[at-l] Earl Shaffer's hike questioned

Frank Looper nightwalker.at at gmail.com
Sun Jul 3 11:22:14 CDT 2011

"Published on Whiteblaze" kind of says it all.
On Jul 3, 2011 12:19 PM, "snodrog5 at gmail.com" <snodrog5 at gmail.com> wrote:
> The research paper was posted on Whiteblaze.net. The author's tone, simply
> put, is that if he can't prove a detail that happened six decades ago Earl
> must've lied. Screw him, and the "research" he rode in on.
> Teej
> On Sun, Jul 3, 2011 at 9:53 AM, <carla_dave_hicks at verizon.net> wrote:
>> http://www.roanoke.com/news/roanoke/wb/291803
>> "Did the man heralded as the first to walk the entire Appalachian Trail
>> take a shortcut into history?A new report questions whether Earl Shaffer
>> actually walked the trail's entire length.
>> By Laurence Hammack
>> 981-3239
>> ....
>> Jim McNeely, a West Virginia lawyer and hiker who spent years researching
>> the epic hike, says Shaffer bypassed at least 170 miles of the trail --
>> taking multiple shortcuts by walking on country roads and twice accepting
>> short rides in cars.
>> "This is not nitpicking about someone leaving the trail to go around some
>> downed trees," McNeely said of his findings, detailed in a 158-page
>> he shared with The Roanoke Times.
>> "I was looking for knowing, deliberate decisions to not walk the
>> Appalachian Trail."
>> ...."
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