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5-year-old joins 4,000-footer club

April 7, 2012

Last night I read a book review of Patricia Ellis Herr’s new memoir, UP: A Mother and Daughter’s Peakbagging Adventure.  

Reviewer Jeanne Sager Sager wrote, “In a book powered by the kind of moxie that I so want to instill in my daughter, Trish Herr has recounted the process, from the day she first learned what peakbagging was (think bagging in terms of “having this one in the bag” or marking each peak off a bucket list) to her first trek with then 5-year-old Alex and beyond.

“Anticipating potential controversy, Trish chose to begin the book with one of the most harrowing ordeals of the adventure, getting caught in a freak electrical storm with not only Alex (5 at the time) but also 3-year-old daughter Sage. She uses the unpredictability of the weather to couch her entire argument for her daughter’s extraordinary task. They were as prepared as could be; weather reports never showed it coming. They were like any other family out for a hike.”

The book sounds like a fabulous – and motivating – read.

Read Sager’s complete review here.

Watch video of author Patricia Ellis Herr and her daughters Alex and Sage.

About Jan Stearns

I've been living in and loving New Hampshire's White Mountains for most of my life. I moved to Waterville Valley in 1981 and quickly realized why it was dubbed a Yankee Shangri-la. Once you’ve experienced Waterville Valley, you’ll want to call it yours. The great team of Realtors at Waterville Valley Realty can help you find a Waterville Valley home that fits your lifestyle and budget. 1-888-987-8333.

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