[at-l] Grandma Gatewood a fraud? Earl Schaffer says so.
ellen at clinic.net
Wed Apr 4 22:10:06 CDT 2007
Grandma Gatewood certainly hiked "on the AT." In my conversations with Earl Shaffer, I never heard him say she never hiked, only that she was a "bum." He was offended that she sometimes begged meals and lodging from trailside homes. Earl never made much money and lived very frugally. Until his final years without running water or electricity, I undertand. But he always paid his own way.
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> From: Dust <pctttdust at yahoo.com>
> To: at-l at backcountry.net
> Date: Wed, Apr-4-2007 10:29 PM
> Subject: [at-l] Grandma Gatewood a fraud? Earl Schaffer says so.
> Quite a few people have described Grandma Gatewood as a huckster who
> never really hiked the AT. This was the opinion of the granddaddy of the
> A.T., Earl Shaffer. At the PA Ruck in 2002, Shaffer indeed said "She's
> a fraud."
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