The girls and I are honored to be speakers at the AMC's Annual Summit in Norwood, MA on January 27, 2018. There's a lot going on at this wonderful collection of informative talks and workshops. Check it out -- register, attend, and hang out with a bunch of fun hikers/outdoorspeople! Here's the description of our talk, which can be found on the Summit's webpage.
**Nurturing Amazons: Raising Girls Outdoors
Trish Herr Alex (15) and Sage (12) have hiked the White Mountain Four Thousand Footers with their mother, Trish Herr, almost weekly, year-round, since they were each five years old. They’ve created a podcast, GraniteGals, which celebrates women hikers of the Whites; designed a hiking list and patch—the increasingly popular Terrifying 25, now being pursued by well over a thousand people; become trail maintainers on Mt. Washington; and volunteered to promote environmental conservation and climate change research. Trish will talk about how their journey began; Alex and Sage will share what hiking in all seasons has meant to them, and how they think their outdoor life has influenced their views about themselves and their everyday lives as young and growing women.**
Alex turned 15 on December 28! She is growing into such a kind, intelligent, and wonderful young woman. I'm proud of her. Also, now you see why I've been stepping back and leaving our trip report documentation to her (and, soon, Sage). My girls are older now and it's time for their voices to become louder and mine to become softer.
GraniteGals PodcastSage interviewed Jen Adams, one of her Girl Scout leaders, for the GraniteGals podcast a few weeks ago. You can listen to the podcast here, and you subscribe to it on iTunes.
December HikesOur December hikes included the Kinsmans and Moosilauke. You can read Alex's account of both hikes on her blog, Alex in the White Mountains. We intended to hike December 26 as well, but weather combined with a lot of fresh snow derailed those plans. We'll get back there in early January.