Grandma Gatewood s Walk

Author: Ben Montgomery
Publisher: Chicago Review Press
ISBN: 9781613747186
Release Date: 2014-04-01
Genre: Sports & Recreation

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. By September 1955 she stood atop Maine's Mount Katahdin, sang "America, the Beautiful," and proclaimed, "I said I'll do it, and I've done it." Driven by a painful marriage, Grandma Gatewood, 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. At age 71, she hiked the 2,000-mile Oregon Trail. Gatewood became a hiking celebrity, and appeared on TV with Groucho Marx and Art Linkletter. The public attention she brought to the trail 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 interviewed surviving family members and hikers Gatewood met along the trail, unearthed historic newspaper and magazine articles, and was given unprecedented access to Gatewood's own diaries, trail journals, and correspondence. Grandma Gatewood's Walk shines a fresh light on one of America's most celebrated pedestrians. Ben Montgomery is a staff writer at the Tampa Bay Times and co-founder of the Auburn Chautauqua, a Southern writers' collective. He was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2010 and has won many other national writing awards. He lives in Florida.

Grandma Gatewood s Walk

Author: Ben Montgomery
Publisher: Chicago Review Press
ISBN: 9781613747216
Release Date: 2014-04-01
Genre: Sports & Recreation

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.

Grandma Gatewood Hikes the Appalachian Trail

Author: Jennifer Thermes
Publisher: Abrams
ISBN: 9781683352907
Release Date: 2018-05-08
Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction

Emma Gatewood’s life was far from easy. In rural Ohio, she managed a household of 11 kids alongside a less-than-supportive husband. One day, at age 67, she decided to go for a nice long walk . . . and ended up completing the Appalachian Trail. With just the clothes on her back and a pair of thin canvas sneakers on her feet, Grandma Gatewood hiked up ridges and down ravines. She braved angry storms and witnessed breathtaking sunrises. When things got particularly tough, she relied on the kindness of strangers or sheer luck to get her through the night. When the newspapers got wind of her amazing adventure, the whole country cheered her on to the end of her trek, which came just a few months after she set out. A story of true grit and girl power at any age, Grandma Gatewood proves that no peak is insurmountable.

When Grandma Gatewood Took a Hike

Author: Michelle Houts
Publisher: Ohio University Press
ISBN: 9780821445808
Release Date: 2016-09-15
Genre: Juvenile Fiction

It took her two tries, but in 1955, sixty-seven-year-old Emma “Grandma” Gatewood became the first woman to solo hike the entire length of the Appalachian Trail in one thru-hike. Gatewood has become a legend for those who hike the trail, and in her home state of Ohio, where she helped found the Buckeye Trail. In recent years, she has been the subject of a bestselling biography and a documentary film. In When Grandma Gatewood Took a Hike, Michelle Houts brings us the first children’s book about her feat, which she accomplished without professional gear or even a tent. Houts chronicles the spirit of a seasoned outdoorswoman and mother of eleven whose grit and determination helped her to hike over two thousand miles. Erica Magnus’s vibrant illustrations capture the wild animals, people from all walks of life, and unexpected challenges that this strong-willed woman encountered on the journey she initially called a “lark.” Children ages 4–10 will delight in this narrative nonfiction work as they accompany Emma Gatewood on the adventure of a lifetime and witness her transformation from grandmother to hiking legend, becoming “Grandma” to all.

Walking the Appalachian Trail

Author: Larry Luxenberg
Publisher: Stackpole Books
ISBN: 9780811744010
Release Date: 1994-10-01
Genre: Sports & Recreation

Accounts by thru-hikers, organized by topic. Foreword by hiker Maurice Forrester and stunning color photos by Mike Warren.

In Beauty May She Walk

Author: Leslie Mass
Publisher: Rock Spring Press Inc.
ISBN: 9780976568605
Release Date: 2005
Genre: Sports & Recreation

Leslie struggles to balance her familys needs with her needs on the Appalachian Trail, and sheds years of social conditioning that dictate how a woman is expected to act.

Hiking Through

Author: Paul Stutzman
Publisher: Baker Books
ISBN: 9780800720537
Release Date: 2012-03-12
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

Paul Stutzman traveled the Appalachian Trail after the death of his wife, healing by immersing himself in nature and befriending fellow hikers.

A journey north

Author: Adrienne Hall
Publisher: Appalachian Mountain Club
ISBN: PSU:000046421944
Release Date: 2000-04-01
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

Chronicles the author's adventures of hiking the Appalachian Trail with her boyfriend from Georgia to Maine, while exploring the trail's historical background and the contemporary issues now facing it.

Blind Courage

Author: Bill Irwin
Publisher: Appalachian Trail Conference
ISBN: 0941539865
Release Date: 1992
Genre: Sports & Recreation

The author, blinded by a rare eye disease, recounts his experiences hiking with his guide dog, Orient, from Georgia to Maine on the Appalachian Trail and describes how his faith helped sustain him along the trail

There Are Mountains to Climb

Author: Jean Deeds
Publisher:
ISBN: 0965148718
Release Date: 1996
Genre: Sports & Recreation

51-year-old Jean Deeds left her comfortable life for a 2,000 mile journey along the Appalachian Trail.

The Barefoot Sisters Walking Home

Author: Lucy Letcher
Publisher: Stackpole Books
ISBN: 9780811735292
Release Date: 2010-01
Genre: Sports & Recreation

The saga of the Barefoot Sisters continues with this sequel to The Barefoot Sisters Southbound. Lucy and Susan Letcher begin their journey home, hiking barefoot on the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine. Along the way, they must face the pleasures and perils of a northbound thru-hike, from bluegrass festivals and trail angel feasts to encounters with bears and venomous snakes. --publisher.

Becoming Odyssa

Author: Jennifer Pharr Davis
Publisher:
ISBN: 0825305683
Release Date: 2011-07-01
Genre: Sports & Recreation

Originally published in 2010 with the subtitle Epic adventures on the Appalachian Trail.

Walking with Spring

Author: Earl Victor Shaffer
Publisher:
ISBN: 0917953843
Release Date: 1983
Genre: Sports & Recreation

In April 1948, the 11-year-old Appalachian Trail from Maine to Georgia was pretty much a wreck: Volunteer maintainers who hadn't been called to combat couldn't get rationed gasoline to get out there to keep it clear. In April 1948, so, pretty much, was Earl Shaffer, self-dubbed The Crazy One. He had come home from war in the Pacific where he had lost the dearest friend of his life. He needed to walk it off, and he did with the most primitive of gear. In four months, he walked with the merging spring from Georgia to Maine, bushwhacking to find the route more often than not-becoming the first to report a complete, single-journey trek on this footpath of more than 2,000 miles. More than 7,000 have since followed in his footsteps. These reflections on and from his first of three thru-hikes are often lyrical, full of history and local legend and his own quiet insights on life in the woods in a much different era all around.

Leper Spy

Author: Ben Montgomery
Publisher: Chicago Review Press
ISBN: 9781613734339
Release Date: 2016-10-01
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

The GIs called her Joey. Hundreds owed their lives to the tiny Filipina who stashed explosives in spare tires, tracked Japanese troop movements, and smuggled maps of fortifications across enemy lines. As the Battle of Manila raged, Josefina Guerrero walked through gunfire to bandage wounds and close the eyes of the dead. Her valor earned her the Medal of Freedom, but what made her a good spy was also destroying her: leprosy, which so horrified the Japanese they refused to search her. After the war, army chaplains found her in a nightmarish leper colony and fought for the US government to do something it had never done: welcome a foreigner with leprosy. This brought her celebrity, which she used to publicly speak for other sufferers. However, the notoriety haunted her and she sought a way to disappear. Ben Montgomery now brings Guerrero's heroic accomplishments to light.

The Barefoot Sisters Southbound

Author: Lucy Letcher
Publisher: Stackpole Books
ISBN: 9780811740135
Release Date: 2008-12-17
Genre: Sports & Recreation

Sisters Lucy and Susan Letcher begin their barefoot thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail. A story filled with humor and determination.