Shelter or Tent?


Appalachian Trail shelters and tents

Most hiking trails don’t provide shelters. The Appalachian Trail and The Long Trail (Vermont) have many shelters.Hiking and tenting on long-distance trails

They are convenient, but a tent, especially for sleeping, has advantages.

        Privacy – You aren’t a stuffed sardine when it gets crowded.

        Warmth – A tent with a rainfly is warmer than an open shelter.

        Better Sleep – You are not poked, or kicked, or outsnored.

        No Mice – Those critters can drive you nuts!

So why choose a shelter to sleep in? 

        Convenience – Less hassle. No need to unpack and set up a tent; no need to dismantle and re-pack the tent in the morning, possibly in the rain.

        Clothesline – Many shelters have them already. Easy to rig up, or simply hang garments from nails and hooks provided. Clothes are protected from outside weather.

        Ease – Can sit and lean against a wall to read, journal, contemplate (I’m sore, I’m tired, I wish I had a pizza and beer.)


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