Walking the Gobi: A 1,600 Mile Trek Across a Desert of Hope and Despair

Walking the Gobi: A 1,600 Mile Trek Across a Desert of Hope and Despair

by Helen Thayer
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Walking the Gobi: A 1,600 Mile Trek Across a Desert of Hope and Despair by Helen Thayer

* The ultimate Baby Boomer adventure story!

* The author is an icon among American women adventurers

* By the bestselling author of Polar Dream (more than 40,000 copies sold)

At the age of 63, Helen Thayer fulfilled her lifelong dream of crossing Mongolia's Gobi Desert. Accompanied by her 74-year-old husband Bill and two camels, Tom and Jerry, Thayer walked 1600 miles in 126-degree temperatures, battling fierce sandstorms, dehydration, dangerous drug smugglers, and ubiquitous scorpions. For more than 60 days Helen struggled to keep moving through this inhospitable terrain despite a severe leg injury. Without sponsors, a support team, or radio contact, hers is a journey of pure discovery and adventure.

Walking the Gobi takes readers on a trip through a little-known landscape and introduces them to the culture of the nomadic people whose ancestors have eked out an existence in the Gobi for thousands of years. Thayer's respect and admiration for the culture of the Gobi and her gentle insights on the desert's natural history shine throughout this remarkable story. The author proves that Baby Boomers don't have to take life lying down -- their adventures have just begun.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781594851124
Publisher: Mountaineers Books, The
Publication date: 08/01/2008
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 476,150
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About the Author

HELEN THAYER has skied to the magnetic North Pole, lived among wolves in Alaska, kayaked in the Amazon, walked across the Sahara, and represented three countries as a track and field athlete. She is the author of Polar Dream and Three Among the Wolves and the recipient of countless awards. Thayer was named "One of the Great Explorers of the 20th Century" by National Geographic and is the president of Adventure Classroom, an international educational project.

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Walking the Gobi: A 1,600 Mile Trek Across a Desert of Hope and Despair 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
bluct57 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading this book, so interesting I was pulled back to reading it every time I put it down. I recommend all three of Helen Thayer's books. Her experiences are awesome and way she writes, you feel, hear and see things right along with her.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What an interesting book of two brave people who made this trek in their"golden years". I was so i terested in the interaction of this couple with the nomads. Could we learn some lessons from these people? Possibly. I have recommended this book to se eral people.
readingforjoy More than 1 year ago
This true story reveals a remarkable adventure involving a married couple who walk the Gobi desert with next to impossable odds.