In 1955, 67-year old Emma Gatewood set off to complete the five million steps that make up the Appalachian Trail.
It only takes five million steps to get through the unknown obstacles and awe-inspiring beauty of Appalachia. At sixty-seven, Emma Gatewood inspired generations of future hikers to take the same plunge.
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Ben Montgomery's "Grandma Gatewood's Walk" tells the story of Emma Gatewood, the first woman to complete the entire 2,050 miles of the Appalachian Trail alone.