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In 4th grade I remember the entire grade packing up and getting on buses to go on a field trip. That was the first time I hiked a mountain – and no, it definitely wasn’t one of the high peaks of the Adirondacks. On today’s show, we discover the beauty of hiking, climbing and swimming in the great outdoors, from the comfort of your radio or computer… without even breaking a sweat.


Sylvia Vasquez-Lavado.

Sylvia Vasquez-Lavado.

Silvia Vasquez-Lavado

Jessica LawrenceSilvia Vasquez-Lavado

Living in and near the Adirondack Park means we’re fortunate to be close to some great hiking and wilderness. I hiked Azure Mountain a few years ago with an NCPR colleague, but that hike pales in comparison to the accomplishment of our first author. Not only was Silvia Vasquez-Lavado the first Peruvian Woman to climb Mount Everest, she’s also logged miles hiking across the world. Her memoir came out in early 2022, and despite not being prepared for the emotional rollercoaster of In The Shadow of the Mountain, I truly couldn’t put the book down. Learn more about Sylvia’s non profit, Courageous Girls, here.


“One Step Too Far,” by Lisa Gardner – a Frankie Elkin story

Lisa Gardner

Jessica LawrenceLisa Gardner

Hiking, especially for those who aren’t well equipped, can often be dangerous or even life threatening. Author Lisa Gardner considers herself to be an avid hiker, both in New England and out West. Here recent novel, One Step Too Far takes the reader to Wyoming, where a missing hiker’s father is desperate to find his son- dead or alive- and return him home. Enter Frankie Elkin, a search and rescue civilian who has a knack for finding trouble, and hopefully finding missing people. While not intended to be a series, I can’t wait to see where Frankie Elkin pops up next.


Riley Sagar.  Photo credit: Michael Livio.

Riley Sagar. Photo credit: Michael Livio.

Riley Sagar

Jessica LawrenceRiley Sagar

Riley Sager is arguably one of the most popular names in psychological thrillers. He’s found a huge following for his many books. The House Across the Lake is Riley’s latest novel, and the setting is pretty close to the NCPR Studios in an unnamed town on a lake in the beautiful Green mountains of Vermont. The main character, Casey Fletcher, is grappling with the loss of her husband, and escaping the fame of being an actress in New York. Casey retreats to her family’s home in Vermont hoping to grieve and figure out how to move forward. She strikes up a fast friendship with a neighbor, a world famous model named Katherine. While they discuss life off the grid and the struggles of being famous, Katherine suddenly disappears. What follows next is a thrilling ride complete with break ins, the police, facing the past, and one of author Riley Sager’s biggest plot twists yet.


Whether you’re happy to walk around in your backyard, or you prefer to climb one of the high peaks, grab any of these three books before you pack your bag for a summer getaway. Enjoy the views, and the pages of one of these books, from the top.

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