In 1930, the 23 year old Freddie Chapman led a British expedition to Greenland. He experienced such ferocious cold that he lost all his finger and toenails. He got lost at sea and spent 20 hours in a kayak. During one exploration he fell into a deep gash in a glacier and just barely saved himself by holding onto the handles of his dog sled – pulling himself hand over hand back to the top. At the end of this exploration, he was one of only 3 people who made it out alive.
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