Thursday, January 05, 2012

More on the Smoky Mountain Shelters

An article titled "Smokies’ partners renovate their final trail shelter in park" in the 4 January 2012 Smoky Mountain News describes the shelter upgrade project as a real team effort. Among the changes effected were the removal of the chain link fences, which I guess had not been in place long enough to be considered 'historic.'
"Old trail shelters used to have chain link fences around them to keep bears out of backpackers’ food. The renovations have removed the unattractive fencing from all the shelters, and instead installed bear cables, which are actually more effective at keeping bears out of food by hoisting it out of reach."

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