"BirdShooter" The Quiz

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Post by BirdShooter » Thu Sep 24, 2009 12:29 pm

I have been asked via email how the trail name "BirdShooter" came to be. I'll let you guess at it and after a few months tell you the whole story.

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Post by BirdShooter » Fri Dec 18, 2009 1:20 am

And here is the answer... "None Of The Above". It actually came from a line in a book about Earl Shaffer who was the first thru-hiker to complete the Appalachian Trail in 1947. I figured I'd rather name myself than risk getting dubbed with a trail name that I didn't like. BirdShooter sounded cool and was derived from the hiking boots that Earl Shaffer walked in during his thru-hike. I figured it would inspire me to keep walking regardless of how tough things got during my 1994 thru-hike. It worked. I finished the hike on October 15th, 1994 and BirdShooter has been my trail name ever since. Here's the paragraph from the book that was the inspiration for the trail name. I read it only months before starting my six-month hike on the A.T.:

“The launching of the “Long Cruiseâ€

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