Grandma Gatewood's Walk - Ben Montgomery

Grandma Gatewood's Walk

By Ben Montgomery

  • Publication Date: 2014-04-01
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 94 Ratings)

Book Overview

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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Users Reviews

  • Grandma Gatewood's Walk

    3
    By FingersJauch
    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?"
  • Grandma Gatewood

    5
    By 109374:$&@
    This book puts me in Grandma Gatewoods shoes. I can't wait for my first steps on the AT Trail!!
  • Grandma Gatewood's Walk

    5
    By Dlzhlisa
    This is one of the most inspiring books I have ever read. The story of Emma Gatewood's hikes, and her life will make you realize that to accomplish anything it just takes putting one foot in front of the other, again, and again, and again. Move forward, travel light and enjoy the scenery.
  • Inspiring Read!

    5
    By write4jan
    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!
  • A.T. Hiker

    5
    By Magoo ME2GA 96-97-98
    Having started a north to south thru hike in 1996 and being unable to finish until two years later because of injury, I understand the difficulties faced by anyone attempting to do the Appalachian Trail in one continous trip. Ben Montgomery brought The Trail and the dangers alive and even though I knew about Emma’s feat, he brought out details of her life and hike of which I had never heard. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and recommend it to anyone interested in the A.T. or an account of triumph by a lady who had no special skills except determination and perseverance.
  • Quintessential AT

    5
    By Djlong5
    This book rocks on so many levels. First, age. Second, female. Third, victory. Overarching the primeval need to be outside. Kudos.
  • Grandma Gatewood's Walk

    5
    By CameraIII
    Interesting, informative and an easy read that was difficult to put down because you never knew what Grandma was going to do or where she'd walk next.
  • Grandma Gatewood's Walk

    5
    By Lynggx
    Marvelous book about the strength of the human spirit. I loved it.