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UP - A Mother and Daughter's Peakbagging Adventure

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  • 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 is a fascinating book about a mother who lets her daughter have the freedom to hike that some of us can only dream about. 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.".Author - Patricia Ellis Herr.Binding - paper.Pages - 256.Publisher - Random House.Year - 2012.ISBN - 9780307952073.

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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Dienne TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 9, 2012
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I basically enjoyed Patricia Ellis Herr's account of her year spent hiking all forty-eight 4,000+ peaks in the state of New Hampshire with her five-year-old daughter Alex (and sometimes three-year-old Sage as well). Herr and her daughters are clearly plucky, confident and strong young ladies who not only bit off an ambitious project but doggedly chewed it to the finish. The story is easy reading and engaging enough that I cared about Alex and cheered for her when she achieved her goal by summiting 4,802 foot Mount Mousilauke, although I never doubted along the way that she could do it.

That said, there are some elements of Herr's writing style and tone that set me a bit on edge and spoiled the reading experience for me. Primarily my concern is that she focuses too much on finding Messages in each experience and hitting her readers over the head with them rather than just letting the story - and Alex's bold personality - unfold naturally and allowing readers to take their own messages from it. The result is oftentimes clunky, self-conscious, over-thought and occasionally rather defensive.

One of the best illustrations of this is the chapter entitled "To Get Where She Wants to Go, a Girl Must Punch Through Rotting Snow". This hike, Alex's thirtieth peak, takes place in early spring, a time when the snow on the mountains is melting and mushy, making the going quite rough as one frequently plunges thigh-deep into the slushy stuff. Along the way Alex says, "Jacob told me I can't be good at math because I'm a girl." Now, call me simplistic, but this seems like a no-brainer to me for someone whose daughter has hiked twenty-nine mountains: "Yeah, and you're not supposed to be good at climbing mountains either because you're a girl. So what do you think about such silly ideas?
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Kelly Sottelbaum on May 20, 2012
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There sure are a lot of hiking stories/memoirs getting published lately. This one brings something new to the table: a child, while, unfortunately not the main "character," is the main focus of the story. That is, the daughter in the story is the one trying to achieve the goal of hiking the 4000ft summits. While this has a likelihood of greatly appealing to those of us with kids, the book itself is lacking in a very important facet.

So mom and daughter start hiking, and soon daughter decides she wants to hike all the peaks. OK, interesting enough. The book discusses the mom's feelings of how things are going, how great mom thinks her daughter is, how mom has to explain to daughter about bigotry in the world, how mom "casually suggests" how advanced daughter is for her age, how mom...wait a minute! I wanted to hear more about the DAUGHTER. You know, the 5 year old that mom has to defend when other hikers thinks she's crazy for bringing her out. Yeah, the same 5 year old that mom has to watch out for when weather turns bad, and that mom...

Granted, a book written by a 6 or 7 year old isn't going to be great, but the insight into what the kid is thinking is so thin that, to me, the book basically turned into a "My daughter is great, and here is proof that she's great, and I'm a great mother." Roughly the equivalent of talking to any stranger about their kids.

Perhaps my hopes were inflated after having read AWOL on the Appalachian Trail and
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By K. Jensen on December 8, 2013
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I wanted to like this book. The idea behind this book, was a good one. A mother- daughter peak bagging adventure. Why not? Well I bought this book against the advisement of the other reviewers and having finished it, I will now tell you why not.
There are quite a few aspects of this book that are so repetitive that it just becomes flat out annoying, such as the condescending way the author (and mother) speaks about half of the people she encounters in this book, or the way she blatantly favors one child over the other. I'm going to run these off in list form, just to better organize my thoughts on this book, and so you may skip whatever part you don't agree with easily.

1. Time and time again in this book the author introduces people into the storyline only to use them to prove how much more open minded, kind, politically correct, intelligent she is. it becomes painful to read. Almost every guy she encounters on the trails immediately becomes a condescending sexist could be serial rapist/killer. I find it hard to believe that every man she crossed paths with would come up to her and her daughter, and knowingly talk down to them because they're girls/women hiking. Or make comments like they needed a man to protect them. She sets up every single encounter so that she may then spout off all of the enlightening wisdom she imparts onto her 5 year old daughter about these people being judgmental or sexist. we get it lady. stop finding ways to let it be known that you can do whatever you want "in spite" of being a woman.

2. The first chapter was mind numbing to get through. If I had to read one more line where she starts it with " Alex, was going strong, doing so well.. blah blah blah, but Sage on the other hand....
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