A while back Ashley and I were given a copy of Following Atticus to do a book review for our blog. I had a chance to read the book and would say that its is a great read. This is the story of an out-of-shape newspaperman, Tom Ryan, and Atticus M. Finch, a miniature schnauzer who become an unlikely pair of hikers/mountaineers. After deciding to pay tribute to a friend who died of cancer, they set out to climb all 48 of New Hampshire’s 4,000-foot peaks, twice, in the 90 days of winter. This book dives deep into their adventures of climbing New Hampshire's Mountains in the heart of winter.
In a way, this is a book that all hikers can relate to as it is a story about finding oneself and what is truly important in life. Utilizing the quotes of John Muir, Mark Twain, Walt Whitman, and other writers and philosophers, Ryan paints a majestic picture of the White Mountains and brings the reader along for the ride. This might seem like a story written only for dog or animal lovers, however, it is the true story of a man who was stuck until a homeless miniature schnauzer changed the course of his life. If you are looking for a good book that involves the outdoors and is an inspiring story we can definitely recommend Following Atticus.