Two for the Summit: My Daughter, the Mountains, and Me

 

Two for the Summit: My Daughter, the Mountains, and Me
Page Type Gear Review
Object Title Two for the Summit: My Daughter, the Mountains, and Me
Manufacturer Geoffrey Norman (Penguin Group)
Page By Augie Medina
Page Type Jul 15, 2007 / Sep 7, 2018
Object ID 3543
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A sports and outdoors journalist, fueled by the need for more than vicarious adventure, decides, in celebration of his 50th birthday, to prepare for climbing the Grand Teton. Unexpectedly, his 15-year old daughter expresses interest in sharing the adventure. They start from “scratch” including learning technical climbing. The author masterfully recounts the rewards, as well as the tensions, of a father-daughter team engaged in the risky endeavor that mountain climbing can be. They attain their Grand Teton objective and then set their sights on a new goal, to climb Aconcagua. The book’s finale is the two on the summit of Aconcagua although the drama that played out was Dad almost having to turn around near the summit after insisting that daughter Brooke press ahead.

Product Details

Price: $22.95
Hardback: 242 pages
Author: Geoffrey Norman
Publisher: Penguin Group
Year Published: 2000
Language: English
ISBN: 0-525-94494-X

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Augie Medina - Jul 15, 2007 8:02 pm - Voted 5/5

Mountain Adventures With Your Kids
This is a fast and enjoyable read. In the process of learning the technical skills they would need to pursue their goals, Dad had to learn how to stop from being over-protective of his daughter. When they took a rock climbing class, Dad had to deal with a situation where the instructor was unduly harsh with his daughter but not with the other male students. But daughter Brooke made it clear to Dad she wouldn’t tolerate him having words with the guide—she wanted to handle things on her own. And she did.

On the Aconcagua climb, when Dad was virtually certain that the guide was going to turn him around near the summit, Dad insisted -over daughter’s protest- that she go on without him. But he made it too. Reflective of the one of the book’s main themes of a father “learning to let go” Dad remarks about reaching the summit: “I had followed my daughter to the top, which was not the way I had expected it to be or the way that it had always been.”

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