Grandma Gatewood's Walk: The Inspiring Story of the Woman Who Saved the Appalachian Trailby Ben Montgomery
The Library Book Club meeting for this book was held March 21, 2019, at 6:30 pm in the entry foyer.
A limited number of book club reading copies were available for checkout from the circulation desk about a month prior to the meeting.
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. Gatewood became a hiking celebrity and appeared on TV and in 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.
Ratings and Reviews from the Librarians
Cathy rated it ★★★★ and said “I have a new hero.”
Bekka rated it ★★★★★.