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Grandma Gatewood's Walk: The Inspiring Story of the Woman Who Saved the Appalachian Trail Paperback – April 1, 2016
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In 1955, at 67, Gatewood left her small Ohio town and her 11 children and 23 grandchildren and set off to trek the Appalachian Trail. She’d long been fascinated by the 2,050-mile trail and was particularly lured by the fact that no woman had ever hiked it alone. Knowing her family wouldn’t approve, she didn’t tell them when she set out with a little 17-pound sack of supplies and no tent or sleeping bag. Journalist Montgomery draws on interviews with Gatewood’s surviving family members and hikers she met on her five-month journey as well as news accounts and Gatewood’s diaries to offer a portrait of a determined woman, whose trek inspired other hikers and brought attention to the neglect of the Appalachian Trail. She became a hiking celebrity, appearing on television with Groucho Marx and Art Linkletter. Montgomery intertwines details of Gatewood’s hike with recollections from her early life and difficult marriage. Maps of the trail and photos from Gatewood’s early life enhance this inspiring story. --Vanessa Bush --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
most unlikely heroines. Gatewood’s story suggests anything is possible; no matter your age, gender, or quality of your walking shoes.” —STEPHEN RODRICK, AUTHOR OF THE MAGICAL STRANGER
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The book alternates between the story of Gatewood's life from the time she was married to an abusive husband until the time she started her "walk" with the story of her time on the trail. In addition, the author adds historical information, such as details about the damage done by Hurricanes Carol and Dianne.
Grandma Gatewood did more to "advertise" the Appalachian Trail than anyone before or since, and became famous for her walks in various places. She not only hiked the AT three times (twice as a through hiker and once in segments), but she also hiked the Oregon Trail and helped to create a trail system in her native Ohio. It's wouldn't be out of place to call her one of the most influential women of her time.
The book is a fascinating look at her abusive married life, as well as her interest in hiking. It is easy to read and provides a glimpse into life in the mid 1950's. I recommend this book highly to anyone as a great read.
You see, just as Ms. Gatewood gets to the bottom of her final mountain... just miles from the trail's terminus, the author stops telling Grandma's story and tells of HIS OWN hike up to the top of Mt Katahdin and how tough it was for him and his wife! He goes into a chapter about hiking to the top to get a feel for what Grandma Gatewood saw. Then, after numerous pages talking about his own climb to the top of Mt Katahdin, he devotes just a few sentences about Grandma Gatewood's final climb. I have never read a story with such a good buildup, only be disappointed by a selfish, anti-climactic "commercial" in the middle of what could have been a good ending to the story of her Appalachian Trail thru-hike. If the author just switched it around and finished the story of Emma's hike I would have enjoyed this book so much more. That's why he did the research and climbed the Mountain right, to tell Emma's story accurately? Why not just go from Emma's notes and embellish with what he saw on his hike as if Emma had seen it that way? Then if he had to tell us about his wife hurting her ankle on their climb, he could have done so in a distinct chapter.
Other than that, I enjoyed Grandma's story.