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Earl Shaffer Shelter

This structure, once known as the "Earl Shaffer Shelter" in honor of the first recorded A.T. thru-hiker, co-founder of SATC, and the man who led SATC in building it starting in 1959, through 1961 into 1962, lost this name in mid-1983 when its namesake proclaimed it to be "too fancy" (a floor had later been installed) and not in keeping with his vision of the A.T. See the Fall 1983Bushwack Bulletin for more details.

Earl Shaffer Shelter - photo by Lorrie Preston Earl Shaffer Shelter - photo by Lorrie Preston

Long since functionally replaced by a structure even less in keeping with Earl's preferences, on August 2, 2008 it was removed and began its move to the new A.T. museum. The floor was removed first to uncover for photographs of the structure that Earl intended. A large boulder (dubbed "Earl's Pillow") was then seen to protrude from the dirt floor. Reportedly, that was why the floor was installed: to cover the rock!

Charlie Duane has posted photos of this unique event and Larry Luxenberg has posted a compendium of information about the shelter. Both have links to videos that record the dismantling project.

This page seeks to share some of the memories of those, like Earl, in whose footsteps we follow.


SATC Club History

A history of SATC's first 35 years, beginning in 1954, was written by Ralph Kinter, one of the co-founders. Learn how SATC became a local leader in landscape preservation before it became a buzzword or even before there were land trusts.


SATC Board Meeting Minutes

2016:  Fall

SATC Past Newsletters

Issues of the Bushwack Bulletin, SATC's newsletter, have been saved in the Adobe Acrobat format. Only highly selected issues prior to the modern computer age have been scanned to date. The current issue is available only to members, so join us!

1954: Fall The First One!
1955: Spring
1959: Spring
1963: Spring
1969: Spring
1972: Summer
1979: Spring Winter
1983: Fall
1987: Fall
1990: Summer Fall Winter
1991: Spring Summer Fall Winter
1992: Spring Fall Winter
1993: Spring Fall Winter
1994: Spring Summer Fall Winter
1995: Spring Fall Winter
1996: Spring Summer Fall Winter
1997: Spring Summer Fall Winter
1998: Spring Summer Fall Winter
1999: Spring Summer Fall Winter
2000: Spring Fall Winter
2001: Spring Summer Fall Winter
2002: Spring Fall Winter
2003 Spring Summer Fall Winter
2004: Spring Summer Fall Winter
2005: Spring Summer Fall Winter
2006: Spring Summer Fall Winter
2007: Spring Summer Fall Winter
2008: Spring Summer Fall Winter
2009: Spring Summer Fall Winter
2010: Spring Summer Fall Winter
2011: Spring Summer Fall Winter
2012: Spring Summer Fall Winter
2013: Spring Summer Fall Winter
2014: Spring Summer Fall Winter
2015: Spring Summer Fall Winter
2016: Spring Summer Fall Winter

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"Our Favorite Hikes"

Some twenty years ago, one of the most eagerly awaited features of the Bushwack Bulletin was a detailed map (usually drawn by Ralph Kinter) of a favored hiking destination in the Harrisburg area.

We are pleased to provide the descriptions for 36 of "Our Favorite Hikes," but PLEASE be aware that in many cases the trails described there have been relocated or even closed.

Hence, we provide these twenty year old maps and hike descriptions for entertainment and historical purposes only.


Darlington Trail, a route no more, but less...

SATC's Darlington Trail was among those described in the 6th (1972) edition of the book PennsylvaniaHiking Trails that is periodically issued by the Keystone Trails Association. At that time the route was 25 miles long and extended on both sides of the Susquehanna River.

Now, it is 7.74 miles long, only on the west side of the river, and only on public land. It is a beautiful, but much shorter hike.

Read the old and current descriptions of the trail and judge the thirty years of intervening progress for yourself. If this is not your idea of "progress," please support SATC's landscape preservation efforts.


Old Hike Codes (used 6/04 to 6/09):

The 2004 to 2009 Hike Code System identifies: PACE - TERRAIN - MILEAGE

Pace Codes:

1 - Leisurely (nature or historical walk; frequent stops for observation)
2 - Moderate (steady, 1 to 2 mph)
3 - Brisk (steady, 2 to 3 mph)
4 - Fast (3 to 4 mph; very short breaks; a workout)

Terrain Codes:

A - Solid pavement/sidewalk
B - Soft ground/sand/carriage trails; nearly level; few rocks or obstructions (roots)
C - Some rocks/roots/obstructions; climbs and descents totaling up to 1000 feet possible
D - Steep hills, rocks/roots/obstructions likely; frequent climbs and descents with a total of more than 1000 feet
E - Extremely difficult; some or all of the following features possible or likely:

Mileage: Estimated by leader

Example: 2-C-10.3


Older Hike Codes (used before 6/04):

Code Short Description Miles Climbs
A Easy (excellent for beginners) Up to 6 Very little
B Fairly easy (good for beginners) Up to 6 Some easy
B+ Moderate Up to 6 More difficult
C Fairly moderate 7 to 9 Very little
C+ Strenuous 7 to 9 Several significant
D More strenuous 10 to 12 Very little
D+ Very strenuous 10 to 12 Several significant
E Difficult Over 12 Very little
E+ Very difficult Over 12 Very rugged
       
In addition to assigning a code, hike leaders would describe the pace and footing where this is essential.

For example: "Easy with moderate to fast pace" or "Easy with nature stops" or "Good footpath" or "Rocky and rough".


PA Capital Region Hiking and Activity Schedule | Scheduled Trail Maintenance Events
Home | About SATC | Nearby Trails: Map/Guide Sources | PA Camping & Fire Rules | Trail Alerts | PA Hunting Seasons
SATC Archives and History | Landscape Preservation and Conservation Issues | Links to Other Web Sites | Join SATC | Contact SATC