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by Earl V. Shaffer

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ISBN: 0917953843
Author: Earl V. Shaffer
Language: English
Publisher: Appalachian Trail Conservancy; 1st edition (June 1, 2004)
Pages: 160
Category: Historical
Subcategory: Biography
Rating: 4.5
Votes: 163
Size Fb2: 1500 kb
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Walking with Spring book.

Walking with Spring book.

Earl Shaffer was a man of few words, and this memoir of his first Appalachian Trail thru-hike in 1948 is no different.

AT MAP: MARYLANDAll the informational resources needed to hike the Appalachian Trail. Earl Shaffer was a man of few words, and this memoir of his first Appalachian Trail thru-hike in 1948 is no different. This is not a book someone picks up to learn about thru-hiking; there are practically no descriptions of the actual Trail itself, and the amount of road walking Shaffer had to do may have been the genesis of the misperception that the Appalachian Trail is a casual walk through the bucolic countryside of Appalachia.

Earl V. Shaffer (November 8, 1918 – May 5, 2002), was an American outdoorsman and author known from 1948 as The Crazy One . He privately published his memoir of the experience; his book, Walking With Spring. Shaffer (November 8, 1918 – May 5, 2002), was an American outdoorsman and author known from 1948 as The Crazy One (and eventually as The Original Crazy One) for attempting what became the first publicized claimed hiking trip in a single season over the entire length of the Appalachian Trail (AT). Shaffer was born in rural York, Pennsylvania, which lies approximately twenty miles from the AT, and which he always made his home.

Books by Earl Shaffer.

BEFORE I WALKED WITH SPRING This book, written by Earl during World War II but not published until 2008, serves as. .

BEFORE I WALKED WITH SPRING This book, written by Earl during World War II but not published until 2008, serves as a prequel to Earl's famous bestselling book, Walking With Spring. DVD Video Biography of Earl Shaffer Earl's younger brother John Shaffer narrates this half hour video biography of Earl featuring Shaffer family photos from Earl's early years through his military service, his passion for writing poetry and music, and continuing from his historic 1948 first-ever Appalachian Trail thru-hike through his 50th anniversary thru-hike in 1998. This is a unique and intimate look at the background of the man who invented thru-hiking. Shaffer (November 8, 1918 – May 5, 2002), was an American outdoorsman and . Shaffer (November 8, 1918 – May 5, 2002), was an American outdoorsman and author known from 1948 as The Crazy One (an.He privately published his memoir of the experience; his book,

Walking with Spring by Earl Schaffer. In April 1948, Earl Shaffer had cjust ome home from war in the Pacific. He needed to walk it off, and he did with the most primitive of gear. In four months, he walked with the merging spring from Georgia to Maine, bushwhacking to find the route more often than not, becoming the first to report a complete, single-journey trek on the Appalachian Trail, Grandma Gatewood’s Walk. 5. Grandma Gatewood’s Walk by Ben Montgomery.

Shaffer, Earl V. (1983) Walking With Spring. Harper's Ferry, West Virginia: the Appalachian Trail Conference. Earl V. Shaffer (2004), Walking With Spring, Harpers Ferry, W. Va. Berger, Karen and Daniel Smith (1993). Where the Waters Divide: A Walk along America's Continental Divide. New York: Random House. Hiking is the preferred term, in Canada and the United States, for a long, vigorous walk, usually on trails (footpaths), in the countryside, while the word walking is used for shorter, particularly urban walks. V. Appalachian Trail Conference, ISBN 17953-84-3. Shaffer (November 8, 1918 – May 5, 2002), was an American outdoorsman and author known . In 1965 Shaffer hiked in 99 days from. Shaffer (November 8, 1918 – May 5, 2002), was an American outdoorsman and author known from 1948 as The Crazy One (and eventually as The Original Crazy One) for attempting what became the first documented hiking trip in a single season over the entire length of the Appalachian Trail (AT) In 1965 Shaffer hiked in 99 days from Maine to Springer Mountain, which had recently replaced Oglethorpe as the Trail's Georgia end, becoming the first person to complete a trip in each direction.

Earl Shaffer became the first to have publicly thru-hiked the AT in 1948. Shaffer, Earl V. A 1994 report claimed that a group of boy scouts had done so twelve years earlier, but these claims have never been adequately documented. Therefore, they are considered highly suspect in most hiking circles (see Appalachian Trail).

In April 1948, the 11-year-old Appalachian Trail from Maine to Georgia was pretty much a wreck: Volunteer maintainers who hadn't been called to combat couldn't get rationed gasoline to get out there to keep it clear. In April 1948, so, pretty much, was Earl Shaffer, self-dubbed "The Crazy One." He had come home from war in the Pacific where he had lost the dearest friend of his life. He needed to walk it off, and he did with the most primitive of gear. In four months, he walked with the merging spring from Georgia to Maine, bushwhacking to find the route more often than not-becoming the first to report a complete, single-journey trek on this footpath of more than 2,000 miles. More than 7,000 have since followed in his footsteps. These reflections on and from his first of three thru-hikes are often lyrical, full of history and local legend and his own quiet insights on life in the woods in a much different era all around.

Comments:

Mr_Mole
Enjoyed reading this book, because of lot of history into the trails beginnings, and how it was established. He has many black & white photos of the trail, view points, shelters etc. The stories he conveys, really lets the reader know how rural America was in 1947. You get this primarily thru the people he meets (country folks in cabins) city folk who don't know what they are doing (that hasn't changed.)

He is a naturalist as well, and gives great descriptions of wildlife, and the destruction of our natural resources - even back then he was angry how our forests were (mis)managed He would turn over in his grave if he saw what 65 years have done.
By todays' standards, his hiking gear would be considered grossly inept. It is wonder he made it all because his woeful 'equipment" , poorly marked trails, getting lost numerous times, and at times, bush-whacking the trail to get by.

He hiked the trail to "Get the Army out of my system". He also lost his best friend fighting on Iwo Jima, which affected him profoundly, as he never married nor got very close to anyone.
Getting resupplied was another obstacle he faced. The list of reasons why he should have never made it are endless. Even when he was done, and wanted get credited for it (and published) no one believed him. He was grilled for 3 1/2 hours by a major publisher to authenticate his 'story.

btw .. he was also the FIRST person to hike the trail North to South!! And to top that off, on his 50th anniversary of his hike, he did it AGAIN.. at the age 79. His trail name was the "Crazy One". The guy is tough as nails and probably gargles with peanut butter!! Great Read.

Thank you Earl!
Yllk
. . . and your Patron Saint, if you are a thru-hiker, or aspire to be a thru-hiker, or a section hiker, or a one-time visitor who will never forget the experience.

This one has a special place in my affections. If you only buy one account of an Appalachian Trail thru-hike, this has my most emphatic, enthusiastic recommendation. If you've made a list of many such accounts to consider, I make the identical recommendation for starting with this one. The original AT thru-hiker's original thru-hike, on a poorly maintained post-WWII trail in 1948, with a degree of solitude and perseverance that humbles the rest of us, or at least it should. And what Earl V. Shaffer's thru-hike accomplished for the trail, and for everyone who's hiked it since, cannot be measured.
Silverbrew
Nowadays it seems like everyone who thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail has written a book. Actually even pretenders like Bill Bryson (who hiked something like a quarter of it) would also write one. Of course, thru-hiking the AT is no small feat, and I respect anyone who has honestly done it and those who left a written account. But Earl Shaffer's book is something in its own category.

For one thing, as you undoubtedly already know, Earl Shaffer was the first person to hike the entire AT. This in itself is legendary -- before him, this was simply not known to be possible. His accomplishment has played a role in spreading the "trail fever" and inspired thousands would-be thru-hikers.

But this is a review about the book, so let me get to the point. This is in fact a surprisingly well written book. Earl Shaffer is actually a gifted writer (too bad he was too busy wandering in the mountains to leave us many volumes, but I am grateful for even this one). His narrative is free-flowing, like the mountain stream; his account is succinct, never dragging or boring, and he had a good sense of humor. He even sprinkled the book with his poetry (now, I am not one who "gets" poetry so I won't comment on that). And apparently he is also a pretty competent photographer, as the many pictures in this book illustrate (and there is a DVD of a slideshow of his photographs; I need to check that out some time).

I really think the book is a quite remarkable literary achievement in its own right, even if you don't take into consideration of his historical achievement. Of course, when you do take that into consideration, you will realize it is truly a must-read if you are into the outdoors, and especially if you are planning to, or even fantasizing of, thru-hiking the AT some day (I am not saying I am, but hey you never know).
Dandr
This book was written from notes of Earl Shaffer who thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail in 1948. Having been born in the '40's, I can relate to some of the terminology he uses, and the graciousness he experiences from rural people along the way. It is an EXCELLENT book based on the year he walked it...and the fact that in that year, some of the trail was still being "mapped" out.. Having read more recent books of travel on the AT, it, like so many things, appears to have become more commercialized, and the experiences less taxing, as more restaurants, lodging, etc. has sprung up along the trail, catering to hikers. I thoroughly enjoyed it!!!
Bluecliff
I've read many books about hiking the AT, but this one is my favorite. Earl Shaffer was the first man to hike the entire AT in one season, from Georgia to Maine. He had only his army boots, a rucksack, a pot to cook in and a little money. He didn't even have a tent for most of his hike. This was decades before high-tech camping equipment, and I think the simplicity of his gear gave him more of a real feel for the trail than modern people experience.

His writing style is laid back and humorous, and sprinkled with just the right amount of history as he wrote about the places he saw. I've hiked small portions of the AT, and can appreciate the many nights he camped in the cold and rain, and the huge mountains he crossed.

What amazes me is that there are factions out there who doubt he actually walked the entire AT. His book includes some of the many photos he took of the shelters and vistas he saw along the way, and selections from a daily journal he kept during his voyage.

Earl Shaffer was a tortured soul after his service in WWII, but his hike on the AT proves that spending time in the wilderness can heal and buoy up the spirit. This is a wonderful book, and a must-read for anyone who has ever thought about hiking the AT.

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