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Obituary for Earl Shaffer

May 7 2002 at 9:30 AM
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Earl Shaffer, who became in 1948 the first person to hike all 2,160 miles of the Appalachian Trail in one trip, has died. He was 83.

Shaffer, who developed almost a cult following among hikers, died Sunday at the Lebanon Veterans Administration Medical Center after a bout with cancer.

At the time that Shaffer completed his four-month journey from Georgia to Maine, such a trip was not thought desirable or even possible.

Shaffer later hiked the trial in the other direction, and in 1998 - 50 years after his first hike and just months before his 80th birthday - he hiked the route all over again.

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