by Michael dEstries
Categories: Film/TV.

Environmental activist, photographer, and adventurer Sebastian Copeland has just released an epic new documentary called “Into the Cold“. The film chronicles the explorer and his partner Keith Heger on their 2009 journey to the North Pole – from training in Minnesota and Los Angeles to two months on the frozen ice cap. From a release:

“The stark reality sets in when the green, urban landscapes fade away to a bone-chilling backdrop where the two men are suddenly alone for millions of square miles of ice. Left to find inner peace in the face of physical struggle, the men become navigators of their own souls, observing humankind’s direct relationship with the deterioration of their breathtaking and remote surroundings.”

Want to win “Into the Cold”? Leave a comment below telling us about one of your own breathtaking moments with nature. In parnership with, we’ll choose three people at random to take home a copy! (Complete rules here) Check out an interview with Sebastian Copeland about his new film after the jump below.

About Michael dEstries

Michael has been blogging since 2005 on issues such as sustainability, renewable energy, philanthropy, and healthy living. He regularly contributes to a slew of publications, as well as consulting with companies looking to make an impact using the web and social media. He lives in Ithaca, NY with his family on an apple farm.

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  • Hilary

    Sounds interesting and very cold! brrr….

  • Tina

    wow.. those guys have guts! looks very interesting + love to win. thanks for the chance :)

  • Daniel

    We saw their spouts just off the port side of our bow. Immediately we rushed to the bow as two huge humpback whales blew and then dove beneath our ship, turning so we could see the white of their pectoral fins and bellies. We rushed to the starboard side and waited excitedly for them to reappear. Slowly two giant shadows appeared from the depths, coming toward the surface. Their shapes came into focus and soon their massive backs were breaking the water. What were normally just two-dimensional silhouettes seen from afar could now be seen in their true scale and mass. They blew again and swam slowly off into the iceberg-littered distance.

  • Tina

    while on a boat trip in the dominican, a pod of five dolphins appeared at the bow. i have never seen wild dolphins before.. and was truly in awe. the captain said that rarely happens, and that he’d only experienced it a few times. it was incredibly magical!

  • Tina

    ugh.. nevermind. i don’t qualify (canada) :(

  • Paul Butterfield

    oh man…me too…Canada…hey we like this stuff here too! Way to go Sebastian! At least I got to drive this very cool guy around for a few minutes and hear some of his stories.

  • Matt

    Alaska to me is like stepping onto another planet. In taking a trip into the deep outreaches, I was a little unnerved when our guide had two fully loaded guns in case of a surprise encounter with bear. He said he only pulled the gun twice and has yet to have to shoot…my first thought was of the law of averages!! My hope is to one day take an extended dogsledding trip with Paul Schurke’s Wintergreen outfit. When I have an extra $13,000, it is first on my list! I look forward to watching Into the Cold.

  • Kayleigh

    I saw this film last year at the Tribeca Film festival in NYC and I was blown away. I have anxiously been waiting for it to be released on DVD so I can share it with my friends. As an aspiring Biologist and Conservationist I could personally relate to this movie. I too have seen the effects of global warming first hand and I did not even have to travel far from my own home. Working at Gateway National Recreation Area in NYC, I have seen what ocean level rise can do to salt marshes and estuaries. In Jamaica Bay alone, salt marshes are disappearing at 50 acres a year. Birds, turtles fish, plants and small invertebrates are all in danger. It breaks my heart to know that some of my favorite species of animal could become extinct within my lifetime. I have had the opportunity to travel to the Galapagos Islands this past summer and snorkel above white tipped reef sharks, sit beside a giant Galapagos Tortoise, say hello to Lonesome George, swim with sea lions, watch marine iguanas feed, and see blue footed booby babies. My favorite moment was being touched by a green sea turtle. I was swimming, or perhaps stalking one, and it looked me in the eyes and touched me with his front flipper as he was swimming beside me. I remember being in awe and never wanting that moment to end. It pains me to know that sea turtles are risk of extinction due to global warming and other anthropogenic causes.