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Earl V. Shaffer (1918–2002)

Author of Walking with Spring

Includes the names: Earl Shaffer, Earl Victor Shaffer

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Earl V. Shaffer was the first person to "thru-hike" the Appalachian Trail from Mt. Oglethorpe, Georgia, USA to Mt. Katahdin, Maine, USA as a single continuous journey (in 1948). In 1965 he thru-hiked the Trail in a southerly direction, becoming the first person to make complete end-to-end hikes in both directions. He made another northbound thru-hike in 1998 at age 79, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of his first historic 2,000 mile hike.
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