Sanders confirmed the feat was accomplished as Eberhart was toasted with champagne at a friend’s house.
Jordan Bowman of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, confirmed that Eberhart is the oldest, surpassing Sanders.
After retiring as an optometrist in Florida in 1993, Eberhart began his journey in earnest.
The man with flowing locks and an impressive beard actually rose far higher than those who crossed the 2,193-mile (3,530-kilometer) trail running between Springer Mountain in Georgia and Katahdin, Maine. He began his hike in February at his home in Flag Mountain, Alabama, adding hundreds of extra miles to the route.
For a man who covered 4,400 miles (7,080 kilometers) from the Florida Keys to northern Quebec, the journey represented a modest distance, relatively speaking, an adventure he described in the book “Ten Million Steps”. . He later traveled on foot from Newfoundland to Florida, an even greater distance. He also walked from Chicago to California on Route 66.
He said he was feeling his age on this growth. His reflexes were not the same as they ever were, so he tried to limit himself to hiking for eight hours a day.
But still he got beaten up.
On a recent day in New Hampshire, he took a tumble and bled from his elbow. A hiking companion asked if he wanted to take a break.