Northwest NEWS

March 27, 2000


Explorer to speak at spring luncheon

   Helen Thayer, world-famous explorer for the National Geographic and the first woman to reach the North Pole, will be the featured speaker at the April 1 Women's Annual Spring Luncheon, sponsored by the Washington Cathedral Women's Ministry.

   Thayer will share her experiences of inspiration and adventure at the luncheon scheduled for 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Washington Cathedral, 12300 Woodinville-Redmond Road NE. The luncheon is open to the public, and costs are $15 for adults and $12.95 for those under 12 years. Reservations are available through the church office at (425) 869-5433, or via the website at

   Thayer's most recent adventure was a 600-mile trek through the pristine wilderness of Northwest Alaska, accompanying a herd of 500,000 caribou across the treacherous Brooks Range into Alaska's North Slope region. Thayer, accompanied by her husband Bill, completed this trek on foot, carrying all their necessities on a small sled and in backpacks.

   Thayer is internationally recognized for her adventures to the North Pole, crossing the Sahara Desert, hiking through Amazon jungles, and her recent solo attempt to cross the Antarctic.

   The Women's Spring Luncheon features a catered lunch with music by the 85-voice Mercer Island Children's Choir and soloists and a fashion show by Berlinda's of Redmond. Childcare is available at registration.