Walking the Gobi

Walking the Gobi

A 1600-mile Trek Across A Desert of Hope and Despair

Book - 2007
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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

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 ajourney 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 Gobi and her gentle weaving of 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.
Publisher: Seattle, WA : Mountaineers Books, 2007.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781594850646
Characteristics: 251 p. : ill., map ; 23 cm.


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Jun 23, 2019

I found this book hard to put down. An amazing journey, a true testament to the indomitable-ness of the human spirit. Without sponsorship of any kind, with just two camels to carry their supplies, Helen and her husband walked the Gobi desert in summer. They crossed paths with smugglers, border guards (sometimes hostile), wolves, endangered bears and tiny native deer, and they met the people who lived in the desert, families who welcomed them into their homes and their lives.

Her portrayal of the camels, Tom and Jerry, is particularly endearing. She and her husband learned the hard way to ensure the loads were balanced properly or deal with the consequences. Apparently camels are noisy and stubborn when they believe they are being hard done by!!!

Helen's writing is journalistic and sometimes a little flat. It is descriptive but I would have liked to get more of a feel for the desert and their hardships. That being said, I enjoyed this book very much. It is an easy read and I learned lots about the Gobi desert and the Mongolian people who live there.

Jan 11, 2018

I enjoyed this. Very informative about the people, animals and vegetation in the Gibi Desert.

Nov 29, 2017

A decent account of Thayer's trek across the Gobi with her husband. Written in journalistic fashion, I found the interactions with the natives to be the best parts. The rest is good but lacks an impressive writing style to make it especially stand out. Still, a good enough read for travel buffs to look into.

Jun 26, 2017

The writing is ordinary, the author has no special insight, and the account is a little dull, but I still enjoyed reading about the adventure.


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Jun 23, 2019

jmeyrick70 thinks this title is suitable for 9 years and over


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