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Emma Gatewood was the first woman to hike the entire Appalachian Trail alone, as well as the first personman or womanto 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.… (més)
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Títol:Grandma Gatewood's Walk: The Inspiring Story of the Woman Who Saved the Appalachian Trail
Autors:Ben Montgomery (Autor)
Informació:Chicago Review Press (2014), Edition: Later Printing, 288 pages
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This was a surprisingly moving story about the first woman to walk the entirety of the Appalachian Trail at the age of 67. The story takes you on a journey through the original stitchings of what made up the original AT as it was in the mid-1950's. As you read about her walk, you learn about Emma's personal story and the life-long love she had for the woods. In many ways the challenges posed by an overgrown, unkept trail paled in comparison to the challenges she overcame in life. ( )
  jeremi.snook | Aug 1, 2022 |
Listened to the audio book. A fascinating story about an incredibly strong woman. Being familiar with parts of the AT in Virginia and West Virginia I really enjoyed the descriptions. It made me feel like I was there again. ( )
  LittleSpeck | May 17, 2022 |
What an amazing woman.!! She does not care what anyone thinks and she goes ahead and does it. (A great Nike, "just do it" example, although they promoted this motto years after she actually did it.)
I have walked a small bit of the trail in Pennsylvania. I cannot imagine doing it all with the minimal support supplies that she used. She does inspire me a lot! ( )
  Katyefk | Apr 11, 2022 |
I'm mostly really liking this book. Grandma Gatewood is inspiring for her just do it attitude toward walking and love for the solitude and beauty of nature, but depressing in that she had such limited choices in her life that she stayed with her husband as long as she did. It took some getting used to the back & forth in her life and the input of the outside world's history into the book, but decided that it did add to the story. ( )
  EllenH | Mar 11, 2022 |
I read this in 2 days. I could have read it quicker, but life takes over sometimes. It was a book club choice after reading about John Muir & Gifford Pinchot for our last selection. I liked this book much more. I was kept interested throughout the book - during her trail tramping, her family history, the periods of U.S. history, etc. I am a year older than she was when she walked it the first time, and I have to say I definitely admire her strength, persistence and level headedness! ( )
  Wren73 | Mar 4, 2022 |
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We do not go into the woods to rough it; we go to smooth it. We get it rough enough at home. ~George Washington Sears
Now or never. ~Henry David Thorough
I get faster as I get older. ~Emma Gatewood
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Emma Gatewood was the first woman to hike the entire Appalachian Trail alone, as well as the first personman or womanto 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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