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April 2015

A Mighty Girl

Emma Rowena Gatewood standing at the Appalachian Trail sign

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 slung over one shoulder.

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