Helen Thayer – June 6th, 2012

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Helen Thayer began hiking and climbing at age 9, was a luge champion for the United States, is the first woman to have walked to the Magnetic North Pole, lived with a wolf pack for a year, walked 900 miles in the Sahara Desert this last year, and is planning a trip to Northeast Ethiopia for October of this year – at age 74! Helen has taken these expeditions and turned them into learning opportunities for children through her program Adventure Classroom, which helps raise awareness of cultural differences in the classroom. She also has been a photographer, lecturer, and guide for National Geographic! Helen believes that “age is no barrier of our dreams,” and you can be sure that she walks the talk. When asked why those who live in such trying environments, Helen told us “They’re at peace with themselves; they’re one with the world and their environment… and they do a lot better than we do in many ways.”

Learn more about Helen Thayer and her incredible life in these different ways:



– Polar Dream

– Three Among the Wolves

– Walking the Gobi

Want to hear Helen speak in your classroom, to your office, or organization? Contact her at [email protected]!

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