[at-l] Earl Shaffer's hike questioned

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Sun Jul 3 11:19:12 CDT 2011

The research paper was posted on Whiteblaze.net. The author's tone, simply
put, is that if he can't prove a detail that happened six decades ago Earl
must've lied. Screw him, and the "research" he rode in on.


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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