Grandma Gatewood s Walk

Grandma Gatewood s Walk Author Ben Montgomery
ISBN-10 9781613747186
Year 2014-04-01
Pages 288
Language en
Publisher Chicago Review Press
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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, 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

Grandma Gatewood s Walk Author Ben Montgomery
ISBN-10 9781613747216
Year 2014-04-01
Pages 288
Language en
Publisher Chicago Review Press
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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 s Walk

Grandma Gatewood s Walk Author Ben Montgomery
ISBN-10 1613734999
Year 2016-04-01
Pages 288
Language en
Publisher Chicago Review Press
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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, 67-year-old great-grandmother had walked 800 miles along the 2,050-mile Appalachian Trail. And in September 1955, having survived a rattlesnake strike, two hurricanes, and a run-in with gangsters from Harlem, she stood atop Maine’s Mount Katahdin. There she sang the first verse of “America, the Beautiful” and proclaimed, “I said I’ll do it, and I’ve done it.” Driven by a painful marriage to an oppressive husband, 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. At age 71, for good measure, she hiked the 2,000-mile Oregon Trail and came home with the keys to three cities. Gatewood became a hiking celebrity, and 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 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. The story of Grandma Gatewood will inspire readers of all ages by illustrating the full power of human spirit and determination. Even those who know of Gatewood don’t know the full story—a story of triumph from pain, rebellion from brutality, hope from suffering.

Walking the Appalachian Trail

Walking the Appalachian Trail Author Larry Luxenberg
ISBN-10 9780811744010
Year 1994-10-01
Pages 256
Language en
Publisher Stackpole Books
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Accounts by thru-hikers, organized by topic. Foreword by hiker Maurice Forrester and stunning color photos by Mike Warren.

In Beauty May She Walk

In Beauty May She Walk Author Leslie Mass
ISBN-10 9780976568605
Year 2005
Pages 408
Language en
Publisher Rock Spring Press Inc.
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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.

When Grandma Gatewood Took a Hike

When Grandma Gatewood Took a Hike Author Michelle Houts
ISBN-10 9780821445808
Year 2016-09-15
Pages 32
Language en
Publisher Ohio University Press
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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.

Just Passin Thru

Just Passin  Thru Author Winton Porter
ISBN-10 0897329120
Year 2009-11-15
Pages 264
Language en
Publisher Menasha Ridge Press
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Like a well-crafted stage play, Just Passin' Thru delivers one suspenseful scene after another. But in this historic setting -- a store on the Appalachian Trail called Mountain Crossings -- the characters who show up are no fictional creations. They are the real-life stars of the author's new life as a backpack-purging, canteen-selling, hostel-running, bandage-taping, lost-child finding, argument-settling, romance-fixing, chili-making man of many faces. Like any good drama, there are the good guys (and gals) and the weirdos, too. Some show up once (and that's enough), and some appear again and again. Some are friends, and some dangerous. But all are united by two things: the author's story-capturing talent, and whatever it is that lures them to attempt (or conquer) a 2,200-mile path that climbs and plummets from Georgia to Maine.

A Walk for Sunshine

A Walk for Sunshine Author Jeff Alt
ISBN-10 0967948223
Year 2007-09-08
Pages 287
Language en
Publisher Dreams Shared Publications
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An entertaining walk along the Appalachian Trail, with bears, bugs, blisters, skunk bedmates, and hilarious food cravings. Alt dedicated his walk to his brother who has cerebral palsy. Alt's walk inspired an annual event that has raised over $100,000 for the Sunshine Home where his brother lives. As you walk along, you experience the success of turning dreams into goals and achieving them. Inspiring and humorous, Jeff's story sheds light on a simpler life. A Walk For Sunshine is an award-winning book and was featured on ESPN and Hallmark Channel. New to this edition: Epilogue focusing on Alt's life lessons from the trail with a focus on family, stewardship of the earth, and good health.

The Barefoot Sisters Southbound

The Barefoot Sisters Southbound Author Lucy Letcher
ISBN-10 9780811740135
Year 2008-12-17
Pages 480
Language en
Publisher Stackpole Books
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Sisters Lucy and Susan Letcher begin their barefoot thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail. A story filled with humor and determination.

Appalachian Odyssey

Appalachian Odyssey Author Jeffrey H. Ryan
ISBN-10 9781608935796
Year 2016-07-01
Pages 224
Language en
Publisher Down East Books
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Like many hikers who’ve completed the Appalachian Trail, Jeffrey Ryan didn’t do it in one long through-hike. Grabbing weekends here and days off there, it took Jeffrey twenty-eight years to finish the trail, and along the way he learned much about himself and made many new friends, including his best friend, who made the journey with him from start to finish. Including 75 color photos, this engaging book is part memoir, part natural history and lore, and part practical advice. Whether you’ve hiked the AT, are planning to hike it, or only wish to dream of hiking it, this is the book to read next.

Blind Courage

Blind Courage Author Bill Irwin
ISBN-10 0941539865
Year 1992
Pages 204
Language en
Publisher Appalachian Trail Conference
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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

Death in Yellowstone

Death in Yellowstone Author Lee H. Whittlesey
ISBN-10 9781570984518
Year 2014-01-07
Pages 440
Language en
Publisher Roberts Rinehart
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The chilling tome that launched an entire genre of books about the often gruesome but always tragic ways people have died in our national parks, this updated edition of the classic includes calamities in Yellowstone from the past sixteen years, including the infamous grizzly bear attacks in the summer of 2011 as well as a fatal hot springs accident in 2000. In these accounts, written with sensitivity as cautionary tales about what to do and what not to do in one of our wildest national parks, Whittlesey recounts deaths ranging from tragedy to folly—from being caught in a freak avalanche to the goring of a photographer who just got a little too close to a bison. Armchair travelers and park visitors alike will be fascinated by this important book detailing the dangers awaiting in our first national park.

Razzle Dazzle

Razzle Dazzle Author Michael Riedel
ISBN-10 9781451672169
Year 2015-10-06
Pages 464
Language en
Publisher Simon and Schuster
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"A revered and provocative theater observer presents a grand history of the producers, directors, actors, and critics battling for creative and financial control of Broadway"--Front jacket flap.

Up

Up Author Patricia Ellis Herr
ISBN-10 9780307952080
Year 2012-04-03
Pages 256
Language en
Publisher Broadway Books
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When Trish Herr became pregnant with her first daughter, Alex, she and her husband, Hugh, vowed to instill a bond with nature in their children. By the time Alex was five, her over-the-top energy levels led Trish to believe that her very young daughter might be capable of hiking adult-sized mountains. In Up, Trish recounts their always exhilarating--and sometimes harrowing--adventures climbing all forty-eight of New Hampshire's highest mountains. Readers will delight in the expansive views and fresh air that only peakbaggers are afforded, and will laugh out loud as Trish urges herself to "mother up" when she and Alex meet an ornery--and alarmingly bold--spruce grouse on the trail. This is, at heart, a resonant, emotionally honest account of a mother's determination to foster independence and fearlessness in her daughter, to teach her "that small doesn't necessarily mean weak; that girls can be strong; and that big, bold things are possible."

Becoming Odyssa

Becoming Odyssa Author Jennifer Pharr Davis
ISBN-10 0825305683
Year 2011-07-01
Pages 304
Language en
Publisher
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Originally published in 2010 with the subtitle Epic adventures on the Appalachian Trail.