Building Matt's shelter

Building Matt’s shelter

The shelter is a simple nine-by-twelve-foot structure with three closed walls built of hemlock board and batten siding. The screened-in front keeps the space almost bug-free. Inside are two sets of wood bunks, pegs for hanging packs, and a rustic shelf to hold a metal box protecting the journal. I imagine hikers who spend the night here writing comments such as “Great hike today. Mosquitoes biting and flies attacking, but the beauty of the woods is worth it.” Or, “Heard wolves howling after the rain last night, but we were safe and dry.”

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