UP: A Mother and Daughter's Peakbagging Adventure

Reviews & General Press


Publishers Weekly: "Charming [and] uplifting...a keen feminist fable for brave girls."

Kirkus Reviews:  "Herr…captures the joy of being on the trail. More than anything, the narrative serves as an apt landscape for a mother to reflect on her choices and on her struggle with how to explain life’s unfairness (sexism, cruelty of nature, distrust of strangers) to her daughter while continuing to nurture the innocent joys of fleeting childhood.  Warmly ruminative and honestly observant. Witty, unforced humor rescues passages that might be boring in another writer’s hands."

Boston Globe, North:  "...what is more striking than the breathtaking vistas they are rewarded with at the top — including double rainbows — are the mountains of emotions Herr expresses as she observes her daughter growing, not just in hiking skills, but in wisdom about people, learning lessons useful in life: Joy, love, and amazement."

Concord Monitor:  "...an entertaining read...UP perfectly captures the roller coaster ride of parenting."

Maine Sunday Telegram:  "...inspiring and enjoyable...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."

David Roberts, author of Finding Everett Ruess: The Life and Unsolved Disappearance of a Legendary Wilderness Explorer"As someone who has struggled to keep up with Alex on a pair of New Hampshire 4,000ers in winter, I can testify first- hand to what a remarkable hiker and person she is. Trish Herr's charming memoir distills the lessons she learned on the trail with her precocious daughter. Up offers a welcome corrective to the Tiger Mother syndrome."

Erik Weihenmayer, author of Touch the Top of the World: A Blind Man’s Journey to Climb Farther than the Eye Can See and The Adversity Advantage: Turning Everyday Struggles into Everyday Greatness“As a parent of two kids myself, I'm always working for more quality time with cell phones and computers turned off. Some of my best times have been kayaking, hiking, and skiing with my family. It's the stuff life is built on. So I love this mother-daughter tale of sharing something beautiful and profound together and building upon those shared experiences. It's what every family should emulate. The delightful stories put a smile on my face as they brought back memories of my daughter when she was Alex's age. And it warmed my heart as they reached each summit together.”

Features and Interviews

5 Minutes for Mom

Adventure Parents

Albany Times Union (blog)

Appalachian Mountain Club, Connecticut Newsletter, Summer 2012

Appalachian Mountain Club's Great Kids, Great Outdoors

BookPage -- UP is featured as one of the top five book picks for Mother's Day

Bay State Parent

Boston Globe, North

Boston Parents Paper (p. 14 of the May 2012 edition)

CBS News, "Author Talk"

CNN, "The Next List"

CafeMom, "The Stir"

The Campsite

Chicago Tribune


EKP Adventures

Fodor's Travel Blog

Gossamer Gear

The Hiker Mama

The Hippo, pages 54-55

The Journey Seeker podcast with Christopher Haseltine

Kindle Nation Daily; Alexandra Herr, Patricia Ellis Herr, Alex's drawing, Sage's drawing

Lancaster Sunday News

Live Free and Hike

Motherlode -- Parenting Blog of the New York Times

New Moon Girls -- November 2012 issue

Outside Magazine Online


ParentMap (Seattle)


Rock and Ice

Section Hiker

StevenKotler (blog of the NY Times Best-selling Author)

Symptom of the Universe

The Takeaway -- Click "listen" and scroll down to hear our interview (recorded live on May 11, 2012).

Tales of This 4th Grade Teacher

USA Today, "American Life" insert -- the spring/summer 2012 issue contains an excerpt from Up.

USA Today has chosen Up as one of its top ten 2012 Mother's Day books.

Union Leader

WBUR's Radio Boston

WideWorldMag currently features an excerpt from Up.

Yankee Magazine



Book Clubs/Book of the Month

Books for Better Living Book of the Month, May 2012.

From Left to Write.  Book of the Month, April 2012.

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