Polar Dream: The Heroic Saga of the First Solo Journey by a Woman and Her Dog to the Pole

Polar Dream: The Heroic Saga of the First Solo Journey by a Woman and Her Dog to the Pole

by Helen Thayer
     
 
Ever dream of journeying to the Magnetic North Pole? Helen Thayer did, and in 1988, at temperatures that averaged 50 below, with only a husky as her companion, she became the first woman to ski to the North Pole alone. At the time she made this expedition she was 50 years old. This book came out of the journal she kept on her incredible adventure.

Overview

Ever dream of journeying to the Magnetic North Pole? Helen Thayer did, and in 1988, at temperatures that averaged 50 below, with only a husky as her companion, she became the first woman to ski to the North Pole alone. At the time she made this expedition she was 50 years old. This book came out of the journal she kept on her incredible adventure.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In March 1988, Thayer, a 50-year-old New Zealander, set out from Resolute, NW Territories, to ski to the North Magnetic Pole, located just south of King Christian Island; she pulled her supplies (160 lbs.) on a sled. Three days before departure, a hunter gave her a black husky, Charlie, as protection against polar bears. The animal proved to be an ideal companion, saving her life and her sanity. It was a grueling journey: woman and dog fought off polar bears, barely escaped drowning, survived storms. Near the end, a gale blew away most of Thayer's food supplies; her daily ration during the final week was a handful of walnuts and a pint of water. After 364 miles, 27 days, Thayer and Charlie were picked up by plane on Melena Island--mission accomplished. This is an exciting story of human endurance and of a remarkable animal. Photos. First serial to Cosmopolitan; author tour (with dog). (Jan.)
Library Journal
In 1988, 50-year-old Thayer became the first woman to ski alone to the North Pole. In this account, she tells of pulling all her food and gear on a sled, without the use food drops. She is accompanied only by her dog, Charlie, who provides protection against polar bears. Charlie not only saves her life but shows trusting companionship and heartwarming love. Thayer describes lyrically yet unromantically the dreamlike quality of the Arctic landscape, with its fluctuating ice conditions and eerie, depth perception-skewing atmosphere. Recounting terrifying encounters with polar bears and ferocious icy storms, she tells a gripping tale of courage and determination. She faces severe frostbite, winds, dehydration, frozen clothing, loneliness, and shifting ice with gentle humor, remarkable patience, and welcome modesty. Readers will be enthralled and inspired. Recommended for public libraries.-- Kathy Ruffle, Coll. of New Caledonia Lib., Prince George, B.C.
Alice Joyce
When a woman decides to embark upon a solo journey to the North Pole (on foot!), it's a good bet the adventure will be worthy of attention. Thayer--aged 50 and five feet, three inches in stature--was eventually convinced to take along one Inuit husky because of the great danger presented by polar bears throughout the entire area of her trek. This first-person account is replete with the exhausting hurdles of a grueling trip. After 27 days and 345 miles of rugged terrain and wild arctic weather, one woman and the dog she named Charlie had forged a powerful, heart-warming bond. If attacking polar bears aren't hair-raising enough, consider a storm of such intensity that the final seven days of food rations were lost in the blink of an eye. Surviving on a handful of nuts each of those last days, Thayer did indeed reach her goal. A terrific chronicle of an extraordinary endeavor.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780671793869
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group
Publication date:
12/01/1992
Pages:
256

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