Re: What is an adrondack?
Susan Ganther (susan@GIBBS.OIT.UNC.EDU)
Tue, 22 Feb 1994 19:41:02 +0500
On Tue, 22 Feb 1994, Beach Bum - Dave Bujak wrote:
> When my friends and i went mountain climbing in New York, we made use of
> the "Adirondack" lodges on the trail. Actually within the Adirondacks
> (Mountains) they are simply referred to as "lean-to's." They are very
> nice and comfortable. Attaching a groundcloth over the opening would be a
> good idea, but is actually illegal in New York. I do not know the actual
> reason why, but we were warned not to for if we were caught by rangers, we
> would be ticketed.
This is probably because they are public shelters and are supposed to be
available to anyone who arrives regardless of who was there first.
Attaching a tarp over the opening would imply that the shelter was the
private domain of the current occupant. It would also make it easier for a
homeless person to attempt to stake a claim on a shelter. This has been a
problem at the public shelters from time to time. This is also why three
sided shelters are preferred for public trails. The four sided cabins have
a long history of attracting people who set up long term camps and force
out the trekkers they were intended for. They become a real headache for
the maintainers and enforcement people to deal with, to the point that
shelters will sometimes be torn down or moved by the maintainers to put an
end to it.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City