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Dear tjamrog,
Thank you for mentioning our film #trailmagic about in your recent blog. Of course Emma hiked 2050 miles in 1955 on barely marked trails and back roads and the experience was much different then. This year marks the 60th anniversary of her walk. No GPS, cell phones or easy to procure maps. But she did manage to get quite a bit of press, from Sports Illustrated to The Today Show. I think you and the generation that begin hiking in the 70’s brought the new found interest to the trail that was built on the back of people like Emma.

Todays speed hikers like Scott Jurek are a reflection of the change in extreme sports and it has provided new found media interest in the AT. It is easy to see where the simple trek of Emma “Grandma” Gatewood could be linked to this years story. It will be interesting to see where the next new “face” of the trail will emerge.

Meanwhile, I hope through hikers will take it a little bit slower and enjoy the sites along the way. Come join us at New Hampsire’s AMC Pinkham Notch Visitor’s Center this Saturday (July 25th) to watch our film about Emma “Grandma” Gatewood.

Peter Huston


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  1. Reblogged this on Grandma (Emma) Gatewood.

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