Delucia recollects that as he organized increasingly difficult projects, he was pleased to see that "volunteers stepped up to lend a hand." He originally thought they'd be able to repair five lean-tos or maybe a few more in his lifetime; three-and-a-half years later, the group had worked on all 37 lean-tos in DEC's Region 6.
At that time, there were 155 lean-tos in the Adirondack Park.
As organizations like Lean2Rescue restore, rebuild and add more lean-tos to the Park, ADK's Adopt-a-Lean-to program will continue to expand.
If you are interested in learning more about lean-tos and how you can help restore, rebuild and maintain them, you can visit the following sites: www.adk.org/adk-adopt-lean-to-progra/ and www.lean2rescue.org/.
Authors' Note: Backcountiy lean-tos also provide shelter to hikers and backpackers in the Catskill Park.
For us, the lean-tos at Puffer Pond added a nice dimension to our trip, providing much needed shelter from a cold winter's night.
Log lean-tos have been a part of New York's wilderness landscape for many years.
Lean2Rescue is a group of campers, hikers, hunters, skiers, paddlers, and other outdoor enthusiasts who have restored, rehabilitated and rescued more than 30 lean-tos to date.
Contact your local DEC office (www.dec.ny.gov/abouti50230.html) to find out more about New York's lean-tos (including locations and rules for using).
"Any bear that will come into a lean-to
and drag a pack over you isn't going to be scared by you jumping up and saying, `Boo!' I saved your life by not waking you up."