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Grandma Gatewood's Walk: The Inspiring Story of the Woman Who Saved the Appalachian Trail

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Emma Gatewood told her family she was going on a walk and left her small Ohio hometown with a change of clothes and less than two hundred dollars. The next anybody heard from her, this genteel, farm-reared, 67-year-old great-grandmother had walked 800 miles along the 2,050-mile Appalachian Trail. And in September 1955, having survived a rattlesnake strike, two hurricanes, and a run-in with gangsters from Harlem, she stood atop Maine's Mount Katahdin. There she sang the first verse of “America, the Beautiful” and proclaimed, “I said I'll do it, and I've done it.”

Grandma Gatewood, as the reporters called her, became 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. Gatewood became a hiking celebrity and appeared on TV and in 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, and interviewed surviving family members and those she met along her hike, all to answer the question so many asked: Why did she do it? The story of Grandma Gatewood will inspire readers of all ages by illustrating the full power of human spirit and determination. Even those who know of Gatewood don't know the full story — a story of triumph from pain, rebellion from brutality, hope from suffering.

Review:

"Ben Montgomery adds his name to those famous Americans — from Henry David Thoreau to Rosa Parks to Fats Domino to Forrest Gump — who have celebrated the revolutionary power of walking." Roy Peter Clark, author of The Glamour of Grammar: A Guide to the Mystery and Magic of Practical English

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"A quiet delight of a book." Kirkus Reviews

Synopsis:

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.

About the Author

Ben Montgomery is a staff writer at the Tampa Bay Times and cofounder of the Auburn Chautauqua, a Southern writers collective. He was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2010 and has won many other national writing awards.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781613747186
Subtitle:
The Inspiring Story of the Woman Who Saved the Appalachian Trail
Author:
Montgomery, Ben
Publisher:
Chicago Review Press
Subject:
Outdoor Skills
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20140401
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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Product details 288 pages Chicago Review Press - English 9781613747186 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Ben Montgomery adds his name to those famous Americans — from Henry David Thoreau to Rosa Parks to Fats Domino to Forrest Gump — who have celebrated the revolutionary power of walking." Roy Peter Clark, author of The Glamour of Grammar: A Guide to the Mystery and Magic of Practical English
"Review" by , "A quiet delight of a book."
"Synopsis" by , 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.
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