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Old 10-13-2020, 09:40 AM   #41
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Old 10-13-2020, 09:07 PM   #42
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A question for DSettahr,
I have always been intrigued about using an umbrella. I visited the BLUNT site and it is obvious they have a quality product. They have many sizes varying from 37" to 58". Do you use your umbrella only around camp so you go small to save weight? Or do you also us it while dayhiking so you go larger to keep you and your daypack dry? What size has been working for you?
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Old 10-14-2020, 05:07 PM   #43
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I use mine whenever it helps: hiking, cooking, just hanging out. The weight has never bothered me because if it keeps anything dry, that's water weight not added on.
It can even mean packing less if I don't have to worry about having as much extra dry stuff to change into.
I've always had one that's 42'' across, big enough that if it's windy it's still effective, the small ones don't do that but are ok if it's totally calm. I considered rigging up a harness but ruled it out because there's always wind. They need to be tilted differently all the time as well so you do lose the use of a hand. Remember cradling the phone in your neck? That doesn't work.
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Old 10-14-2020, 06:26 PM   #44
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My favorite umbrella is a canoe, they really work well except for weighing 40 pounds. I've thought about carrying a regular umbrella but I think I would snag it on branches since my head sticks up too far. My canoe bumps into branches but it doesn't tear on them.
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Old 10-14-2020, 10:26 PM   #45
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Old 10-14-2020, 10:48 PM   #46
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Old 10-19-2020, 10:53 AM   #47
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I have to admit, this old dog learned a new trick here. We were coming out of Grassy Pond last summer and carrying day packs mainly to have raingear and first aid supplies as were not far from the road. We got hit by one of the sudden storms for which the mountains are famous, had enough time to get the pack off and the raincoat out and on, and not enough time for the rain pants. Even with the coat, ended up half soaked in the 1/2 mile to the trailhead. An umbrella could have been open before the first peel of thunder was finished, and I could have probably left the pack in the car. New compulsory trail gear! Thank you very much!
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Old 10-20-2020, 09:23 AM   #48
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I have the Blunt Metro, which is 37 inches across. Works well enough that I'm in no rush to replace it, but I do have to admit that if I was to purchase it again, I'd consider opting for the Blunt Coupe instead, which is 41 inches across. The Metro keeps your upper half decent dry enough, but if there's any wind you can still expect wet pants.

Can't speak enough about the solid construction of Metro umbrellas generally, though- they are definitely built to last.
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Old 10-23-2020, 10:20 AM   #49
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……Fish Hooks

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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......
I also spent several nights in lean-to’s on my recent NPT through hike. Stephen’s Pond was one of the nicest, except that after being there a while I noticed small fishhooks all over the floor. Luckily, I got them all cleaned up before any got into my dog, or my sleeping pad. Some genius had left an open plastic tray of them on the shelf and they had been tipped over by the mice, or the wind.

Oother hikers I met and many of the lean-to logbooks had stories about excessive rodent activity during the night, even at their tent sites. One advantage of having a good trail dog is that I experienced none of this during my trip. Although, the resident red squirrel at Stephen’s pond repeatedly voiced its disapproval at not being able to come down from the big pine and mooch.
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Old 10-24-2020, 12:36 PM   #50
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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???
My 51 yo son frequently carries an umbrella if there is a possibility of rain in the forecast. Laugh if you want, but there have been some occasions when I have borrowed his when in camp.
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Old 10-25-2020, 08:44 PM   #51
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Also, on a somewhat related note: Why does the ADK insist on continuing to use those marble composition books? Bound (sewn) books inevitably fall apart when campers rip pages out of the back of the book to start their fire- this causes the attached front pages to detach and fall out. Spiral notebooks would seem to be the preferred type of notebook for use as a log book, as the inevitable tearing of pages for kindling is less likely to affect those pages that have already been filled out.
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Old 10-26-2020, 06:03 AM   #52
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The leanto shelves are there for you to place your mouse traps.
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Old 10-26-2020, 07:23 AM   #53
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Also, on a somewhat related note: Why does the ADK insist on continuing to use those marble composition books? Bound (sewn) books inevitably fall apart when campers rip pages out of the back of the book to start their fire- this causes the attached front pages to detach and fall out. Spiral notebooks would seem to be the preferred type of notebook for use as a log book, as the inevitable tearing of pages for kindling is less likely to affect those pages that have already been filled out.
an adopter in the LGWF, constructed a nice box which he regulary stocks with newspaper to aid in firestarting and mitigate the use of the logbook as tinder. Though this requires a lot more than just two visits a year for most lean-tos.
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Old 10-26-2020, 08:04 AM   #54
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L2R just finished erecting a brand new leanto on Indian Lake (site #51) a week ago. The lead team coordinator insisted on installing two shelves. He likes them. Live with it.
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Old 10-26-2020, 10:31 AM   #55
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I've often used the shelves, but I always practice LNT and NEVER leave anything behind. Some of the LTs I stay in have have the shelves removed; adopter or DEC?
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Some of the LTs I stay in have have the shelves removed; adopter or DEC?[/QUOTE]

More likely firewood.
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Old 10-26-2020, 07:52 PM   #57
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More likely firewood.

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