The Other Side of the Ice (Paperback)

One Family?s Treacherous Journey Negotiating the Northwest Passage

By Sprague Theobald, Allan Kreda

Skyhorse, 9781634502986, 240pp.

Publication Date: September 22, 2015

Other Editions of This Title:
Hardcover (8/1/2012)

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Description

An Emmy-winning filmmaker’s epic expedition across the Northwest Passage.

Sprague Theobald, an award-winning documentary filmmaker and expert sailor with more than 40,000 offshore miles under his belt, always considered the Northwest Passage—the sea route connecting the Atlantic to the Pacific—the ultimate uncharted territory. Since Roald Amundsen completed the first successful crossing of the fabled Northwest Passage in 1906, only twenty-four pleasure craft have followed in his wake. Many more people have gone into space than have traversed the Passage, and a staggering number have died trying. From his home port of Newport, Rhode Island, through the Passage and around Alaska to Seattle, it would be an 8,500-mile trek filled with constant danger from ice, polar bears, and severe weather.

What Theobald couldn’t have known was just how life-changing his journey through the Passage would be. Reuniting his children and stepchildren after a bad divorce more than fifteen years earlier, the family embarks with unanswered questions, untold hurts, and unspoken mistrusts hanging over their heads. Unrelenting cold, hungry polar bears, and a haunting landscape littered with sobering artifacts from the tragic Franklin Expedition of 1845, as well as personality clashes that threaten to tear the crew apart, make The Other Side of the Ice a harrowing story of survival, adventure, and, ultimately, redemption.

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About the Author

Sprague Theobald has received both national and international recognition for his writing, producing, cinematography, and editing. He won an Emmy Award for his America's Cup documentary. His writing and commentary have been published in the "New York Times" as well as many major national and international yachting magazines. "The Other Side of the Ice" is Sprague's second book, "The Reach" being his first. Sprague's sailing resume includes twelve-meter racing in the America's Cup arena, several transatlantic races, a complete circumnavigation of North America, and over 40,000 offshore miles. He lives and works out of Manhattan, New York.

Allan Kreda is a freelance writer and regular contributor to ESPN's blog, In The Know (ITK). He lives in New York, New York.


Praise For The Other Side of the Ice: One Family?s Treacherous Journey Negotiating the Northwest Passage

“Theobald writes movingly of bringing together his adult children to join him as they sail from RI, to Seattle. The trip takes them into history as they revisit the last known locations of the doomed Franklin Expedition of 1845 ... revealing just how tenuous relationships can be in what is undeniably a thrilling voyage.”
Booklist

“Theobald writes movingly of bringing together his adult children to join him as they sail from RI, to Seattle. The trip takes them into history as they revisit the last known locations of the doomed Franklin Expedition of 1845 ... revealing just how tenuous relationships can be in what is undeniably a thrilling voyage.”
Booklist