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Join your fellow Smith alumna to celebrate Mountain Day West! Meet and hear Smithie Author Cheryl Suchors '72 read an excerpt of her new book, 48 Peaks, Hiking and Healing in the White Mountains, due out this month. As we mix, mingle, and reflect we invite you to share stories of the figurative and literal mountains you have climbed with your fellow alums. There will also be apple cider and delicious Mountain Day treats.
Description of 48 PEAKS
48 Peaks, Hiking and Healing in the White Mountains is an inspiring story of adventure and persistence. At forty-eight years old, Cheryl Suchors—hoping to find concrete successes and a feeling of control as she changes careers and fifty stares at her from the horizon—vows to summit the highest forty-eight peaks in New Hampshire’s grueling White Mountains. Neglecting to consider her flimsy body, scoliosis, bum knee, and fear of heights, she dives into the challenge.
Along the way, Suchors suffers numerous injuries; her hiking buddy succumbs to ovarian cancer; and she endures breast cancer, a mastectomy, chemotherapy, and five years of adjuvant therapy herself. But she always returns to the mountains—and in that connection she finds spiritual nourishment, as well as a space powerful enough to hold her grief. Over the ten years it takes her to complete her quest, she learns that mastery alone doesn’t satisfy her and control is often an illusion—that she must connect with hiking comrades and with nature in order to feel nourished and enriched. In the end, Suchors creates her own definition of success.
You can check out more about Cheryl at her website: www.cherylsuchors.com.
Fillmore Station (Gold Line) is the closest Metro station and is a $3-6 6 minute Lyft/Uber ride from the station to the host's home. There will also be ample street parking.
*This event is FREE and open to members and non-members. Space is limited.*