Virtual: Grandma Gatewood's Walk

Without much more than a change of clothes and a few supplies stuffed in a drawstring sack, 67-year-old Emma "Grandma" Gatewood walked from Mt. Oglethorpe in Georgia to Mt. Katahdin in Maine in 1955, becoming the first woman to solo thru-hike the Appalachian Trail. She walked the entire AT twice more (and the Oregon Trail in 1959), pioneering the ultra-light hiking movement and bringing needed attention to America's beloved footpath. But she left behind a mystery. Why? Why would a woman give up the comfort of her golden years to battle the elements and test herself against nature time after time? Ben Montgomery, a national award-winning journalist and author of GRANDMA GATEWOOD'S WALK, answers that question and gives us an intimate look at who this remarkable wanderer was. Using interviews with her family and friends, and Gatewood's own diaries, Montgomery stitches together the life of a woman who walked some 14,000 miles in the last decade of her life, mostly wearing canvas Keds on her feet and carrying on her shoulder her trademark denim sack.

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