About Me

January 2016

My name is Alexandra Herr and I am currently in 7th grade.  I have been hiking NH's Four Thousand Footers since I was five years old.  I love to hike, and I almost always hike with my younger sister and my mom.  Here are some of my hiking accomplishments in NH and in other parts of the world:
  • NH Four Thousand Footers (2008-2009, was the second-youngest girl to do so, now I'm the third-youngest thanks to Sage)
  • Winter NH Four Thousand Footers (2008-2012, youngest person to do so)
  • Trailwrights 72 peaks, NH (2008-2014, youngest person to do so)
  • el Camino de Santiago, complete 500+-mile Camino Frances route (from SJPP to Fisterra) (2013)
  • the 211-mile John Muir Trail (2014)
  • parts of the Great Wall of China (2015)
  • 46 State Highpoints (2010-2016)
These hikes are documented on my mom's blog, Trish, Alex, and Sage.

I am also a co-founder (along with my mom and my sister) of the NH Terrifying 25 list.  This is a list of the most "terrifying" trails in NH.  I am the creator of the patch which is given to hikers who complete this list, and I am an administrator on the T25 Facebook Group, which currently has over 600 members.

Recently (July 2016), I became CoAdopter of the Alpine Garden Trail on Mt. Washington.  My mother, sister, and I look forward to rebuilding cairns, creating scree walls, and generally keeping this trail maintained over the next few years.

I have recently started this blog because my mom, Trish Herr, believes I am ready to have one now.  I want to have a blog because it will be fun to document my hikes online -- I am excited to develop my blog through different trip reports!  I enjoy hiking, and my other hobbies are drawing, karate, slack lining, skiing, biking, and reading.

12 comments:

  1. Go Alex! I have no doubt you and your mother and sister can complete any hiking goal you set your minds to!

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    1. Thank you so much! :)

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  2. Always enjoy what ever you do. If you do this you will accomplish wonders.

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    1. Thanks! I agree.

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  3. Thanks Tom and John! That is really nice of you.

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  4. I've following your hiking adventures since 2012, and it makes me almost envious and deeply nostalgic (having grown up in the White Mountains and peakbagging them from ages 6-12 - I thought that that was a young age!) You, your mother and sister are truly heroines. Keep hiking!

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    1. Hello there, this is Trish (Alex's mom). Thank you for your very kind comment! Alex is at camp for the next three weeks so she can't respond until mid-July. I will make sure she sees this as soon as she gets back. Thanks again for taking the time to write.

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  5. Thank you for your support! It is great to hear that you hiked a lot as a kid as well. I hope we meet you on a trail sometime!

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  6. Hey there Alex!,
    ~Love this site! I am so proud of you! As a mom, with a daughter (8th grade)who has a soul in nature and feels deeply about equality and justice too, - we get it! Good luck to you and stick to your beliefs rooted in love and respect for all, - even those who don't know they deserve it or how to feel and use it! I wrote a little diddy to someone who offended me with their obnoxious election and victory signs:

    There are No Winners in the 2016 Election

    No one won. Every American lost.

    When xenophobic, homophobic, ignorant and vague populist emotions and lies run a campaign, truth, justice, equality and vision are lost. Mob takes over.

    When diversity is squashed, culture, creativity and innovation stop.

    When Hope is replaced by Fear, goodness and humanity are conserved. Doubt fills souls.

    When the majority of voters do not get represented, it is not Democracy.

    When rights and privileges are taken away from people, they will fight.

    When peaceful religions are backed into an injust corners of hatred and misunderstanding, they will be inclined to radicalize.

    When gay and lesbian families are told that their Love is wrong, they will rebel.

    Maybe they were only “Words” to “Win” to you, Mr. Trump, but you have eroded the fabric of these United States and left it vulnerable to radicalization, hatred, distrust and attack. You showed that you have no understanding of people, cultures and great civilizations. People will fight for their lives and their beliefs. They will not stop because you say you’re sad or you say “Stop It”.

    We do not Trust you Mr. Trump. You are like a predator, ---who says to the naive, unknowing children, --“it’ll all be okay, --get into my car, C’mon, I’ve got some candy tax-breaks for you”…. “Oooo, Candy” the little minds say……..”I like candy, .............Okay”.

    You stirred the pot, Mr. Trump, only to find you don’t like the flavors all mixed up.

    You Created a false war on Obama and Clinton, much the same as Bush did on Sadam and just as Bush unjustifiably destabilized a whole region and bred a will to fight a war among those affected, you have destabilized our whole country. You have made us vulnerable.

    So, America, it was a good idea. It was an Ideal Idea.

    What a Shame, a literal Shame, that we can’t stand here and say we are the still the greatest nation, built on our unique and unalienable rights, values and ideals anymore.

    No one wins this.
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    The flip side to this, Alex, is that it will prompt those with good souls and hearts and hands to USE them. Maybe we will see more good come about in awareness that everyone can do something. :)

    Keep on trekking! Being out in Nature, with your legs moving, and your mind thinking is just about Perfect!

    ~Take care,
    ~Nancy Ruhl
    Blaine, WA

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    1. Your comment means a lot, thank you! I totally agree, the country's safety is at stake due to this presidency.

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  7. Dear Alex,

    I was hoping to meet with you during your recent visit to UCS, but was unable. My colleagues were inspired by you and your family. And my own 7th grade daughter and I are inspired reading your blog now.

    Thank you for your support of UCS, and for your determination to fight climate change.

    Keep up the great work and your amazing journey!
    And keep in touch! We hope to meet you on the trails some day soon...

    Erika

    Erika Spanger-Siegfried
    http://www.ucsusa.org/about/staff/staff/erika-spanger-siegfried.html

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    1. It was a pleasure to meet with members of UCS! I am grateful to have been able to learn about UCS and talk to some of the top scientists. I love what you do and the values of Union of Concerned Scientists; climate change effects can be so devastating, and I am happy UCS fights against them and tries to stop the worst of these effects.
      Thank you so much for your support and encouragement! I hope to see you on the trails as well.

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