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Welcome to the newsletter of the Earl Shaffer Foundation!


Our newsletter, and our work, and a tribute to what Earl Shaffer, first thru-hiker of the Appalachian Trail, brought into the hiking community.

In this newsletter, we invite submissions of poetry, articles, photography, and art by all Appalachian Trail hikers and community members. Feel free to submit your own at earl.shaffer.fnd (at)! We look forward to hearing from you, and hope you enjoy this newsletter!

Read our latest newsletter below!

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Do you have an article, poem, photograph, or artistic creation you'd like to contribute to our newsletter? Send us a message and we'd love to connect! For photo or art submissions, please include a link to your work, or attach your submissions in an email to:
earl.shaffer.fnd (at)

Thanks for submitting!

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