The Inspiring Story of the Woman Who Saved the Appalachian Trail is the only biography of an Appalachian Trail Legend. Emma "Grandma" Gatewood made a bit of a media stir in the 1950's during and after her first (of three) solo thru-hike of the A.T., but little was widely known of her beyond the Keds, the laundry bag, and the grit. Award-winning reporter Ben Montgomery is the first to tell the story of what drove her to hike.
A New York Times Bestseller
2014 National Outdoor Book Award Winner for history/biography.
From the back cover:
‘Grandma Gatewood’s Walk is a brilliant look at an America – both good and bad – that has slipped away, seen through the eyes and feet of one of America’s most unlikely heroines. Gatewood’s story suggests anything is possible; no matter your age, gender, or quality of your walking shoes.’ –Stephen Roderick, Author of The Magical Stranger
Ben Montgomery. 2016.
Steven Tryon (Submitted on Mar 9th 2018)
Well researched and well written. Ben Montgomery takes us along on Emma Gatewood's trek, interspersed with stories of her life and abusive marriage. Highly recommend.