into icicles in his wiry beard as he spoke "if it gets any colder I'll need to bring my brass monkey inside"
     
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    My novel begins with my MC on a winter hike alone and falling through the ice on a creek and getting totally submerged, then faced with a struggle for survival on a cold winter day. I really worked on this chapter and have revised it several times (and I live in a cold climate and know what bitter cold feels like first-hand). I agree that Into Thin Air and To Build A Fire will give you great descriptions of cold. There are also many true accounts of wilderness survival that are spellbinding. One that you may be familiar with from the movie is The Revenant. The movie is not true to the book and in my opinion the book (non-fiction) is far better. Another about winter survival in Minnesota (true) is Lost in the Wild (Cory Griffith), another true survival story about a 14 y.o. boy surviving a small plane crash in the mountains alone is Crazy For The Storm. The key, I think, is to not write your passages like others have, but rather to use their stories to feel the cold so that you can write the cold. Brrrrr!!! I wrote my own chapter on winter days after walks in the woods. Good luck!
     
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    Many thanks :) Great help x
     
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    Frigid...maybe?

    My mother said that South Korean Winters are so cold, that your feet go numb with two pair of wool socks on.
    Bet she was happy it was only a 1 year assignment. :p

    I have heard stories from my father, that in Alaska you can throw a hot cup of coffee into the air,
    and it will be frozen before it hits the ground.
    Though my brother seems to like PT in -15 degrees F, in Fairbanks. :p
     
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