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48 Peaks: Hiking and Healing in the White Mountains

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Floundering in her second career, the one she’s always wanted, forty-eight-year-old Cheryl Suchors resolves that, despite a fear of heights, her mid-life success depends on hiking the highest of the grueling White Mountains in New Hampshire. All forty-eight of them. She endures injuries, novice mistakes, and the heartbreaking loss of a best friend. When breast cancer threa ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published September 11th 2018 by She Writes Press
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Aug 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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As someone who aspires to hike the Appalachian Trail in my lifetime, the White Mountains are oftentimes a part of my research or the videos I watch, with over one hundred miles of the AT traveling through the range. This is one of the most grueling albeit beautiful parts of the hike. When I discovered Cheryl Suchors’ book, 48 Peaks: Hiking and Healing in the White Mountains by She Writes Press on Netgalley, I almost felt as if it was speakin
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48 PEAKS tells Cheryl Suchors’ poignant, inspirational and beautifully written story of loss, illness, friendship, and recovery. Over a decade, she loses her best friend to cancer, nearly loses her own life to the illness, struggles mightily in a mid-life second career, and copes with a long-held crippling need to succeed and be in control. She decides to hike the highest peaks — all 48 — in New Hampshire’s White Mountains with the support of friends and it is this journey into the wild that lea ...more
Crystal King
Sep 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir
As a New England resident who has done a fair amount of hiking in the region in my past, I found instant love with this memoir. Hiking sounds glamorous but as Cheryl Suchors shows us, it can be HARD. But not as hard as some of the challenges and curveballs that life throws us--injuries, cancer and death of those we love. This beautifully written memoir is not just a journey through the mountains, but also the ups and downs of the soul and the body. It is at times heart wrenching and at other tim ...more
Heather Fineisen
Aug 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
A memoir of bagging 48 peaks through friendships, deaths, cancer, raising a daughter and dealing with injuries and ageing. A nice balance between the narrative of nature and that of personal anecdote. Inspiring and likable, the narrator works through what life throws at her to be the strongest she can be while meeting her utmost goal.

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Sep 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
In 48 peaks: hiking and healing in the While Mountains, author Cheryl Suchors tells of her personal quest to ascend all 48 of New Hampshire’s rugged 4000’+ peaks. She reached her goal after ten years despite many challenges – both physical and spiritual - including the death of a close friend and hiking partner and her personal battle with breast cancer. Her descriptions of her journey are both poignant as well as inspiring.

Even though this genre is not my usual reading fare, I was drawn by the
Donna Cameron
Jun 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I read memoir not just to learn about the author, but also to learn about myself and the world. Cheryl Suchors’ 48 PEAKS offered that and more. While I have no desire to hike mountains or push myself physically as Suchors did, I was with her every step of the way. And on the journey, I pondered friendship, family, loss, and my own place in the universe. As she claimed her courage and overcame both physical and mental obstacles, I acknowledged my own. In addition to being a riveting story, 48 PEA ...more
Elyssa (Elyssa's Editions)
Sep 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs
When I first saw this book shared by Book Sparks, I was really excited. A book called 48 peaks? Could it be about the 48 - 4000 and above footers in NH? It turns out, yes it could, and yet it was. I was surprised to see a memoir about someone who completed them all and was eager to read Cheryl’s experiences. I began hiking the 4000 footers myself in 2009. I took a many year hiatus where I did more of my hiking in VT and locally, and recently got back into NH peak bagging this past summer. I smil ...more
Oct 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the story of one woman's quest to climb all 48, 4,000 or over peaks in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. It may have taken her 10 years to accomplish, but this she finally did, while battling health issues, family, loss of a dear friend and hiking companion. She had many setbacks which an ordinary person would have given up on.
I found her story to flow beautifully, keeping my interest while climbing those daunting mountains as if I was there with her. She is a person who did everyth
Susan Stewart
Sep 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
48 Peaks is beautifully written and engaging memoir. Cheryl Suchors doesn’t just describe her journey through the loss of her best friend, her own bout with cancer, and her mountain-climbing adventures – she takes her readers along with her. I was moved to tears in several places and laughed out in just as many. Suchors’ love of language is apparent in her delightful turns of phrase, her evocative imagery, and in her ability to engage her readers emotionally. She includes just enough detail abou ...more
Barbara Ridley
Dec 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
Inspiring, well-written account of the author's quest to climb the Over-4000-foot mountains in New Hampshire's White Mountains - all 48 of them. She accomplished this over the course of several years, and in the face of numerous injures and physical health challenges, and the death of her beloved first hiking buddy. As someone who has hiked in mountains throughout North America and Europe, but only recently in these White Mountains, I can attest to how surprisingly difficult they are. Suchors's ...more
Cozy Cat Reviews
Sep 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a book to savor . It is that rare book that must be bought to kept in the bookcase and that you will recommend for years to come. It will change your life like Eat Pray Love and Wild. It is a heartwarming true account of the author's determination to climb 48 peaks in New Hampshire through cancer and grief. I loved the sheer will she exhibited throughout as she never lost focus on her goals. She is someone to be admired . I enjoyed reading this and plan on giving it out for gifts. I high ...more
Lauren Tomlinson
Oct 21, 2018 rated it liked it
I live so close to these mountains. I wanted to love this book. I wanted this book to inspire me to go out and hike. Unfortunately I think this book just wasn't for me. I expected it too be more like Wild by Cheryl Strayed. A good true story but it bogged me down.
Sue Finan
Aug 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
While the author is climbing, she's . walking us through her relationships with thoughts and emotions, uncovering an inner peace and freedom. Quite a journey and a precious gift to those of us who are still climbing - and searching -
Brian Miller
Sep 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A very good book about overcoming adversity, in this case cancer, and still work towards achieving your goals. Cheryl finds out she has breast cancer but still wants to climb all 48 peaks over 4000 feet tall in New Hampshire. As someone who has climbed a few, this is no small feat. Through dedication and tenacity the author succeeds in her challenge while remaining true to herself and her family and friends. A must read for anyone who likes hiking and finding the determination to succeed against ...more
Belle Brett
Aug 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Cheryl Suchors’ gorgeous and inspiring memoir about her midlife quest to climb the 48 highest mountains in New Hampshire’s rugged White Mountains will leave you both breathless and awe-struck. From the the opening scene when Suchors has climbed yet another peak, this time to spread the ashes of her best friend and former hiking partner who has died of cancer, we know we are in for an arduous but rewarding journey. From there, the story weaves seamlessly back and forth in time as she initially se ...more
Dec 16, 2018 rated it liked it
I find the author’s journey through loss and illness incredibly inspiring, and she demonstrates real strength in working through the challenges of her life. Those sections of the book I would rate five stars for brutal honesty, beautiful articulation of the struggles, and emotional clarity.

But as someone who is currently hiking the 4000 footers (40 peaks in three summers), with a badly damaged and reconstructed knee, who started older at 59 than the age the author finished, I found some of the
Aug 25, 2018 added it
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Full disclosure: I met the author of this memoir once, at a Smith College Club of Cambridge book club meeting. We share connections to Smith, Cambridge, the White Mountains, Kripalu, and possibly other places/institutions that I don't know about! The many familiar settings may have amplified my enjoyment, but I believe the narrative would holds its own even for someone with zero connection to the places described therein.

Amid the many pop psychology books currently coaching grit and resilience,
Sep 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
48 Peaks by Cheryl Suchors

Full disclosure: I’m grateful to NetGalley for the free advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I give this book 4 stars.

This book is meant to be savored with a cup of coffee or tea, and time to relax and hear the story while appreciating the relationships with their strengths and challenges. It is a beautifully blended memoir with honesty, vulnerability, courage and strength. The author is my hero. She is strong enough to demonstrate her strengths an
Beth Barrett
Sep 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
48 Peaks unfurls as a mighty testament to the human spirit in the genre of other classic heroic journey tales among them “Wild,” “The Boys in the Boat,” and “Unbroken.” The uniqueness of Cheryl Suchors’ always fascinating, entertaining and alternatingly heartbreaking, illuminating and humorous quest is the every woman quality she brings to the decade she spent battling not only the body-crushing granite of New Hampshire’s White Mountains, but cancer, the loss of loved ones, professional insecuri ...more
Barbara Costa
48 Peaks is an impressive work, and a completely enjoyable read – it was hard to put the book down. The arc of all Cheryl set out to do, and how she did it, was compelling, and she told it very honestly and openly. I was moved by how she handled her many challenges toward accomplishing her 48-peak hiking goal, not to mention her 10-year effort to write about it — her perseverance and determination are noteworthy and downright inspirational. The terrific writing really propelled me through the bo ...more
Sandra Spring
I received this book as a gift and had hoped to hear Cheryl Suchors talk at one of our local bookshops in the Boston area, but never made it. What an inspiration this woman is! There were times when I truly felt like I was with her; the struggle of climbing some of those White Mountains is daunting, but I love how she broke it up into manageable pieces and had a mantra for each portion. Living through her struggle with breast cancer, the death of family members and friends, and yet seeing the st ...more
Mike He
Nov 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
"48 Peaks: Hiking and Healing in the White Mountains" is a clear testament to the proverb, "When there is a will, there is a way." In this well-written, inspiring memoir, Cheryl Suchors tell her stories about how she turns her childhood dream into a fervent pursuit of mountain hiking and climbing because of her love of mother nature and its beauty. As a result, thanks to her unswerving determination, Suchors succeeds in reaching on the tops of the 48 highest mountains in New Hampshire in ten yea ...more
Nov 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Another book for an "arm chair mountain climber." Although I'm a bit of a hiker and have only climbed Sandstone Peak (Santa Monica Mountains, 3111 feet) I love reading about other more challenging adventures. Never having been to New Hampshire I knew nothing about the White Mountains. The author took me along as we hiked these deceptively difficult mountains. 4000 feet - doesn't sound so high - but the terrain and and weather team to present challenging hiking/scrambling/climbing. Along with the ...more
Jean Moore
Oct 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Carrying a backpack full of personal adversity—the death of a friend, a sister with Down Syndrome, surviving her own cancer—the author of this memoir sets out to scale more than the many peaks of New Hampshire’s White Mountains. The reader, wanting answers to questions (Will she succeed? How will she do it?), will find a narrator who does not disappoint. Without exception, this memoir gives insight into the author’s motivation and into her outsized appreciation of the healing powers of the natur ...more
Linda Barton
Oct 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a must read. Not only does Cheryl Suchors chronicle the hikes of 48 mountain peaks, she beautifully weaves into this diary her history of breast cancer, her fear of heights, the myriad injuries sustained while hiking and the death of family members as well as her first hiking buddy. It is a story of friendship, determination, understanding and growth that is so beautifully written that time flies by and the hesitancy to set this book down is overwhelming.
A.M. Matthews
Nov 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
48 Peaks is an excellent book, I highly recommend it. I am not a hiker and not interested in hiking, so I was very surprised I enjoyed reading 48 Peaks so much. The author is an excellent writer, her descriptions are something to savor. I particularly liked several of her analogies, they resonated with me as poignant and on target. I found the author’s personal story and life challenges captivating. Additionally, the book is well-paced, beautifully organized and presented.
Cathy Zane
Dec 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A wonderfully inspiring memoir for hikers and non-hikers alike, Cheryl Suchors chronicles her quest to hike every one of the 48 peaks in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. She endures not only the injuries and self-doubt that accompany her ambitious undertaking, but also the loss of her best friend and her own cancer diagnosis. A testament to hope, perseverance, and human resilience, Suchor’s book is heartwarming, moving, and ultimately uplifting.
Bettye Kearse
Nov 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
48 Peaks: Hiking and Healing in the White Mountains is an honest, gusty memoir. I enjoyed the writing, the descriptions, the subtle humor, and the characters, especially the author herself. Her message of perseverance—in spite of adverse weather, stubborn mountains, physical pain, injuries, illness, and the death of a dear friend—is inspiring.
Rachel Stansel
Aug 11, 2018 rated it liked it
I love a good hiking memoir. This is an interesting one. The mountains and hikes are detailed somewhat but the focus is more on the hiker and her thoughts and emotions. I found it a unique perspective that was clearly written and enlightening.

Full disclosure - I received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Jan 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Excellent story of triumph and challenge. A true confirmation that nothing comes easy in life. One must aim high and drive forward to succeed in life
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