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

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Kathryn | 217 comments Synopsis from Goodreads:

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, 67-year-old great-grandmother had walked 800 miles along the 2,050-mile Appalachian Trail...

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. Gatewood became a hiking celebrity and appeared on TV and in 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.


I read this for my Week 28 ( Biography). It was a really quick and engrossing read about an awesome older lady. My hometown does a yearly citywide read (including activities, discussion groups, speakers, etc. culminating in a talk given by the author) and this is the book chosen, so both of my parents have also read it and raved about it, including my dad who is extremely picky about books.


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Anastasia (anastasiaharris) | 1366 comments Wow, a city wide read. That would be so interesting to do. The different conversations in the grocery store lines must be amazing.


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