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Old 10-19-2004, 06:01 PM   #1
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Lean-to Pictures

I'm from Michigan and had never heard of a Lean-to until my son went Hiking with his church. When he returned he had alot of great tales of the Adirondacks. I talked him into going back with me, Wow What A Place!
Anyways one of the things I really liked was the Lean-tos. If any of you have pictures of them and would like to share I would love to download them.
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Old 10-19-2004, 06:12 PM   #2
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Welcome to the forums. Maybe someday you'll make your way out here and discover why there's an entire internet forum dedicated to these great mountains. In the meantime, here's a lean-to at Marcy Dam (the most heavily camped/traveled part of the entire Adirondacks):



You'll note the fire ring was removed (and only the concrete slab remains). Fires have been prohibited in the eastern high peaks due to excessive foraging for wood and nature struggling to continually replenish its soils. I asked one of the rangers about the fires and he said it's likely they will NEVER return to the eastern high peaks. His thinking was that once you establish the fact X# of people will camp and have fires each year, and this exceeds the areas ability to provide sufficient firewood for that #, then you can never allow fires in that area again.

Personally, I just go elsewhere in the park if I want to camp leisurely and build a fire. The eastern high peaks is mostly mountains, and my main purpose for being there has always been to climb those mountains.
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Old 10-19-2004, 06:13 PM   #3
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Here's one I took just this weekend at Spruce Lake on the Northville-Lake Placid trail. The wind was howling, it was sleeting, and the place was deserted - but it still was a pretty spot:



Note the partially-debarked tree; probably some bozo getting tinder for a fire. Grr!

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Old 10-19-2004, 06:14 PM   #4
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Here's a smaller lean-to in another high traffic area at Lake Colden (the one above at Marcy Dam is the biggest I think there is in the entire Adirondacks).



You'll note the moss on the roof. It's a very old lean-to and is probably slated to be replaced soon. Both lean-tos are in need of repair, but only the Colden lean-to really needs replacement at this time.

Here's a link to my photo journal. This will give you something of a tour of the d'acks, though in a single lifetime I doubt I'll ever get to see and visit everyplace I'd want to.

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Old 10-19-2004, 07:22 PM   #5
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Here's a night time shot of a lean-to on the Raquette river.

Enjoy!

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Old 10-19-2004, 07:54 PM   #6
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Thanks a lot, those are some beautiful pictures. I have been to the Adirondacks with my son, and I did see the huge Lean-to at Marcy Dam. It was a great experience and the pictures bring it back. I would really like to go back next year. I never even knew Lean-tos, water pumps, and, little tiny stoves exsisted. It was a big learning experience for me.
Thanks again
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Old 10-19-2004, 08:17 PM   #7
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Here -one- of the Marcy Dam lean-tos in mid November on my way to Phelps.
Here's -one- of Panther Gorge lean-to,
and -another- of my adopted lean-to, Slide Brook, near Elk Lake. That's me and my daughter sitting in the shadows. We had just finished raking and cleaning up and I cleaned out and rebuilt the fireplace. This is part of the Dix Mountain Wilderness where fires are allowed, for now.
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Old 10-19-2004, 10:11 PM   #8
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I like the idea of this thread . Nice to see the different lean-to. Every single one of them has their own charm.

The location of the lean-to on Spruce lake is great.


Keep the pictures coming.
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Old 10-19-2004, 10:26 PM   #9
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Here is one of the lean-tos at Duck Hole (if I posted it correctly).
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Old 10-20-2004, 08:01 AM   #10
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Old 10-20-2004, 08:48 AM   #11
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Old 10-20-2004, 09:54 AM   #12
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I'm from Michigan and had never heard of a Lean-to
I was camped at Whispering Pines a couple of years ago and was talking to a group of young guys who were also there. They were from Michigan and were very excited to have climbed their first mountain earlier that week. They had hiked in and stayed at a "lean-up".

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Old 10-20-2004, 05:24 PM   #13
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Thanks guys. The pictures are great. You are educating the lean-up people of Michigan. Keep them coming if ya got some more.
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Keep them coming if ya got some more.
Here ya go. Same LT as in #10 on a sunny day and in full action.
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Naz, Thanks for that great photo of Spruce LAke LT.
Fvrwld - are those your dainties hanging out at West lake??
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Naz, Thanks for that great photo of Spruce LAke LT.
You bet. Sure wish I'd had the time to stay there - it's a beautiful spot. There are some nice tent sites near it as well.
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Naz, Thanks for that great photo of Spruce LAke LT.
Fvrwld - are those your dainties hanging out at West lake??
I was kinda wondering the same thing. I was also wondering if they had a repellent or attractive influence on predatory insects.
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I was kinda wondering the same thing. I was also wondering if they had a repellent or attractive influence on predatory insects.
I guess that depends on what type of predatory insect you're talking about.

Anyway...I'm sure you both looked close enough to see that they aint my dainties. (I left them home)
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