[Tagging] Wilderness huts

Dave Swarthout daveswarthout at gmail.com
Tue Apr 1 08:44:09 UTC 2014

In the old days when the term was first  brought into use in the Adirondack
Mountains, it was just that, a bunch of spruce branches leaning against a
tree. At any rate, they are common features in the eastern American
wilderness regions.

See this link about lean-tos on the Appalachian Trail


The Adirondack Mountains in NY State have lean-tos as well. I've stayed in
lean-tos many times in my younger days.


List of lean-tos: http://cnyhiking.com/AdirondackLeanTos.htm

On Tue, Apr 1, 2014 at 2:32 PM, Steve Doerr <doerr.stephen at gmail.com> wrote:

> On 01/04/2014 02:01, Dave Swarthout wrote:
>  Fly mentioned shelter_type just now — another type of wilderness
>> accommodation is a basic shelter called a lean-to, a rough three sided,
>> roofed shelter, open to the elements on one side.
> That's an odd use of the word 'lean-to'. Yes, a lean-to is a three-sided
> structure, but it's only a lean-to if it 'leans' against another structure
> which effectively supplies the fourth side. A free-standing lean-to is a
> contradiction in terms!
> --
> Steve
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Dave Swarthout
Homer, Alaska
Chiang Mai, Thailand
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