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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 mountainsIn Up Trish rec. Little people can do big things That in a sentence seems to be Patricia Ellis Herr s theme behind Up A Mother and Daughter s Peakbagging Adventure The book is a memoir that traces author and her five year old daughter Alex as they attempt to join the Four Thousand Footer Club ascending all 40 some of New Hampshire s 4K plus peaksHerr makes it clear that it s all driven by Alex and if the way the little girl is portrayed is accurate then I buy that Alex seems to have been born with an old soul an abundance of energy and no concept of the idea of limits Very coolBut I m less sure that the idea behind the book is as altruistic It wavers between parental advice I think that children are for capable than most adults realize Sometimes they just need to be reminded of their own strength feminist treatise Nothing much happens to boys who say sexist things to girls and love letter Love for my child overwhelms me it threatens to flatten me I am so lucky to have this incredible strong intelligent little girl in my life And all of that isn t bad per se but it does muddy the water a bit as do the not infreuent sidebarring into Why I Never Finished my Harvard PhD and Why I m a Stay At Home Mom I honestly didn t care that much if she were a rocket scientist with a string of initials after her name or if she were a high school dropout It s Alex who s the interesting one sorry MomThe book succeeds when the focus is kept on the idea of mother and child accomplishing something together and euipping your kids to reach their dreams It falters when it takes on a preachy tone Couldn t I be a proper modern day woman stick my babies in day care and stay the course The judgmental tone intended or not will alienate some readers unnecessarily I had to bite my tongue than a few timesAll the same the book was well written and an enjoyable uick read It definitely made me uestion the limits I place on my kids And while I won t be joining the 4K club I may tackle a hike or two this summer

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Up author Patricia Ellis Herr

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 possibl. 25 there are many ways to review this book most of them sound a trifle mean Let s just say that it reads like a parent s defense for why they do what they do The adventure is hidden behind the parental angst which is a bit snobbish and feels faked therefore it will be leaving my bookshelf for a trip to Goodwill

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Ounts 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. I just finished an uncorrected proof copy of UP that I received from the Vine program and I want to start reading it all over againI LOVED THIS BOOKIt made me laugh it made me tear up a little and it showed me the kind of mother I hope to one day be Ellis Herr tells the stories of her daytime and sometimes nighttime peakbagging adventures with her 5 year old daughter Alex They climbed the 48 4000ft and higher peaks in the White Mountains of New Hampshire in 15 months UP is not only about their hikes over roots rocks and streams but it s about a mother daughter bond The chapters tell of lessons they learned along the way and have titles such as Ignore the Naysayers and Little Things Matter a Lot Throughout the hikes Ellis Herr explains to Alex all of the dangers they may encounter along the way and why they bring along the euipment that they have She makes sure Alex understands all of the potential hazards and instills in her that safety comes first even if you re only a few hundred feet from the summit She also has some wonderfully narrated discussions with Alex on the trail covering topics such as feminism and why some people say hurtful things Each member of the Herr family has a story to tell in UP Alex has a younger sister Sage who accompanies them on a couple of hikes Also Alex s dad Hugh who also used to be an avid ice climber before his tragic accident shares his story with the girls Even the way that Patricia talks to Alex in an honest adult matter of fact way is her story as a mother and vowing to not lie to her daughtersI hope this book inspires parents and caregivers of young children to unplug from the TVscomputersvideo games and get out and explore the world around them While I don t have children yet I work with toddlerpreschoolers and their families on a daily basis and see so many watching hours upon hours of TV every day You don t have to be near mountains to explore your surroundings and have adventuresThis book was a very uick read Once you start reading you won t want to put it down I will be telling everyone I know about this beautiful book It s a wonderful storyadventure and I look forward to following the mother s blog from now on


10 thoughts on “Up author Patricia Ellis Herr

  1. says:

    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 critiue Little did I realize as I began reading that

  2. says:

    I hate to spend money on a book and not finish the entire thing But I almost did just that with this book The author spends the first part of this book convincing the reader what a perfect mother she is and what an exceptional daughter she hash

  3. says:

    Little people can do big things That in a sentence seems to be Patricia Ellis Herr's theme behind Up A Mother and Daughter's Peakbagging Adventure The book is a memoir that traces author and her five year old daughter Alex a

  4. says:

    I just finished an uncorrected proof copy of UP that I received from the Vine program and I want to start reading it all over againI LOVED THIS BOOKIt made me laugh it made me tear up a little and it showed me the kind of mother I h

  5. says:

    I liked this book It was interesting to read about the trails particularly in the second half of the book but honestly I'm not sure

  6. says:

    What a bummer Although the idea of taking your young children on peak bagging adventures is inspirational this book is a boring pedantic holier than though book to read I know hiking in the Whites can be dangerous scary been there

  7. says:

    25 there are many ways to review this book; most of them sound a trifle mean Let’s just say that it reads like a parent’s defense for why they do what they do The adventure is hidden behind the parental angst which is a bit snobbish and feels faked; therefore it will be leaving my bookshelf for a trip to Goodwill

  8. says:

    I couldn't slog through this whole book The mom just rubbed me the wrong way I hike with my daughter all the time so thought I would relate but she just felt so self congratulating to me I lost interest in her story

  9. says:

    Of all the outdoors books I’ve been reading and posting about lately this is my favoriteI feel like I should dedicate this post to the jerk who recently told me that women are weak and shouldn’t go into the woods without a man Insert eye roll here If I didn’t have enough evidence already that’s he’s so wrong Patricia Ellis Herr o

  10. says:

    It started by accident almost Herr's daughter was small but she had boundless energy and Herr thought hiking might be a good way to use some of that energy So they climbed a mountain They had some false starts eg their very first hike before Herr understood how conditions differ on and off mountains and before she knew what kind of clothing gear they would need to be comfortable and safe but one hike turned int

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