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The story of Grandma Gatewood will inspire listeners of all ages by illustrating the full power of human spirit and determination, and answer the question so many have asked: Why did she do it?

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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, sixty-seven-year-old great-grandmother had walked 800 miles along the 2,050-mile Appalachian Trail. And in September 1955, atop Maine's Mount Katahdin, she sang the first verse of "America, the Beautiful" and proclaimed, "I said I'll do it, and I've done it."

Grandma Gatewood, as the reporters called her, 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. 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.

"[Lawlor] alternates between a steady-paced narrative voice and a distinctive character voice." ---Library Journal Audio Review

"Reader Lawlor has a warm and inviting voice." ---Publishers Weekly Audio Review

"A quiet delight of a book." ---Kirkus

"Montgomery intertwines details of Gatewood's hike with recollections from her early life and difficult marriage." ---Vanessa Bush, Booklist
New York Times Bestseller

Grandma Gatewood's Walk

The Inspiring Story of the Woman Who Saved the Appalachian Trail

Author Ben Montgomery

Narrated by Patrick Lawlor

Publication date Dec 16, 2014

Running time 8 hrs

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