Updated: Oct 2, 2021
At the 2004 Ruck at Pine Grove Furnace State Park in Pennsylvania, Foundation Chairman David Donaldson presented Brad Orndorff, manager of Ironmaster's Hostel, a framed photo of Earl taken during his 1998 thru hike, along with a photo of Katahdin and the poem Earl wrote the morning he climbed Baxter Peak in 1998. Rounding out the presentation was a brass plaque which lists Earl's 3 thru hikes in '48, '65 and '98. The items are now mounted for permanent display in the hostel's dining room. This is the first of a series of presentations planned to memorialize Earl in hostels along the AT.