Hampton Sides is an award-winning editor of Outside and the author of the bestselling histories HELLHOUND ON HIS TRAIL, BLOOD AND THUNDER and GHOST SOLDIERS. He lives in New Mexico with his wife, Anne, and their three sons.
On July 8, 1879, the USS Jeannette set sail from San Francisco to cheering crowds in the grip of "Arctic Fever." The ship sailed into uncharted seas, but soon was trapped in pack ice. Two years into the harrowing voyage, the hull was breached. Amid the rush of water and the shrieks of breaking wooden boards, the crew abandoned the ship. Thus began their long march across the endless ice --- a frozen hell in the most lonesome corner of the world --- as they desperately strove for survival.