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Flying the U-2
Ski flying, Wyoming
Kayaking, Thailand
Blimp flying, Italy
At the Equator, Ecuador
With village children, Sudan
Wreck diving, South Pacific
On Mont Blanc, French Alps
Cattle drive, Australian Outback
At a Darfur refugee camp, Chad
At the 18,000-foot summit of Chukung Ri, Himalyan Mountains, Nepal

Lane Wallace has been a successful author and journalist for more than 25 years. She was an editor and the first female columnist at Flying magazine, and she currently writes a magazine column called “Core Strength” for Women in Aviation, International. In addition, she’s authored six books for NASA, two books on the lessons of adventure, and is nearing completion on her latest book project: Core Strength: Being Happy and Having Impact in a World Run by Men. For more information on the book, click here. She’s also written for numerous national and international publications including The Atlantic, The New York Times, Outside magazine and ForbesLife.


In addition to her book and magazine work, Lane has also written hundreds of essays on the website she founded in 2009: No Map. No Guide. No Limits. The website focuses on topics related to “The Adventure of Being Yourself,” whether that’s becoming more grounded and self-aware; finding meaning, purpose and passion; embracing exploration; building stronger teams and communities; successfully navigating uncertainty and tough life choices, or simply surviving in a man’s world.


For more information on Lane’s writing, or to read some of her work, explore the links below.

Women in Aviation


A collection of Lane’s “Core Strength” personal career development columns from Aviation for Women magazine. “Core Strength” refers to what Lane realized was the key not only to her success as the first woman columnist at Flying magazine, but to any woman’s ability to thrive in a male-dominated workplace.

Lane’s columns focus on elements that help women build a stronger and more grounded, mature, and authentic core. They also address how women can use that strength to make smart choices, find more fulfilling  pathways, build essential cross-cultural connections, and navigate career and life pressures without losing themselves along the way.


In addition to her latest book project on women’s voice, Lane has written eight other books: two books on the lessons of adventure, four illustrated history books for NASA that explained aeronautical and space research and discoveries to the general public, one technical book on aeronautical research, and a book for young people on flying and designing airplanes.

The Adventure of Being Yourself

It is always easier to follow the pack. Being “ourselves”—our most authentic, passionate, inspired, best, and true selves—is far more difficult. So in 2009, Lane founded a website to provide information and support for people who want to undertake the lifelong adventure of being themselves and charting their own path, with their own voice, in the world. Titled No Map. No Guide. No Limits., it offers some of her most current writing: thought-provoking essays, information, and resources on everything from Voice and Authenticity to Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

Lane’s Atlantic Archive

Over the course of five years, Lane wrote more than 150 essays and articles for The Atlantic—several of which have been reprinted in college textbooks as springboards for discussions on complex issues. The archives of her writing from The Atlantic can be accessed here

Other Articles and Essays

In addition to eight books, Lane has written upwards of 600 articles and essays over the past two decades. They’ve covered a variety of wide variety of topics, from aviation and adventure to improving health care and education, to issues of voice, passion, and purpose. Here are links to some favorite articles and essays.

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