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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Inspiring! That is the single word I have chose to describe Ben Montgomery's book, "Grandma Gatewood's Walk." I have long been a fan of the AT and have hiked many sections. I have not (yet) done a through hike. I have read many accounts and had several good friends complete the AT. Susan Hendley was my Girl Scout Leader for many years and an AT thru-hiker in 1978. Reading this book was like listening to her tell me about her hike. The writing is inspiring and the story is memorable with a life of it's own!
This book puts me in Grandma Gatewoods shoes. I can't wait for my first steps on the AT Trail!!
Grandma Gatewood's Walk
I enjoyed most of the book. At times, I feel as though filler was being implemented with very little value. Grandma's story is enough to keep a person happily reading the next page. I'd say this probably should be read by any hiker who questions "do I have what takes to hike the AT?"