10th Anniversary of Earl Shaffer’s *3rd* Thru Hike

May 2, 2008 at 9:00 am 4 comments

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” 🙂

Earl passed away in 2002, but his writings and a foundation in his name are alive and well.


Entry filed under: Appalachian Trail, Hiking.

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. thruhike98  |  May 2, 2008 at 10:22 am

    I had the good fortune to thru-hike this same year. I was quite impressed with Mr. Shaffer. He passed me in New Hampshire! (I think he had some vehicle support, but still – he passed me!) 😉

  • 2. TGAW  |  May 2, 2008 at 10:45 am

    @thruhike98 – Wow that’s awesome!

  • 3. Aaron  |  May 5, 2008 at 11:23 am

    That’s a man with a whole lot of time on his hands.

    +1 for being retired!

  • 4. geekhiker  |  May 5, 2008 at 11:08 pm

    Wow. Just. Wow.

    I think, when I retire (or win the lottery) I’ll have to start through-hiking…


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