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#188051 - 12/15/14 03:12 PM Grandma Gatewood's Walk, by Ben Montgomery
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Registered: 02/03/06
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Loc: Gateway to Columbia Gorge
I just finished this book after receiving it as a birthday present.

We've all heard of Grandma Gatewood, but the real human being behind the legend is revealed in this book. For most of her life, she was a battered wife, which she kept secret. She spent most of her days living in poverty as well. She also was, from this account, an extraordinary human being.

The author had considerable input from Emma Gatewood's surviving children, who carefully kept her diaries, letters, newspaper clippings and photographs.

Most of the book describes her first AT thru-hike (she completed the trail three times, the third as section hikes) with flashbacks to her earlier life. Obviously the AT back then (1955) was a totally different experience from what it is now. It's a fascinating story that should go on the Christmas gift list for any hiker!

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#188062 - 12/16/14 08:35 AM Re: Grandma Gatewood's Walk, by Ben Montgomery [Re: OregonMouse]
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OregonMouse,

I enjoyed reading Grandma Gatewood's Walk.

You might enjoy PlanetWalker . It's about a guy who walked for 22 years and stayed silent for 17 years. He didn't ride in any motorized vehicle the whole time.

It's not a trail book, but it is an interesting story.
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#188460 - 01/10/15 09:25 PM Re: Grandma Gatewood's Walk, by Ben Montgomery [Re: Gershon]
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Registered: 04/17/06
Posts: 1322
Loc: Dallas, TX
PlanetWalker is also known as John Francis. Here's a great 10-year-old story about him in the SF Chronicle:

PlanetWalker

Good luck to Gershon on any roadwalking he does.

Last summer I read the book Life on Foot, a Walk Across America, on Kindle (only, I think) by Nathan Damm. Very enjoyable read, and I'm hoping Gershon's seen it:

Life on Foot on Kindle

Definitely want to read that book on Grandma Gatewood, OM.



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