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.

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780385312622
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
12/02/1994
Pages:
247
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.64(d)

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