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Grandma Gatewood's Walk

Author : Ben Montgomery
Publisher : Chicago Review Press
Page : 292 pages
File Size : 45,8 Mb
Release : 2014-04-01
Category : Biography & Autobiography
ISBN : 9781613747216

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Grandma Gatewood's Walk by Ben Montgomery Pdf

Winner of the 2014 National Outdoor Book Awards for History/Biography 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." 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. Author Ben Montgomery was given unprecedented access to Gatewood's own diaries, trail journals, and correspondence, and interviewed surviving family members and those she met along her hike, all to answer the question so many asked: Why did she do it? 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.

Grandma Gatewood Hikes the Appalachian Trail

Author : Jennifer Thermes
Publisher : Abrams
Page : 48 pages
File Size : 44,8 Mb
Release : 2018-05-08
Category : Juvenile Nonfiction
ISBN : 9781683352907

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Grandma Gatewood Hikes the Appalachian Trail by Jennifer Thermes Pdf

Emma Gatewood’s life was far from easy. In rural Ohio, she managed a household of 11 kids alongside a less-than-supportive husband. One day, at age 67, she decided to go for a nice long walk . . . and ended up completing the Appalachian Trail. With just the clothes on her back and a pair of thin canvas sneakers on her feet, Grandma Gatewood hiked up ridges and down ravines. She braved angry storms and witnessed breathtaking sunrises. When things got particularly tough, she relied on the kindness of strangers or sheer luck to get her through the night. When the newspapers got wind of her amazing adventure, the whole country cheered her on to the end of her trek, which came just a few months after she set out. A story of true grit and girl power at any age, Grandma Gatewood proves that no peak is insurmountable.

When Grandma Gatewood Took a Hike

Author : Michelle Houts
Publisher : Ohio University Press
Page : 44 pages
File Size : 45,7 Mb
Release : 2016-09-15
Category : Juvenile Nonfiction
ISBN : 9780821445808

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When Grandma Gatewood Took a Hike by Michelle Houts Pdf

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, who left an abusive marriage after raising eleven children, 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.

The Man Who Walked Backward

Author : Ben Montgomery
Publisher : Little, Brown Spark
Page : 283 pages
File Size : 49,9 Mb
Release : 2018-09-18
Category : History
ISBN : 9780316438049

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The Man Who Walked Backward by Ben Montgomery Pdf

From Pulitzer Prize finalist Ben Montgomery, the story of a Texas man who, during the Great Depression, walked around the world -- backwards. Like most Americans at the time, Plennie Wingo was hit hard by the effects of the Great Depression. When the bank foreclosed on his small restaurant in Abilene, he found himself suddenly penniless with nowhere left to turn. After months of struggling to feed his family on wages he earned digging ditches in the Texas sun, Plennie decided it was time to do something extraordinary -- something to resurrect the spirit of adventure and optimism he felt he'd lost. He decided to walk around the world -- backwards. In The Man Who Walked Backward, Pulitzer Prize finalist Ben Montgomery charts Plennie's backwards trek across the America that gave rise to Woody Guthrie, John Steinbeck, and the New Deal. With the Dust Bowl and Great Depression as a backdrop, Montgomery follows Plennie across the Atlantic through Germany, Turkey, and beyond, and details the daring physical feats, grueling hardships, comical misadventures, and hostile foreign police he encountered along the way. A remarkable and quirky slice of Americana, The Man Who Walked Backward paints a rich and vibrant portrait of a jaw-dropping period of history.

The Barefoot Sisters Southbound

Author : Lucy Letcher,Susan Letcher
Publisher : Stackpole Books
Page : 480 pages
File Size : 53,7 Mb
Release : 2008-12
Category : Sports & Recreation
ISBN : 9780811735308

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The Barefoot Sisters Southbound by Lucy Letcher,Susan Letcher Pdf

"At the ages of 25 and 21, Lucy and Susan Letcher set out to thru-hike the entire 2,175 miles of the Appalachian Trail--barefoot. Quickly earning themselves the moniker of the Barefoot Sisters, the two begin their journey at Mount Katahdin and spend eight months making their way to Springer Mountain in Georgia. As they hike, they write about their adventures through the 100-mile Wilderness, the rocky terrain of Pennsylvania, and snowfall in the great Smoky Mountains. It's as close as one can get to hiking the Appalachian Trail without strapping on a pack"--Back cover.

Becoming Odyssa

Author : Jennifer Pharr Davis
Publisher : Unknown
Page : 0 pages
File Size : 49,9 Mb
Release : 2011-07
Category : Travel
ISBN : 0825305683

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Becoming Odyssa by Jennifer Pharr Davis Pdf

Originally published in 2010 with the subtitle Epic adventures on the Appalachian Trail.


Author : Will Harlan
Publisher : Open Road + Grove/Atlantic
Page : 310 pages
File Size : 41,5 Mb
Release : 2014-05-06
Category : Biography & Autobiography
ISBN : 9780802192622

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Untamed by Will Harlan Pdf

The inspiring biography of the adventuresome naturalist Carol Ruckdeschel and her crusade to save her island home from environmental disaster. In a “moving homage . . . that artfully articulates the ferocities of nature and humanity,” biographer Will Harlan captures the larger-than-life story of biologist, naturalist, and ecological activist Carol Ruckdeschel, known to many as the wildest woman in America. She wrestles alligators, eats roadkill, rides horses bareback, and lives in a ramshackle cabin that she built by hand in an island wilderness. A combination of Henry David Thoreau and Jane Goodall, Carol is a self-taught scientist who has become a tireless defender of sea turtles on Cumberland Island, a national park off the coast of Georgia (Kirkus Reviews). Cumberland, the country’s largest and most biologically diverse barrier island, is celebrated for its windswept dunes and feral horses. Steel magnate Thomas Carnegie once owned much of the island, and in recent years, Carnegie heirs and the National Park Service have clashed with Carol over the island’s future. What happens when a dirt-poor naturalist with only a high school diploma becomes an outspoken advocate on a celebrated but divisive island? Untamed is the story of an American original who fights for what she believes in, no matter the cost, “an environmental classic that belongs on the shelf alongside Carson, Leopold, Muir, and Thoreau” (Thomas Rain Crowe, author of Zoro’s Field: My Life in the Appalachian Woods). “Vivid. . . . Ms. Ruckdeschel’s biography, and the way this wandering soul came to settle for so many decades on Cumberland Island, is big enough on its own, but Mr. Harlan hints at bigger questions.” —The Wall Street Journal “Wild country produces wild people, who sometimes are just what’s needed to keep that wild cycle going. This is a memorable portrait.” —Bill McKibben, author of The End of Nature “Deliciously engrossing. . . . Readers are in for a wild ride.” —The Citizen-Times

The Unlikely Thru-Hiker

Author : Derick Lugo
Publisher : Appalachian Mountain Club
Page : 224 pages
File Size : 44,8 Mb
Release : 2019
Category : Biography & Autobiography
ISBN : 1628421185

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The Unlikely Thru-Hiker by Derick Lugo Pdf

Derick Lugo had never been hiking. He didn't even know if he liked being outside all that much. He certainly couldn't imagine going more than a day without manicuring his goatee. But with a job overseas cut short and no immediate plans, this fixture of the greater New York comedy circuit began to think about what he might do with months of free time and no commitments. He had heard of the Appalachian Trail and knew of its potential for danger and adventure, but he had never seriously considered attempting to hike all 2,192 miles of it. Then again, what could go wrong for a young black man from the city trekking solo through the East Coast backwoods? The Unlikely Thru-Hiker is the story of how an unknowing ambassador of one of the AT's least common demographics, unfamiliar with both the outdoors and thru-hiking culture, sets off with an extremely overweight pack and a willfully can-do attitude to conquer the infamous trail. What follows are eye-opening lessons on preparation, humility, race relations, and nature's wild unpredictability. But this isn't a hard-nosed memoir of discouragement or intolerance. What sets Lugo apart from the typical walk in the woods is his refusal to let any challenge squash his inner Pollyanna. Through it all, he perseveres with humor, tenacity, and an unshakeable commitment to grooming--earning him the trail name "Mr. Fabulous"--that sees him from Springer Mountain in Georgia to Katahdin in Maine.

Hiking Through

Author : Paul Stutzman
Publisher : Baker Books
Page : 337 pages
File Size : 40,6 Mb
Release : 2012-03-12
Category : Biography & Autobiography
ISBN : 9780800720537

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Hiking Through by Paul Stutzman Pdf

Paul Stutzman traveled the Appalachian Trail after the death of his wife, healing by immersing himself in nature and befriending fellow hikers.

Walking with Spring

Author : Earl Victor Shaffer
Publisher : Unknown
Page : 0 pages
File Size : 47,8 Mb
Release : 2000
Category : Appalachian Trail
ISBN : 0917953843

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Walking with Spring by Earl Victor Shaffer Pdf

The author's account of his four-month hike in 1948 of the entire length of the Appalachian Trail.

Leper Spy

Author : Ben Montgomery
Publisher : Chicago Review Press
Page : 288 pages
File Size : 46,7 Mb
Release : 2016-10-01
Category : Biography & Autobiography
ISBN : 9781613734339

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Leper Spy by Ben Montgomery Pdf

The GIs called her Joey. Hundreds owed their lives to the tiny Filipina who stashed explosives in spare tires, tracked Japanese troop movements, and smuggled maps of fortifications across enemy lines. As the Battle of Manila raged, Josefina Guerrero walked through gunfire to bandage wounds and close the eyes of the dead. Her valor earned her the Medal of Freedom, but what made her a good spy was also destroying her: leprosy, which so horrified the Japanese they refused to search her. After the war, army chaplains found her in a nightmarish leper colony and fought for the US government to do something it had never done: welcome a foreigner with leprosy. This brought her celebrity, which she used to publicly speak for other sufferers. However, the notoriety haunted her and she sought a way to disappear. Ben Montgomery now brings Guerrero's heroic accomplishments to light.

Stand Up That Mountain

Author : Jay Erskine Leutze
Publisher : Simon and Schuster
Page : 401 pages
File Size : 49,5 Mb
Release : 2013-07-30
Category : Law
ISBN : 9781451682649

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Stand Up That Mountain by Jay Erskine Leutze Pdf

Traces the author's life-changing experiences while defending a small Belview Mountain community and a fragile section of the Appalachian Trail from the illegal mining practices of the Clark Stone Company, a case that eventually pitted several national conservation groups against the state of North Carolina.

A Walk in the Woods

Author : Bill Bryson
Publisher : Anchor Canada
Page : 416 pages
File Size : 45,9 Mb
Release : 2012-05-15
Category : Travel
ISBN : 9780385674546

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A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson Pdf

God only knows what possessed Bill Bryson, a reluctant adventurer if ever there was one, to undertake a gruelling hike along the world's longest continuous footpath—The Appalachian Trail. The 2,000-plus-mile trail winds through 14 states, stretching along the east coast of the United States, from Georgia to Maine. It snakes through some of the wildest and most spectacular landscapes in North America, as well as through some of its most poverty-stricken and primitive backwoods areas. With his offbeat sensibility, his eye for the absurd, and his laugh-out-loud sense of humour, Bryson recounts his confrontations with nature at its most uncompromising over his five-month journey. An instant classic, riotously funny, A Walk in the Woods will add a whole new audience to the legions of Bill Bryson fans.

Lost Cove, North Carolina

Author : Christy A. Smith
Publisher : McFarland
Page : 194 pages
File Size : 55,6 Mb
Release : 2021-11-29
Category : History
ISBN : 9781476686080

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Lost Cove, North Carolina by Christy A. Smith Pdf

Located just seconds from the winding Tennessee border, the remote mountain settlement of Lost Cove, North Carolina was once described as where the "moonshiner frolics unmolested." Today, Lost Cove is a ghost town accessible mainly to hikers hoping to catch a glimpse of the desolate settlement. In this first historically comprehensive book on Lost Cove, the author paints a portrait of an isolated yet thriving settlement that survived for almost one hundred years. From its founding before the Civil War to the town's ultimate decline, Lost Cove's history is an in-depth account of family life and kinship in isolation. The author explores historically relevant interviews and genealogical findings from railroad documents, old newspaper articles, church records and deeds. Also included are oral histories that provide authentic, conversational accounts from families in the cove.

A Shot in the Moonlight

Author : Ben Montgomery
Publisher : Unknown
Page : 0 pages
File Size : 49,7 Mb
Release : 2021
Category : Biography & Autobiography
ISBN : 0316535540

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A Shot in the Moonlight by Ben Montgomery Pdf

The little-known true story of freed slave George Dinning and Colonel BennettH. Young, a Confederate war hero, who in 1899 took on a Kentucky mob in courtafter Dinning was beaten for defending his farm against whites.