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Ice Bears & Kotick: Rowing on Top of the World Paperback – 11 Jan 2008


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  • Paperback: 252 pages
  • Publisher: Seafarer Books; first edition (11 Jan. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906266034
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906266035
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.9 x 21.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 950,363 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A great story of difficulties overcome, of polar bears, of the wonders of the region, the cold ... and above all the wonderful wildlife seen."
-- Gaffers Log, March 2008

"A wonderful ... compelling account, this book will appeal to all with a sense of adventure. Heartily recommended, Peter has captured the essence of the high latitudes superbly." -- Royal Naval Sailing Association, Summer 2008

"An extraordinary boat journey ... through pack ice, past glaciers and icebergs. Along the way they learned about themselves and about life. Photography is excellent. A good read. Recommended." -- Nautical Magazine, March 2008

"This is a well-told tale about extraordinary adventurers who learned much about themselves and their harsh and beautiful surroundings." -- David Lomax, Royal Cruising Club Newsletter, Spring 2008

"an evocative tale of good old-fashioned adventure amid one of the bleakest landscapes on earth ... vividly and thoughtfully written, an inspiration ..."
-- John Ridgway

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"Ice Bears and Kotick" is a sailing narrative with many events and an extraordinary variety of ice. It's a low budget story about what happens when you put everything into one big adventure. Through it all the important journey is the internal one. It might appeal to gap year students, lovers of ice and snow, lovers of Arctic wildlife, small boat sailors and oarsmen. Having said that, some who have loved the book were none of these things. So I think that it's for anybody who can remember being young, and identify with the need to go out into the world to do something big or special or impossible.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Quillmonkey on 29 Feb. 2008
Format: Paperback
If someone had asked me to row around an island the size of Scotland in arctic conditions, with limited food, the threat of freezing, sinking without trace and not forgetting polar bears, I'd have told them they were off their rockers and to send me a postcard.

Luckily no one has, but I still get to read about the fantastic journey into the uninhabited wastes of the icecaps in this book lovingly written by Peter Webb. He paints such beautiful pictures of an arduous and often perilous voyage in search of the first circumnavigation of Spitzbergen.

It is a book full of passion and dedication and I heartily recommend it to anyone who is not planning on a similar journey themselves.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Barns on 25 Jan. 2008
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A compelling and nicely paced read. This book will appeal not only to sailors, but also to all those with a sense of adventure. Its easy
to become engrossed in the artic world portrayed here, and the characters and creatures that we meet on the journey round the island.
An entertaining and unusual journey in the spirit of explorers who challenge their limits in their journey into uncharted territory.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ben Stephenson on 22 Feb. 2008
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Having been to the Arctic a few times, I can say that Peter has captured the essence of the place superbly. This is a journey just for the hell of it, and is in the tradition of the "because it's there" type adventures. I loved it. Great read. Lots of suspense. What a journey! Read it and you'll be booking your own holiday up to the high latitudes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Noel on 19 April 2011
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I do not enjoy sea journeys and despite living on an island I have no desire to go around any island other than on dry land. I like to have a continent before me but I am so glad I read this book. It is a modern adventure story. A trip that no-one in their right mind would contemplate. There are easier and warmer ways to bring an end to it all! What a great account Peter Webb has written of this hard, cold, dangerous journey. Ice floes; currents; big ships; polar bears; and just awful weather all threaten to thwart the circumnavigation. Peter Webb wrote the book but he could not have done the journey without the noble 'Shaggy' to row (as in hoe) and to row (as in how) with. I hope Mr Webb and 'Shaggy' are on speaking terms, it was not always sweetness and light on this trip.
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