The 83-year-old Earl Shaffer who in 1948 was the first solo hiker to traverse the entire Georgia-to-Maine Appalachian Trail in one season was inducted Friday into the William Penn Senior High School Hall of Fame.
Shaffer, a 1935 William Penn graduate, was the 39th person to receive the honor.
John Shaffer, a Dover resident, said there are 40 sites on the Internet devoted in one respect or another to his older brother. Earl Shaffers 1948 Birdshooters and the World War I-era backpack he used on his first hike are in the Smithsonian Institution.
There are a lot of pages on him on the net:
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.