10th Anniversary of Earl Shaffer’s *3rd* Thru Hike
In 1948, Earl Shaffer became the first documented person to hike the entire Appalachain Trail. He was our first thru-hiker, traveling from Mt. Oglethorpe, Georgia to Mt. Katahdin, Maine in 124 days. In 1965, he completed the trail again, this time going from Maine to Georgia, making him the very first person to complete the trail in both directions.
Ten years ago today (and fifty years after his first historic hike), Earl Shaffer started his THIRD thru-hike. He finished in 174 days. He was seventy-nine years old. No wonder he was known as “The Crazy One” 🙂