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Old 04-20-2012, 07:29 PM   #1
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The largest collection of lean-to pictures ever (probably) (image heavy)

Ode to an Adirondack lean-to... The following pictures represent roughly 40% of the lean-tos in New York State.




























































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Old 04-20-2012, 07:30 PM   #2
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Old 04-20-2012, 08:19 PM   #3
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Awesome photos!
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Old 04-20-2012, 08:49 PM   #4
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That is awesome! Thanks for posting!
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Old 04-20-2012, 09:06 PM   #5
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D, are you limiting this to ADK lean-to's? It looks like you have a pic of Old Job and that's in VT.
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Old 04-20-2012, 09:12 PM   #6
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D, are you limiting this to ADK lean-to's? It looks like you have a pic of Old Job and that's in VT.
Yep- and quite a few of them are in the Catskills as well. Not limited to the Adirondacks, but to the "Adirondack style" of camping shelter.
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Old 04-20-2012, 09:26 PM   #7
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Wow, thanks for that!
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Old 04-20-2012, 09:28 PM   #8
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There are 123 lean-tos shown. My last count of lean-tos in New York State was around 275 total- so what's shown is roughly 44% of the total number of lean-tos in NY.

Of the 123 shown, 3 (Black Pond, Long Pond, and Bozen Kill) are day use only. Of the remaining 120 where one can legally camp, I've spent at least one night in 79. (My currrent total is somewhere around 115 or 120, but I don't have pictures of the others, unfortunately!)
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Old 04-20-2012, 11:12 PM   #9
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Yeah, thanks for the photos. To many years ago I remember my first visit to a Adirondack Lean-To.
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Old 04-21-2012, 02:19 AM   #10
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very nice, I have a lot of good memories form a lot of those places! seeing pics brought some of em back! Thanks!
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Old 04-21-2012, 03:56 AM   #11
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Seen one seen them all, NOT! Great collection, nice post.
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Old 04-21-2012, 07:40 AM   #12
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Are you also keeping track of which ones have been removed or moved, such as Deer Brook?
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Old 04-21-2012, 09:37 AM   #13
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Nice compilation. Mewonders the total number of walking miles to accumulate such a huge pictorial library.
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Old 04-21-2012, 10:12 AM   #14
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These photos are urging me to plan for my next backpack.
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Old 04-21-2012, 10:55 AM   #15
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[QUOTE=richard1726;184894]Seen one seen them all, NOT! Great collection, nice post.[/QU
Just seeing and visiting a few of these Adirondack wonders has been enough for me.
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I find spirituality in these secluded spots as well.
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Are you also keeping track of which ones have been removed or moved, such as Deer Brook?
Somewhat. Its not easy to keep track of, since it's not always announced to the general public. Sometimes, a lean-to is moved but it may only be moved about 20 feet from where it was (as in the case of Moose Pond Stream). I haven't decided if when a lean-to is moved a significant distance (as is the case with the Howard and Deer Brook lean-tos) if that means I need to stay at it again in order for it to still count towards the lean-to challenge. Probably not- since it's so hard to keep track of, and so many lean-tos are destined to be moved in the near future, since so many of them are right on either a body of water or hiking trail or both (Spruce Lake #2 is getting moved this spring).
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Somewhat. Its not easy to keep track of, since it's not always announced to the general public. Sometimes, a lean-to is moved but it may only be moved about 20 feet from where it was (as in the case of Moose Pond Stream). I haven't decided if when a lean-to is moved a significant distance (as is the case with the Howard and Deer Brook lean-tos) if that means I need to stay at it again in order for it to still count towards the lean-to challenge. Probably not- since it's so hard to keep track of, and so many lean-tos are destined to be moved in the near future, since so many of them are right on either a body of water or hiking trail or both (Spruce Lake #2 is getting moved this spring).
I think you should secure each site that has been moved all over again. But why have they moved the lean-to's. Is it that the lakes and ponds have receded?
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I think you should secure each site that has been moved all over again. But why have they moved the lean-to's. Is it that the lakes and ponds have receded?
No, they are actually moving the lean-tos away from water bodies, not closer. The problem is that riparian zones (shoreline along lakes, ponds, streams, rivers, wetlands, etc) are extremely fragile, and very susceptible to negative impacts from hikers and campers. Many of the lean-tos were constructed prior to when land managers understood just how much of an adverse impact shoreline camping can have upon the ecosystem.

Now that we know better, the DEC has been working to move many the lean-tos located right on bodies of water further back to better protect those water bodies- especially those lean-tos that are "high use" lean-tos, and already have an unacceptable level of impact within the riparian zone.
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Old 04-21-2012, 03:53 PM   #20
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Thanks for the great collection of photos. Have you been to the Queer Lake lean-to? That is my favorite of the few I have visited.
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