February 19th, 2015
Helen will speak at this Show on Sat. Feb 28th and March 1st at one p.m each day.

I will be presenting my Polar Dream program the story of my solo ski expedition to the magnetic North Pole. I will show my full slide show. I'm the first woman to make the solo journey. In addition to speaking, I will have a booth to sell books.


The 2015 Travel Trips & Adventure Expo is Washington State’s largest dedicated event to travel and adventure activities, and the lifestyle that surround it. New and experienced enthusiasts will enjoy this two-day ...   Read more...
February 19th, 2015

An Evening with Four Female Pioneers of Outdoor Adventure


Sunday March 15, 2015 4PM – North Bend Theatre ::  Doors open at 4 p.m. Event starts at 5 p.m.

What: Stories and inspiration from women adventurers from the Northwest who were breaking down social convention before it was popular, and are adventuring into their golden years.

Liz Kellogg: Ultrarunning Grandma: 65 year old former record holder in the 60+ age group at the White River 50 Mile Endurance Run and one of the oldest women to complete the 100 Mile Cascade Crest ...

May 3rd, 2014

On April 26th  and 27th I was keynote speaker at the GEAR UP Outdoor Adventure Expo. at the Everett Comcast arena. In only its second year the Expo was highly successful with a wide array of outdoor gear on display by around 300 vendors.

The Everett Comcast Arena was selected for its proximity to the hundreds of outdoor activity opportunities that the local Cascade and Olympic Mountains offer, as well as Puget Sound and the many lakes and rivers that abound in the Pacific Northwest.

March 30th, 2014
LIFETIME AWARD goes to Helen Thayer, New Zealand Explorer, Writer, Educator

Helen is the first woman to ski alone to any Pole when she skied unsupported to the Magnetic North Pole at age fifty. She is also the first woman to walk 4,000 miles across the Sahara from Morocco to the Nile River and 1,600 miles across the Gobi Desert at age sixty-three. She has kayaked 2,200 miles of the Amazon River. In a unique study in the wild, Helen lived near a wolf den above the Arctic Circle for a year. Helen created Adventure Classroom, an online program connecting young people across cultures. Now in her seventies Helen continues her worldwide exploration to live with and study indigenous cultures and to study change due to depletions in water sources and the Arctic ice cover.

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January 31st, 2014
On 10 January 2014, to celebrate the new year, I climbed Mount Pilchuck 5,341 feet in the Washington State Cascade Range. This is a mountain we look at every day from our home in Snohomish. Each winter I make it my mid-winter climb.

Although not an extremely high mountain, the steep slopes are prone to avalanches. There is also a constant need to watch for sudden precipitous drop-offs that plunge down hundreds of feet.

This time I had to wait for a calm weather window. There was dense fog at the lower elevations, making it a challenge to stay on the safest winter climbing route and avoid the avalanche slopes that were covered in deep snow.

Once I reached the 4,000-foot level, I climbed in brilliant sunshine. The upper slopes were icy forcing me to wear crampons to increase safety and to avoid sudden slides. After a few ...   Read more...