Shelters Versus Tents On The Appalachian Trail.

...to sleep per chance to dream. (Saved in drafts till hiking adventures called to me!)
  1. Shelters are roughly 8-10 miles apart on the Appalachian Trail.
    Usually 3 sided, facing a fire pit and including a picnic table.
  2. Hikers gather at shelters after a long day of hiking.
    If the weather is cold and/or wet, you can bet there will be more of a crowd.
  3. There are pros and cons when it comes to spending time in an Appalachian Trail shelter ( or hut).
    If you have a tent at least you have some choice in the matter.⛺️
  4. Pro: When you rely on using shelters the pay off is less weight in your pack.
    Typically, a tent, hammock or tarp will add some pounds to your pack. Not dragging extra equipment will make you a happy hiker!
  5. Con: Cramped quarters can be uncomfortable and offensive.
    If you don't mind snoring, farting and generally stinky people and their backpacks all over the place, shelters are ok....also, depends on how bad the weather might be. ⛈⚡️🌨☔️
  6. Con: Shelters attract animals.🐿🐻
    Mouse turds are not optional. Can you say "Hanta Virus"? Mice like hikers food bags. Plus, they poop every where- in fact, they are literally pooping machines, pooping as they run.🐭
  7. Pro: If you are lucky there is a resident snake to keep the mouse population down. 🐍
    Of course, that could be a whole 'nuther issue....see below.
  8. Pro: Tents are nice because you can zip yourself in and not be joined by mice and snakes.
    🐜🕷🐛or insects....