Keds and a wool blanket

“Now we’ve got Cuben Fiber and Gore Tex. She had Keds and a wool blanket.”

(Cuben Fiber and Gore Tex are both high quality, high performance materials used in a lot of outdoor and hiking clothing. Keds are simple canvas sneakers.)

Here are two videos about a woman named Emma Gatewood, who, at the age of 67 in 1955, became the first woman to hike the Appalachian Trail alone, and the first person to hike it from end to end in one season. The trail goes from Georgia to Maine, and is about 3,500 km. in length.

My uncle is finishing up his own hike of the AT, and hearing his stories makes this woman’s accomplishment even more amazing to me.



2 thoughts on “Keds and a wool blanket

  1. Thanks for sharing the information about our Grandma Gatewood project! She was truly an amazing lady and her story is inspiring. I hope you’ll take time to find out about our whole project at We’ve already completed a storytelling program (with companion e-book and dvd) and a one-act play. Our last project is a PBS documentary which should be completed in May of 2015.

    Congratulations to your uncle for doing the hike. You’re so right about all our technology making her efforts more remarkable.

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