A Dose of Inspiration: Emma Rowena

October 13, 2014

In 1955, at the age of 67, Emma Rowena Gatewood became the first woman to hike the entire 2,168 mile (3,489 km) Appalachian Trail — wearing sneakers and carrying an army blanket, a raincoat, a shower curtain, and a change of clothes in a homemade bag. A mother of 11 and grandmother of 23, is now considered a pioneer of ultra-light hiking and one of the first high-profile ambassadors of the Appalachian Trail.

Even with its challenges, Gatewood hiked the entire trail again in 1960…and then AGAIN in sections in 1963 at the age of 75 — making her the first person to hike the Appalachian Trail three times.

Whenever you doubt your abilities, remember the story of Emma Rowena Gatewood. Then get up…and GET MOVING.