Thursday, January 05, 2012

Cooperation Renovating Shelters in Smokies

The Seymour Herald from Seymour, Tennessee has a recent (3 January 2012) article titled "Smokies Partners Renovate Shelter."

It gives some wonderful details about the recently-completed project of renovating the 15 backcountry shelters in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Including:

"Joint efforts of labor and funding from Friends of the Smokies, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, and the Smoky Mountains Hiking Club improved cooking and sleeping quarters for campers, while also reducing potential problems with black bears."

"Architect Philip Royer of Knoxville, also a member of the Appalachian Trail Maintainers Committee, drew the basic blueprint for every shelter rehab project, incorporating improved natural lighting, a cooking area to separate food odors from the sleeping space, improved bunk access, new roofs and masonry repair, the removal of chain-link fences, and drainage improvements."

Will hikers of the future have any idea of just what "the removal of chain-link fences" means?

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