National Geographic Explorer and Bestselling Author, Helen Thayer

by on November 15, 2013

Across the GobiNew Zealand born Helen Thayer’s life is a testament to setting goals and achieving them.
Her list of historical expeditions and accomplishments includes:

  • First woman to travel alone to any of the world’s Poles when she trekked to the Magnetic North Pole without dog sled or snowmobile at age fifty.
  • First woman to walk 4,000 miles across the Sahara from Morocco to the Nile River.
  • In another world’s first, Helen walked 1,600 miles across the Gobi Desert at age sixty-three.
  • First non-Indian woman to kayak 2,200 miles of the Amazon River.
  • In a unique study in the wild, Helen lived near a wolf den above the Arctic Circle for a year.
  • Helen won the American national luge championship and represented three countries in international track and field.
  • She has climbed some the world’s highest mountains.
  • The Explorer’s Club awarded Helen the Vancouver Award for Excellence in Exploration.

With presentations to audiences worldwide, she has addressed countless organizations in the last two decades — from one-room schools in the Amazon to the White House.

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