Up: A Mother and Daughter's Peakbagging Adventure

Up: A Mother and Daughter's Peakbagging Adventure

by Patricia Ellis Herr
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Up: A Mother and Daughter's Peakbagging Adventure by Patricia Ellis Herr

When Trish Herr became pregnant with her first daughter, Alex, she and her husband, Hugh, vowed to instill a bond with nature in their children. By the time Alex was five, her over-the-top energy levels led Trish to believe that her very young daughter might be capable of hiking adult-sized mountains.

In Up, Trish recounts their always exhilarating—and sometimes harrowing—adventures climbing all forty-eight of New Hampshire's highest mountains.  Readers will delight in the expansive views and fresh air that only peakbaggers are afforded, and will laugh out loud as Trish urges herself to "mother up" when she and Alex meet an ornery—and alarmingly bold—spruce grouse on the trail. This is, at heart, a resonant, emotionally honest account of a mother's determination to foster independence and fearlessness in her daughter, to teach her "that small doesn't necessarily mean weak; that girls can be strong; and that big, bold things are possible."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307952073
Publisher: Crown/Archetype
Publication date: 04/03/2012
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 593,433
Product dimensions: 5.26(w) x 7.82(h) x 0.72(d)

About the Author

PATRICIA ELLIS HERR holds a master's degree in biological anthropology from Harvard University and homeschools her two daughters. She lives in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

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Up: A Mother and Daughter's Peakbagging Adventure 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
DanSz More than 1 year ago
Patricia Herr's memoir/adventure tale tells the story of then 5-year-old Alex's efforts to hike all 48 of New Hampshire's 4,000 foot mountains. Alex finished in one year and three months, becoming the second youngest girl hiker ever to do so. The book itself is a personal reflection on what's good and empowering about kids. As you'd expect from two girls who are able to accomplish the kind of complex goals Alex and her sister, Sage, have, as characters in the book, they aren't cute or treated as subjects in America's Funniest Home Videos. Herr's remarkable strength as a writer is to offer her family to readers as fully formed and developed human beings. Kids yes, but kids with as much strength and will and ability as any adult. As anyone who has ever had kids knows, you just can't force kids up mountains if they don't want to go. One, sure. Two maybe. But 48? No way! Trish supports her amazing daughter's efforts, but it's Alex who is the trooper in this book, proving time and time again that small does not mean weak. The book is a quick but wonderful read for anyone with kids who wants a powerful and inspirational example of kid power. But you don't have to have children to enjoy the adventure.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought the book for my daughter. She is a new mom of a beautiful baby daughter. My daughter lives in Northern New Hampshire and hiking with her new daughter is her dream! She got to page 149 and the book was missing the next 30 pages! But our local Barnes and Noble is replacing the originally book at no cost. She did say that to page 149 the book is great!
DiamondRIdge More than 1 year ago
This book is a heart warming tale of a mother and daughter falling in love with the mountains. Their bond deepens with shared experience. Its a beautiful story, written in simple language and fit to be shared.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
R u an gavin still toghether
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow gavin yost is that you o my gosh i heard ur cool
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
U do to me ur craziest dirties dreams ;)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When life hands you a lemon, make _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not compelling; 4th grade level-
MadRiverRK More than 1 year ago
When Trish first told me she was writing a memoir about her hikes with Alex I just assumed it would be an extension of her trip reports that we all write from time to time where we record our hikes and then post them on various hiking boards for other hikers to read and critique. Little did I realize as I began reading that it would turn out to be so much more than just a chronicle of their hikes together, but her dreams and desires for Alex as she explores the world around her laced with its joys and sorrows that we all must experience in everyday life. Some parents try to protect their children against the perils that the world has to offer even to the detriment of the child who will learn late in life that the world is not fair. Alex will have no such handicap, for she was told and shown very early in life how the world can be a joyous place, yet has the capacity for cruelty as well. Each chapter becomes a classroom as Trish and Alex leave a trailhead and hike to a far off peak encountering some of nature’s wonders as well as her dangers. Not every peak is mentioned in the book and I thought it odd why some were omitted; particularly the North Slide of the Tripyramids, which has turned grown men and women into sniveling puddles of humanity, yet Alex scampered up the slabs with the aplomb of a seasoned hiker. Once I finished the book I realized that UP is not a trip report, but a mother and daughters’ journey of discovery. On a personal note, I have hiked with Trish, Alex and Sage on a number of occasions and have witnessed firsthand Trish’s gentle teaching style and I have no doubt both Alex and Sage will achieve whatever goals or aspirations they set out to conquer in life and this will be accomplished by no small measure due to their childhood filled with wonder and adventures guided by the loving hand of their mother. I love all three, yet Alex holds a special place in my heart for she is an old soul, one who has wisdom, poise, and grace far beyond her years and I suspect that she will be the one to scatter my ashes over West Bond when the time comes. Though don’t rush me on that last point.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An advanced reader copy of this book was passed on to me and I accepted it because it looked interesting. I never finished it. Patricia Ellis Herr may or may not be a good mom but she's not much of a writer. I had to force myself to get as far as I did. I think this probably would have been a good magazine piece - written by someone else. While it has nothing to do with the writing style, I'm not sure I would push my child as much as she did hers. I couldn't tell whether she was doing it for her daughter or for herself.