“It would be a nice lark”, said the 67-year-old grandma when asked why she was walking the Appalachian Trail in 1955.  I’d never heard of Grandma Gatewood.  Did a little research.  What a woman.  A tough woman.  A lot tougher than I will ever be.  She was the first woman to walk the Appalachian Trail from end to end and did it two more times.  Then she hiked several more long, long hikes.  All while carrying less stuff than when I go for a six mile hike.  Drank from streams, foraged, asked strangers for food, lit fires to keep wild dogs away.  Became a celebrity.

Read her story in Grandma Gatewood’s Walk by Ben Montgomery.  I’d give it a 3-1/2 out of 4.


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