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

4.07  ·  Rating Details ·  307 Ratings  ·  57 Reviews
Everyone told her it couldn't be done...especially by a woman. But in 1988, fifty-year-old Helen Thayer, accompanied only by her black husky Charlie, became the first woman ever to ski solo to the North Pole. After overcoming her first obstacle—the unrelenting discouragement she received before setting out—she and Charlie braved brutal temperatures, violent storms, treache ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published December 1st 1994 by Delta (first published 1992)
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Pramod Nair
“About twenty feet in front of the iceberg, Charlie stopped, and began growling loudly, his back hair standing on end. I had no doubt that it was a bear. I tore my skis off, unclipped the sled ropes from my harness, grabbed the rifle and flare gun and stood waiting with Charlie at my side still clipped to my harness. He was at the end of his chain, snarling, staring straight at the wall of ice. Every nerve in my body was tense.”

When Helen Thayer, a New Zealand born adventurer and explorer, unde
Jan 05, 2016 JuliaOrlando rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: adventure, memoirs, survival
On the one hand I have to admire the author for taking up and completing her personal challenge but on the other hand I think it was irresponsible to take on such a dangerous endeavor by herself.
Even though I don't read memoirs very often, this was a little outside of my comfort zone, I did enjoy her writing about her expedition. Between polar bears, white outs and thin ice, I spent quite a bit of the book on the edge of my seat.
I would read more books by this author.
Dec 08, 2011 Terri rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lovers of the book, "Into Thin Air"
I wish I liked this book more, because the subject, and Thayer's adventures on a solo trek to the magnetic North Pole are really quite exciting. Personally, I thought the writing, though easy and very clear, was just kind of dull. The adventures were good (she encountered a lot of aggressive polar bears, and some scary blizzard conditions), I think I just didn't like Thayer's writing style.

Also, I simply cannot relate to these people who set out to nearly kill themselves on some unbelievably di
Dec 13, 2008 Sally rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I could not put this book down...which is rare for me!! When I learned that Helen Thayer would be coming to SGS to talk to us about her life adventures, I thought I'd better check her out. This story about her solo trek - on foot and on skis - to the magnetic North Pole is more than a page-turner. It's a scream out loud kind of book! Almost as an after thought, Helen decided to heed to warnings of the Inuit natives who told her she'd become polar bear appetizers within her first day if she didn' ...more
Marjorie Elwood
I loved this book! It was like Lost in the Barrens, but non-fiction and for adults. Thayer, an accomplished mountaineer, gets the idea to walk to the North Pole after she returns safely back to base camp because she had obsessively written compass headings down as she climbed the mountain. On her solo journey to the pole, she encounters polar bears, cracking ice, winds that steal her gear, and accidents but throughout, she and her dog Charlie are indomitable. While reading most adventure stories ...more
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In 1988 New Zealand born Helen Thayer became the first woman to walk and ski to any of the world's poles when she trekked solo to the Magnetic North Pole without dog sled or snowmobile. She was the first woman and first American to circumnavigate the Magnetic North Pole. Her best-selling book Polar Dream tells the story of her historic adventure with her beloved companion Charlie, her protector fr ...more
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