Rowing the Northwest Passage: Adventure, Fear, and Awe in a Rising Sea

Rowing the Northwest Passage: Adventure, Fear, and Awe in a Rising Sea

by Kevin Vallely
  • environmentalism
  • from-british-columbia
  • narrative
  • wilderness-outdoors-nature
In this gripping first-hand account, four seasoned adventurers navigate a sophisticated, high-tech rowboat across the Northwest Passage. One of the “last firsts” remaining in the adventure world, this journey is only possible because of the dramatic impacts of global warming in the high Arctic, which provide an ironic opportunity to draw attention to the growing urgency of climate change. Along the way, the team repeatedly face life-threatening danger from storms unparalleled in their ferocity and unpredictability and bears witness to unprecedented changes in the Arctic habitat and inhabitants, while weathering gale-force vitriol from climate change deniers who have taken to social media to attack them and undermine their efforts.


Kevin Vallely, author

Kevin Vallely is an architect, adventurer and happily married father of two. He is a member of the Explorer’s Club and was an Explorer’s Club Flag recipient. In 2009 he and two teammates broke the world record for the fastest unsupported trek from the edge of the Antarctic continent to the Geographic South Pole.


  • A thrilling adventure tale in which each hard mile not only reveals the strength of the human spirit but also hammers home the hard truths of climate change. - Cameron Dueck, author of The New Northwest Passage
  • Vallely’s book is as much a history lesson and thrilling travelogue as it is an ecological warning. - Publisher's Weekly

Rights Holder

Rights Holder: Greystone Books



rights available: World

Additional Information

number of pages: 224

publication date: 08/23/2017

Original language of pub: English

Materials Available: finished book