[at-l] Earl Shaffer's hike questioned

David Addleton dfaddleton at gmail.com
Sun Jul 3 13:39:08 CDT 2011

Is there even a definitive definition for the Appalachian Trail as it
existed in 1948? Exactly when was the first definition of the AT made and
published? What are the dates of publication and the definitions of the
revisions to the first definition? What controversies existed about those
definitions and re-locations and what did Earl know about them and when did
he know it?

If the AT wasn't sufficiently or completely defined or marked in 1948 what
exactly does it mean to say he didn't walk on it?  Is it a little like
saying that Pheidippides did not run the first marathon?

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 report
> he shared with The Roanoke Times.
> "I was looking for knowing, deliberate decisions to not walk the
> Appalachian Trail."
> ...."
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