At forty-eight years old, Cheryl Suchors vows to summit the highest forty-eight peaks in New Hampshire’s challenging White Mountains—and discovers, in the years that follow, that in order to feel truly successful, she will have to do much more than tick off peaks.
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 threatens her own life, she seeks solace and recovery in the wild. Her quest takes ten years. Regardless of the need since childhood to feel successful and in control, climbing teaches her mastery isn't enough and control is often an illusion.
Connecting with friends and with nature, Suchors redefines success: she discovers a source of spiritual nourishment, spaces powerful enough to absorb her grief, and joy in the persistence of love and beauty. 48 Peaks inspires us to believe that, no matter what obstacles we face, we too can attain our summits.
Cheryl Suchors grew up in Southern, Eastern and Mid-Western US. She grew even more living with a Mexican family one summer in high school and spending her junior year of college in Spain. She is a proud graduate of Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. After getting an MBA from Harvard she became, in succession, a management consultant, telecommunications officer, partner in a national accounting and consulting firm, and president of her own small consulting company. Then she found the courage to launch her second career as a writer. She’s published short works and poems. At forty-eight years old, Cheryl vowed to summit the highest forty-eight peaks in New Hampshire’s rugged White Mountains to help her find success during a career transition. She discovered, in the years that followed, that in order to feel truly successful, she would have to do much more than tick off peaks. Besides the White Mountains of New Hampshire, Cheryl has hiked in California, Colorado, Maine, Montana, Massachusetts, New Mexico, New Zealand, Nova Scotia, Poland, Spain, Switzerland, Utah, Virginia and Washington. She’s a member of the Four Thousand Footer Club, the Appalachian Mountain Club and the Sierra Club. Cheryl lives in the Boston area with her husband and a plethora of plants. In their spare time they visit their daughter, travel, and engage in political activism.