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

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Patrick Lawlor

7 Hours 56 Minutes

Tantor Media

December 2014


Audio Book Summary

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.

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  • Joanne G.

    I stumbled upon this book whilst browsing and I’ve really, really enjoyed it. Grandma Gatewood’s story is that of a formidable woman who raised a very large family, was subjected to extreme violence and abuse from her husband and emerged as a strong, determined, independent woman and an excellent example to all of us. To complete walking the Appalachian Trail successfully, not just once, but three times and to do it back in the fifties and sixties with none of the modern equipment we take for granted nowadays. She’s a true heroine. I love, loved, loved this book and strongly recommend it. Excellent!

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  • Anonymous

    It was boring. Narrator did nothing enhance the already boring book. Waste of time.

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  • Mayda T.

    Well written, good imagery. I am in awe of this amazing grandma!!

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