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Description:

In 1939 the Appalachian Trail Conference issued guidelines to its member clubs regarding the construction of shelters (then called lean-tos) along the Appalachian Trail. The goal, as stated in this document, was to place shelters approximately 10 miles apart:

Such spacing avoids undue exertion for travelers carrying heavy packs and yet permits "skipping" a lean-to by more strenuously inclined traveler's for their day's journey.

The design of the lean-tos was to follow the general design of the Adirondack shelter: three-walled, with a steeply sloping roof, and a stone fireplace at the front that would radiate heat into the structure.

Collection:

Trail Shelters


Date:

02/1939

Creator:

Appalachian Trail Conference

Subject

Trail Shelters

Contributor

Mills Kelly

Format

Text

Source:

Archives of the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club

Rights

Appalachian Trail Conservancy

Citation

Appalachian Trail Conference, “Early Lean-to Construction,” Appalachian Trail Histories, accessed July 16, 2019, http://appalachiantrailhistory.org/items/show/107.

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ATCShelterdoc.jpg
ATC Shelter doc.pdf