YOUR STORY / 7-Year-Old Mountain Climber

March 13th, 2010 in Archive by 4 Comments

Trish Herr called in on the Hidden World of Girls phone line to tell the story of her young mountain-climbing daughter:

On August 30, 2009, my six year old daughter, Alexandra, stood on the summit of New Hampshire’s Mt. Moosilauke and marked the end of a long, adventurous journey.  She had just completed a mission to earn her way into the Four Thousand Footer Club, an organization that recognizes those who ascend, on foot, all 48 of New Hampshire’s highest White Mountains.  She is now the youngest girl on record to complete this quest, and the youngest person to hike the Whites through all four seasons.

Hiking through fifteen consecutive months, Alex endured heat, humidity, rain, fog, thunderstorms, hail, snow, subzero temperatures, and high winds — and she loved (almost) every minute of it.

Our adventures, complete with photographs and videos, are documented and recorded on our blog, Trish and Alex Hike the 4000 Foot Whites

-Patricia Ellis Herr, Somerville, MA

Listen to Alexandra describe her mountain adventures:

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I have met this wonderful little girl and her mom. Both are personable, fun loving people. Congratulations Alex!!! Check out Trish’s blogspot. Where you will find funny stories and beautiful photos of their travels.

Karen Maineri fellow 4K Club member and grandmother


I must make a correction to Alex’s story — she is the second youngest girl to accomplish this feat, not the first. I was just informed by the Four Thousand Footer Club’s record keeper that a 5 1/2 year old girl was the youngest girl to climb all 48 mountains (he did not give me her name, otherwise I would give her the credit here).

I apologize for my error,
Trish Ellis Herr

Trish Ellis Herr


My daughters, aged 6 and 7, and i were reading about the 13 year old boy who climbed Everest yesterday. We decided that was great, but we wanted to read about girl climbers, and we googled “girl mountain climbers.” Your story was the first, and the girls LOVED your photos. They can relate to Alex because she is their age (and because they visit NH every summer).

As a mom, I thank you for helping me illustrate my point this morning that it’s not just boys who do cool things outdoors. Keep climbing, Alex!!

Friends in Massachusetts

E. Cheng


Jordan Romero is my Nephew. Im going to share this story with him. I know he will love it. Thanks!

Art Romero

Art Romero


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