Earl Shaffer's Diary (1948)
During his first solo thru hike of the Appalachian Trail in the summer of 1948, Earl Shaffer kept a diary of his trip, logging information about the condition of the Trail, the people he met, wildlife he encountered, and photographs he took. Shaffer was also a poet, and the diary contains many of the poems he wrote along the way. The diary is now part of the collection of the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History and has been transcribed in its entirety.
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Earl Shaffer, “Earl Shaffer's Diary (1948),” Appalachian Trail Histories, accessed March 28, 2023, https://appalachiantrailhistory.org/items/show/471.