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How Appalachian Trail thru-hiker Earl Shaffer gripped the ‘Mane of Life’

Linked in/Neat stuff: 1969 riots revisited/The old swimming hole Earl Shaffer, a York native, is credited as the first person to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail. Here he is seen in 1948, at the northern end of the trail, Mount Katahdin … Continue reading

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First Appalachian Trail through hiker: ‘Mention the name Earl Shaffer, it’s awe, integrity, respect’

Earl Shaffer chats with fellow Appalachian Trail hikers north of Harpers Ferry during his last through hike in July 1998. Other hikers recognized the celebrity Shaffer during this hike, which came on the 50th anniversary of his first through hike … Continue reading

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