Grandma Gatewood's Walk

Grandma Gatewood's Walk

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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, sixty-seven-year-old great-grandmother had walked 800 miles along the 2,050-mile Appalachian Trail. And in September 1955, atop Maine's Mount Katahdin, 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. 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.
Publisher: [Old Saybrook, Conn.] : Tantor Audio, [date of publication not identified]
Edition: Unabridged.
Copyright Date: ℗2014
ISBN: 9781494507930
Branch Call Number: CD 917.40443 GAT MON
Characteristics: 7 audio discs (8 hr.) :,digital ;,4 3/4 in.
Additional Contributors: Lawlor, Patrick G. (Patrick Girard)


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Mar 20, 2018

Emma "Grandma" Gatewood was an amazing woman. She through-walked the Appalachian Trail alone in 1955 at age 67. Her history and life after this walk were amazing as well. A good audiobook, well worth listening to.

Dec 06, 2015

What a great read - the audio narrator wasn't my favorite, yet very worthwhile. Amazing woman, who at 67 in 1955 set out on the Appalachian Trail with only 17 pounds in a homemade denim sack, no tent, no sleeping bag or fancy supplies. It's almost hard to imagine she did this grueling walk alone simply based on a National Geographic article, with very little forethought, certainly little planning. Inspiring resilient woman.

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