Grandma Gatewood's Walk

Grandma Gatewood's Walk

The Inspiring Story of the Woman Who Saved the Appalachian Trail

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Emma Gatewood was the first woman to hike the entire Appalachian Trail alone, as well as the first person—man or woman—to walk it twice and three times and she did it all after the age of 65. This is the first and only biography of Grandma Gatewood, as the reporters called her, who became a hiking celebrity in the 1950s and '60s. She appeared on TV with Groucho Marx and Art Linkletter, and on the pages of Sports Illustrated. The public attention she brought to the little-known footpath was unprecedented. Her vocal criticism of the lousy, difficult stretches led to bolstered maintenance, and very likely saved the trail from extinction. Author Ben Montgomery was given unprecedented access to Gatewood's own diaries, trail journals, and correspondence. He also unearthed historic newspaper and magazine articles and interviewed surviving family members and hikers Gatewood met along the trail. The inspiring story of Emma Gatewood illustrates the full power of human spirit and determination.
Publisher: 2014
Edition: 1
ISBN: 9781613747193
Call Number: OverDrive ebook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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Jun 26, 2020

Really inspirational. You are never too old too poor too ill-prepared too female or too out of shape to do something you really want to do.

Dec 15, 2019

Emma Gatewood was an amazing woman. It is difficult to comprehend her achievement of hiking the AT at age 67. The story includes not only details about her trek but also current events of the time. We also get a glimpse into the difficult years she spent with an abusive husband. What didn't kill her certainly made her stronger.

Oct 14, 2018

Loving the outdoors and a challenge, this is an amazing story well-written.

Sep 15, 2017

Interesting book, especially for someone interested in the Appalachian Trail. Details of the trip itself seem a bit perfunctory. I realize this was awhile ago, but would have preferred a more reflective tone. It's amazing what this woman accomplished with her lifelong dream of through-walking the AT--she sparked a revival of interest that has not ended.

This book is a lot of fun to read. In 1955 at the age of 67 Emma Gatewood packed up and headed out to hike the Appalachian Trail. This story is about her hike, and about the trail itself. She was a remarkable lady, very strong and determined. With great pacing and writing, this book is a welcome read.

Jul 16, 2017

This is a great story of an amazing woman who walked and walked and walked. I loved the way the author weaved her life story along with the history of the AT in this book. It is a must read and will get you inspired to "take a walk".

Apr 17, 2017

she is awesome, book was pretty good and skipped from her backstory to the trail. a few boring/dry parts mixed in weird ways, but I guess only so much changes on a 2000 mile trail! liked part author added at end

KHCPL_Wagner Jan 19, 2017

The amazing true story of the 67 year-old grandmother who in 1955 became the first woman to hike the entire Appalachian Trail alone.

To be in your 60s and still ambitious enough to want to "go for a walk" on one of the most strenuous trails in the U.S. is just amazing. What will I do in my lifetime that has such an impact? Although this isn't an extremely well-written account, it pulls together enough of her story to make for a fascinating read.

May 05, 2016

Totally in awe of Grandma Gatewood and fascinated by the Appalachian Trail and its thru-hikers. However, this was kind of a dry, newspaper style recitation of facts. Went off on tangents about other news making events that happened while she was hiking which I ended up skimming at times. I'm glad I read it, but probably has a limited audience.

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