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Old 10-06-2020, 07:53 PM   #1
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Lean to shelfs

Coming off 6 straight nights in 6 different lean to's along with a lifetime of various lean to's being slept in, is it safe to say that the shelves in these shelters are actually the junk drawers of the Adirondacks?? A mix of books,batteries,bug spray,mouse chewed toilet paper, broken flashlights, 3/4 used jars of peanut butter, ect.ect.ect......
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Old 10-06-2020, 07:54 PM   #2
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They are really for the mice...
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Old 10-06-2020, 08:13 PM   #3
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When I built my lean-to, I built no shelves. They're supposed to be for packs.
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Old 10-06-2020, 10:28 PM   #4
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Yes. Shelves in lean-tos is a horrible, horrible idea. They inevitably collect food and trash. And the food quickly turns into trash once the local wildlife gets to it.
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Old 10-07-2020, 07:04 AM   #5
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Lean-tos are junk magnets in general. Itís pretty rare when you donít see any kind of something that was left behind at a lean-to.
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Old 10-07-2020, 08:00 AM   #6
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Perhaps I told this before, but I once visited a lean to - I believe it was Fish Pond North, but there was a mouse subsiding on a bar of Irish Spring living there. I was provided with at least an hour of entertainment watching it sneak out and steal a few bites of that soap, and then disappear back into a crack somewhere. He seemed to be living the good life. Not sure how good that soap was for his health, but at least the feces he left smelled good.
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Old 10-07-2020, 09:51 AM   #7
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Haven't used a lean-to in over 30 years...................got sick of mice running over the top of me in the sleeping bag.
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Old 10-07-2020, 11:03 AM   #8
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When I built my lean-to, I built no shelves. They're supposed to be for packs.
Some of the better designs replace the shelf with pegs. Hang all your stuff there when you're staying but they don't collect garbage, and thus attract mice...
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Old 10-07-2020, 05:59 PM   #9
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I hope they never remove the shelves from LT's. Like, where would I leave my batteries that still have a tiny bit of juice left - just in case someone else needs them? And where would I put those half-full cans of Chuckwagon stew that I charitably leave for someone who might be in dire need?
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Old 10-07-2020, 06:20 PM   #10
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The only thing of interest I routinely see on a lean-to shelf is a journal.

Most everything else seems to be garbage. Much of the time I can't figure out if the people who left it actually think another camper may find it useful or if they just wanted to jettison it from their pack.

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Old 10-07-2020, 07:02 PM   #11
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Sometimes folks will write in the journal, "we left 'xyz' in case someone needs it."

me: Just be honest, you don't want to carry it out so you are trying to justify it, no one wants your half eaten jar of peanut butter.
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Old 10-07-2020, 07:44 PM   #12
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Does anyone actually use anything left? I mean maybe a grate (but the greasy old pots and pans, wtf?). And it's not like a grate is all that heavy or hard to pack. I bring one that weighs like 6oz, and packs flat against my back in my pack. I've never once used a BC grate.

I can't see why people who carry in a jar of PB can't carry it back. I guess it's like when your SO leaves a gallon of milk in the fridge with one sip left in it...

"It wasn't EMPTY, so I didn't want to throw it out"
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Old 10-07-2020, 07:48 PM   #13
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I found an umbrella on a shelf last week???? I guess that's what kick started this in my mind. Who the hell brings an umbrella hiking???
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Old 10-07-2020, 07:48 PM   #14
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Sometimes folks will write in the journal, "we left 'xyz' in case someone needs it."

me: Just be honest, you don't want to carry it out so you are trying to justify it, no one wants your half eaten jar of peanut butter.
Same with the decaying tarps, tents, broken chairs, etc stashed under the lean-to.
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Old 10-07-2020, 08:00 PM   #15
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I have a feeling these types hang out on forums like this:

https://mysurvivalforum.com/

https://www.zombiehunters.org/forum/
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Old 10-07-2020, 08:52 PM   #16
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I found an umbrella on a shelf last week???? I guess that's what kick started this in my mind. Who the hell brings an umbrella hiking???

https://francistapon.com/Travels/Adv...th-an-Umbrella
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Old 10-07-2020, 10:31 PM   #17
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I found an umbrella on a shelf last week???? I guess that's what kick started this in my mind. Who the hell brings an umbrella hiking???
......the same woman I saw hiking out of Round Pond (EHP) carrying two pillows and a designer bag
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Old 10-08-2020, 06:11 AM   #18
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Does anyone actually use anything left?
In the late 90's five of us spent a weekend hunting out of a lean-to. One of the guys was a college buddy who was basically a big Boy Scout, and ex-Marine. He would eat anything. He packed out some canned goods that were left behind, which he considered a gift. We ate MRE's that entire weekend too, which my brother, who was in the Army at the time, brought along. My college friend took everything left over from the MRE's with him too.
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Old 10-08-2020, 07:13 AM   #19
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How about nails in lean-tos? I've been in a few that had them everywhere. It's one thing to have a couple on the outside walls, but when they are all over the rafters they become downright dangerous
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Old 10-08-2020, 07:51 AM   #20
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The nails are the worst. Gashed my hand good on one when I was a teen. Still have the scar.

Outside they tend to collect greasy pots and pans too. I pull them out if I have the means.
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