Could You Camp Out At All 340 NYS Backcountry Shelters?
The State of New York Has the biggest National Park in the U.S. with the Adirondack State Park, but did you know that across the state wilderness are hundreds of backcountry shelters for public use?
That's right, between the Adirondack Park, the Catskill State Park and other forests and smaller state parks there are 340 backcountry shelters in place for use by recreational hikers and campers.
To use many of these shelters all you have to do is be the first one to arrive that day. Some shelters require registration with the State DEC, but most are first-come first-served.
One adventure seeker who uses the handle DSettahr on Reddit is attempting to spend at least one night in each shelter in New York State.
"NY State has more than 300 backcountry shelters for backpackers to camp at; more than any other state. I am trying to spend a night in every single one. Here is a photo album with pictures of more than 200 of them that I've collected along my travels."
DSettahr posted his story on Reddit with a photo album of every shelter he has stayed in so far along with some tips on staying in the shelters:
"These shelters are available to the public for camping on a first-come, first-serve basis. Shelters must be shared amongst different groups up to the capacity of the shelter, and it is prohibited to pitch tents inside of them. The maximum length of stay that is generally permitted is 3 nights. Backpackers are strongly advised to carry a tent or other type of shelter in case shelters are full. Note that some shelters have different/additional regulations- make sure to double check the regulations of any area before you visit. A couple of the shelters in this album are day use only (camping at them is not permitted). A few require a permit to camp at. Some of these pictures are dated- several shelters have been dismantled or moved since I visited and took a picture of them. Always double check on the current status of any shelter before planning to visit it for camping."
Take a look at his photo album of all the backcountry shelters he's camped at so far.
The shelters were first built over a hundred years ago by hunters, trappers and guides who traversed the wilderness of New York State, and many of them are carved with the names and dates of people who have camped at them. Some dates go as far back as the beginning of the 1900's.
Do you think you or anyone you know could complete all 340 stops?