April Book Club: Up: A Mother and Daughter’s Peakbagging Adventure by Patricia Ellis Herr

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

Would you let your 5 year old climb to a top of a 4,000+ foot mountain? How about 48 of those mountains? That’s what Trish Herr helped her daughter Alex accomplish. In our April Book Club selection Up: A Mother and Daughter’s Peakbagging Adventure, Patricia Ellis Herr and her daughter trekked New Hampshire’s mountains through rain, hail and snow. Alex persistence and her mother’s support enabled her to to bag all forty-eight peaks.

Here’s more about the book:


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.”


Join From Left to Write members on April 12 as we discuss Up: A Mother and Daughter’s Peakbagging Adventure.

Pick up your copy and share your thoughts with us.  Up: A Mother and Daughter’s Peakbagging Adventure (Broadway Books) by Patricia Ellis Herr is available for pre-order and will be released tomorrow, April 3.

Visit Trish’s blog as she continues to document her outdoor adventures with her two daughters.


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