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Polar Dream: The First Solo Expedition by a Woman and Her Dog to the Magnetic North Pole

by Helen Thayer

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In 1988, in a gruelling and dangerous adventure, 50-year-old Helen Thayer became the first woman to ski solo to the magnetic North Pole. She trekked 345 miles, pulling a 160-pound sledge and with a husky, Charlie, as her only companion. This is her story.
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thayer is a great writer. always positive. tells you all the details. sorry to finish her arctic story. ( )
  mahallett | Sep 5, 2016 |
Read this while planning a polar trip. I was suprised at how well written it was for someone who was not a writer - and it didn't seem to be ghostwritten. Lots of drama, emotion. It lacked some sappy emotional overdose after the ending - which I won't spoil - so that was a relief. Also a relief was a third of the book being written about all the prep. So it get's moving quickly, the right mix of technical, emotional, factual, etc - very engrossing. You will read this more quickly than you might think due to the excitement in it. ( )
  shawnd | Jul 19, 2007 |
Great! In her 50th year, Helen decides to go by foot to the North Pole.....solo. (except the Eskimos up there won't let her go without at least a dog... good polar bear alarm...) I met the author years later and walked up to her, asking "Can I see your fingers?". She laughed.
  bearpacker | Jan 23, 2006 |
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In 1988, in a gruelling and dangerous adventure, 50-year-old Helen Thayer became the first woman to ski solo to the magnetic North Pole. She trekked 345 miles, pulling a 160-pound sledge and with a husky, Charlie, as her only companion. This is her story.

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