May 16, 2012

Josh Christie: 'Up' chronicles hiking adventures of mother, daughter

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Herr stressed the importance of recognizing and mitigating risk, starting with a cautionary opening chapter about getting stuck in a lightning storm on Mount Tom. Her daughter obviously learned the lesson, opting to duck out on a later hike before summiting because the weather was terrible. It's a lesson many adult hikers could stand to learn.

"Up: A Mother and Daughter's Peakbagging Adventure" is an empowing story for hikers young and old. It's a paean to the ageless love of the outdoors, and a strong counterpoint to the endless stories of kids (and adults) sitting inside when they could be out exploring. And, on Mother's Day, it's a reminder to thank Mom for all the adventures she's taken you on, whether to a 6,289-foot peak or just around the block.

Alex has gone on to bag winter summits of all 48 peaks in New Hampshire, and her younger sister Sage joined the Four Thousand Footer Club in November. The trio also climbed Katahdin last fall in a quest to "highpoint" every state.

If you run across Herr, Sage and Alex on a trail, don't be surprised if the dynamo team speeds past you in their quest for another peak.

Josh Christie is a freelance writer and lifetime outdoors enthusiast. He shares column space in Outdoors with his father, John Christie. Josh can be reached at:


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