[at-l] Earl Shaffer's hike questioned

Jim Bullard jim.bullard at gmail.com
Sun Jul 3 21:28:44 CDT 2011

I think that the 'definition' would be in terms of what the first person to
do it actually did. OTOH that still misses the whole point since we all hike
for different and very personal reasons. Earl hiked to "get the war out" and
apparently he succeeded.

Jim Bullard

On Sun, Jul 3, 2011 at 6:57 PM, Mark Hudson <mvhudson at gmail.com> wrote:

> Many good questions. One that looms for me is that was there even a
> definitive definition for "purist" in '48? If no one has done it before how
> do you define it?
> I think the whole "purist" argument is, to put it politely, BS. 20-20
> hindsight applied after the fact...
> I'd love to see a discussion between the author of this "documentation" and
> the guy that argued for the 'Boy Scout Troop' thru-hike... it might be a
> hoot, but I suspect I'd need a airsickness bag :-)
> skeeter
> <<Is there even a definitive definition for the Appalachian Trail as it
> existed in 1948?>>
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