Aggregation of material regarding the construction and preservation of the Earl Shaffer Shelter, Peters Mountain, PA.

They called him the 'Crazy One'

Frank Bodani - Legend of York County native Earl Shaffer remains strong on Trail
The York Daily Record - Posted: 11/15/2005 11:14:00 AM EST

He was a simple-living man who became a national treasure.
The hiking community is still praising Shiloh native Earl V. Shaffer nearly three years after his death. In 1948, Shaffer became the first person to hike the entire Appalachian Trail in one steady journey, from Springer Mountain in Georgia to Mount Katahdin in Maine.

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Calling him back to hero's home

Frank Bodani - Dave Donaldson bought the Shiloh house where hiking legend Earl Shaffer grew up.
The York Daily Record - Posted: 11/15/2005 11:15:00 AM EST

"The man was tough," Donaldson said. "Earl was all knees and elbows, and Mount Katahdin is like a mile-high boulder pile. There were some days I saw him take some falls, and I thought for sure he broke his kneecap, but he never complained and just got up and kept walking."

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Note: John Shaffer points out that Dave bought John Shaffer's house - immediately adjacent to the "Homestead."

Reading Eagle article

Rita Floriani, Reading Eagle Correspondent 7-31-2008 - Shelter was named for the first Appalachian Trail thru-hiker

Within a short time, we saw it off to our right and pulled over to take some pictures. The old stone monument read, "Appalachian Trail, Manada Gap, erected 1936 to honor Runkle Bro's., Trail Supervisors, Blue Mountain Eagle Climbing Club."
We were standing where an original section of the Appalachian Trail had been. It was also where Earl Shaffer hiked 60 years ago on his way north as the first ever Appalachian Trail thru-hiker.

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abc 27 news

Appalachian Trail Hikers Pay Tribute to Hiking Legend

(posted 08/02/2008 at 05:39 PM) There was a special tribute being paid on the Appalachian Trail in Dauphin County Saturday to hiking legend Earl Shaffer. Several hikers were carefully dismantling a shelter along the trail that was built by Shaffer so that it could be preserved in a museum. The shed was situated about three miles north of the route 225 crossing and the last remaining shed of several built by Shaffer.

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