Walking the Gobi

Walking the Gobi

A 1600-Mile Trek Across a Desert of Hope and Despair


By author: Helen Thayer
272 Pages, 978-1-59485-112-4
Mountaineers Books 08/25/2008
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* 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.



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