The Most Influential Hikers Of All Time

Appalachian Trail Plaque of Earl Shaffer

Has it ever been debated on who are the most influential hikers of all time (Top 5 )? With the creation of the A.T. Museum, I know there was discussion about the most influential Appalachian Trail backpackers of all time (ie. Earl Shaffer), but what about in general?

I’d argue that Earl Shaffer makes that cut for pioneering the first “official” thru-hike, but what about someone like “Flyin’ Brian” Robinson who became the first hiker to conquer hiking’s Triple Crown in a calendar year? He definitely took thru-hiking to an entirely new level? Curious to get your thoughts on this….


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