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born 1971

Known as the gutsiest woman adventurer of our day, Kira Salak has traveled to some of the world’s most inhospitable places. In fact, The New York Times has called her “a tough, real life Lara Croft.”

An author at heart, Kira has also written extensively about her dangerous + determined explorations of remote reaches. Her treks and riveting accounts of them led National Geographic to name her as one of their Emerging Explorers and contributing editors. As suggested by her PEN award for journalism {earned for fearless reporting on the war in Congo}, Kira is a woman who is willing to take risks in order to bring the world stories that would otherwise remain unseen.

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her quotes

all quotes by Kira Salak (7)

"The worst thing a person can do is tell me that I can’t do something, because then I’ll want to do it all the more."

Cruelest Journey: Six Hundred Miles to Timbuktu | 2004

"The problem is, memory claims everything—good or bad."

Beheadings | 2004

"Hardship brings us closer to truth, and thus is more difficult to bear, but from it alone comes compassion."

Cruelest Journey: Six Hundred Miles to Timbuktu | 2004

"I've told the world that it can do what it wants with me during this trip if only, by the end, I have learned something more."

The Cruelest Journey | november 2004

"Sleep in the Sahara and you can see every star in the graceful curve of Orion’s bow, the great sweep of the Milky Way at his back."

Libya: The Land of Cruel Deaths | 2006

"I can endure out here, in my sleeping bag, under stars too innumerable to calculate. Such an ecstasy of wonder and gratitude. I am here, I am here!"

Libya: The Land of Cruel Deaths | 2006

"Every foolish choice a person makes is an attempt, however misguided, to find happiness."

The White Mary | 2008
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curated with care by Angela Willard {august 2014}