Amid the icy waters of the Northwest Passage, filmmaker Sprague Theobald attempts to do what few before him have: travel 8,500 miles by boat through some of the most unforgiving waters on earth and survive to share the tale.
Sprague Theobald recounts the trek, as well as what he learned about himself and his family along the way, in The Other Side of the Ice: One Family’s Treacherous Journey Negotiating the Northwest Passage (Skyhorse Publishing, $24.95).
Theobald has released a short film on Vimeo that details some of the danger, as well as personal struggles, that he and his crew endured: http://vimeo.com/45526226.
Reuniting with his children and stepchildren after a bad divorce more than 15 years earlier, Theobald and his family embark on a dangerous voyage with unanswered questions, untold hurts and unspoken mistrust hanging over their heads. What he couldn’t have known was just how life-changing his journey through the Passage would be.
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 24 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 Theobald’s homeport of Newport, Rhode Island, through the Passage, and around Alaska to Seattle, it would be a trek filled with constant danger from ice, polar bears, and severe weather.
Unrelenting cold, 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.