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Updated: Oct 2, 2021

While on his final thru hike of the A.T. in 1998, Earl kept a journal which he wrote in the form of an ode, an ancient form of poetry which Earl loved. The Earl Shaffer Foundation has just published this journal for the first time in a special softcover Limited Edition. It is available to you here FREE with any donation of $25 or more to the Earl Shaffer Foundation. The book is beautifully illustrated with color photos of Earl and the Appalachian Trail contributed by friends of Earl Shaffer.

Earl's brother, John Shaffer, who wrote the book's Foreword, and Dave Donaldson, Earl's hiking partner at the end of his '98 hike, who wrote the book's Introduction, have both personally autographed this Limited First Edition.

We invite your kind donation, which will go directly to help the Foundation bring into publication many more of Earl's works which remain yet unpublished.

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We invite you to join us in making a meaningful contribution to help honor and preserve the legacy of Earl Shaffer. You can do this in a number of ways:

While our limited supply lasts, we will acknowledge your donation of $25.00 or more with a FREE beautifully-illustrated special First Edition of Earl's Ode to the Appalachian Trail.

The easiest way to contribute financially is by clicking the "Make a Donation" link below and charging your donation to your Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express Card.

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If you prefer, you may also send a check or money order made payable to the Earl Shaffer Foundation at this address:

Earl Shaffer Foundation 2596 Church Road York, PA 17404

Another very meaningful way to contribute to Earl's lasting legacy is by volunteering your time and energy to local trail and hiking organizations for trail maintenance and other useful projects. Access to a number of hiking organizations can be found on our website links page, and we invite you to experience the joy and satisfaction one can derive from helping construct and maintain rustic pathways through nature, as Earl did during much of his adult life.

Updated: Oct 2, 2021

Discovered among a relative's estate, recordings of Earl singing many of the ballads he wrote while he was stationed in the South Pacific during World War II (and others he wrote after he returned home) have just been released in CD format and are now available to order. Entitled Trail of the Tropic Moon , the CD contains 15 of Earl's songs, including Trail of the Tropic Moon, Tongareva Lament, Vagabodage, Wake of the Sea, Keystone Pennsylvania, Old Smoky Ramble, Song of the Timberline, Skies Over the River, Didn't Seem to Care, Loon Yodel, Kinzua Death Chant and Wanderers Quest. New versions of Midnight Rain, Susquehanna Song, and April Dawn, songs on Earl's first CD, complete the new CD.

HOW TO ORDER Trail of the Tropic Moon

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Updated: Oct 2, 2021

Photograph taken in York, PA on March 27th, 2002 by John Shaffer

Operation of the Katahdin Art Project will soon transfer from Bart Smith's Crest Photography to the Earl Shaffer Foundation. Details for purchasing signed copies of this beautiful memorial to Earl will be updated on this website soon.

For details on the Katahdin Art Project, please visit:

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