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Sunday, 28 October 2012

Up: A Mother and Daughter’s Peak Bagging Adventure

Written by Antoinette Marie
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This gem of a book will warm your heart and have you packing a backpack to climb the nearest mountain. “Up” takes you on a delightful journey of a little girl who, with her mother, does the impossible: climbs forty-eight of New Hampshire’s tallest mountains. At only four years old she has the spirit of an adult and the energy of many more. We travel with mother and daughter as they spend their weekends bonding by climbing mountains and camping outside. 

They go it alone most of the time, but along the way they meet lifelong friends. Fellow climbers read about their weekly adventures and during the last 4k climb they show up to watch this little girl reach the summit and receive her 4k badge. Full of emotion, this book is loaded with candid shots of Alex standing at summits, trudging through forests and giving us her biggest smiles. 

We accompany her as she takes her first steps on a hike in the snow. The sorrow she feels when she sees a dying Bumble bee at the top of a summit. Her amazement as she watches a line of spiders going marching by. By the end of the book you’ll be cheering her on and wishing for one more summit to bask in the innocence of a little girl who is seeing the world, the mountain views, the landscape through a child’s eyes and the mother who allows her daughter to be herself. 

If you’re curious to see if Alex has continued her journeys, you can visit her and her mother on their website and see what they’ve been up to. You’ll also meet Alex’s younger sister Sage who is also an avid climber and a father who has a compelling story of his own to share. 

©Antoinette Marie

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