Grandma Gatewood's Walk
(Chicago), Chicago Review Press, (2014). A biography of the first woman to solo hike the entire 2050 mile Appalachian Trail in one season, a feat she accomplished in 1955, at age 67, without informing anyone of her intentions. She carried a denim sack of supplies over her shoulder (but no tent or sleeping bag) and burned through multiple pairs of Keds. The publicity from her undertaking brought attention, resources, and hikers to the trail. This copy is inscribed by Montgomery: Gatewood was his great-great-aunt; his research for this book brought to light Gatewood's having suffered through three decades of domestic abuse, which possibly contributed to her decision in later life to go "for a walk." Gatewood hiked the AT a second time in 1957, at age 69; then took a break to hike the 2000 mile Oregon Trail, at age 71; and later hiked the AT a third time, albeit in sections, at age 76. One page corner turned; near fine in a near fine dust jacket. [#035051] SOLD
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