Video Downloads

Earl Shaffer loved sharing his Appalachian Trail adventures with slideshow presentations at schools and community events, reaching thousands of people of all ages. He was passionate about inspiring others to explore the Appalachian Trail and pursue their own adventures. The Earl Shaffer Foundation has recorded one of his slideshow presentations and made it available for anyone to enjoy today. 

If you are inspired by his message, and want to help support generations of future hikers, feel free to make a contribution below!

Earl himself narrates this 80-minute slideshow which illustrates his historic 1948 thru hike of the Appalachian Trail with photos taken by Earl during the hike. Shown to countless audiences by Earl during the 54 years he was alive following his 1948 hike, the slideshow is now available to anyone to view.The images in the slideshow were processed by the Smithsonian Institution to enhance their clarity and preserve their quality. Earl gives details of all that he encountered and how he coped with the challenging conditions during his unprecedented 4-month odyssey. 

Earl's younger brother John Shaffer narrates this half hour video biography of Earl featuring Shaffer family photos from Earl's early years through his military service, his passion for writing poetry and music, and continuing from his historic 1948 first-ever Appalachian Trail thru-hike through his 50th anniversary thru-hike in 1998. This is a unique and intimate look at the background of the man who invented thru-hiking.