Emma Gatewood: More Than “Grandma”

On September 25, 1955, Emma Gatewood, 67, became the first woman to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail.

Unable to classify Gatewood as a hiker, the press deemed her “Grandma.” Of course, she was so much more: Hiker Gatewood, Pioneer Gatewood, Mother Gatewood, Leader Gatewood, Sister Gatewood, Friend Gatewood.