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  • The Inspiring Story of the Woman Who Saved the Appalachian Trail
  • Written by: Ben Montgomery
  • Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor
  • Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (31 ratings)

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Grandma Gatewood's Walk

Written by: Ben Montgomery
Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor
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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 $200. 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, 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.

©2014 Ben Montgomery (P)2014 Tantor

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"A quiet delight of a book." ( Kirkus)

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A thru hikers must read

An amazing story of the legendary Grandma Gatewood. Listening to this story inspires me to plan my next thru hike on the AT.

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Grandma Gatewood started her first AT Hike at my age. I was both challenged and inspired by her story of stamina.

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Great book!!

I really enjoyed the book. Your content of America’s history along side her experience was brilliant. Well done. Thank you.

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