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    Slept here Saturday night. No mice or turds. Looks like the (years) aforementioned leaks in the ceiling have been fixed. Fire Ring and Picnic Table in good condition. Privy Okay.
    up over the hills, theres nothing to fear
    theres a pub across the way with whisky and beer
    its a lengthy journey on the way up to the top
    but it ain't so bad if you have a great big bottle o'scotch

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    Crashed here two nights ago. At about midnight "The Kidd" and I were woken up by a constant scraping sound. We looked down from the loft where we were laid out and saw a nice sized porcupine going to town on the floor. We noticed that the floor and bunks looked whittled and chipped, but were too tired to even care. In the morning, I noticed the privy had taken similar damage. We passed someone the day after who had said that the resident porcupine had been there for two+ years, but saw no mention of it in the register or on the forum here. If you stop and the shelter is empty, I suggest using the loft to avoid pissing off the resident or rolling over into 1000 quills in the gut.

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    There are a couple pictures of Tom Leonard in my gallery. Think I've only actually slept there once years back as I perfer going farther to North Wilcox or slething to the South. Always like the view from the tenting area.

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    Yup, we've been trying to discourage this guy and his progeny for years. We've sprayed the shelter with bitter apple, and put salt blocks in the woods away from the shelter. The rocky terrain is ideal for denning, and plenty of hiker sweat to provide a tasty midnight snack. I'd be a shame if he should have some sort of tragic accident...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Emperor Near-0 View Post
    Crashed here two nights ago. At about midnight "The Kidd" and I were woken up by a constant scraping sound. We looked down from the loft where we were laid out and saw a nice sized porcupine going to town on the floor. We noticed that the floor and bunks looked whittled and chipped, but were too tired to even care. In the morning, I noticed the privy had taken similar damage. We passed someone the day after who had said that the resident porcupine had been there for two+ years, but saw no mention of it in the register or on the forum here. If you stop and the shelter is empty, I suggest using the loft to avoid pissing off the resident or rolling over into 1000 quills in the gut.

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    Update, June 23rd, 2012. 5 Volunteers hauled a bear box into Leonard on the 23rd. Got help from a group of international students from Eisner Camp who were out for a training hike. Also shifted the privy to start the mouldering cycle on the full side of the crib and cleared the brush from the view from the tent platform. Register had two reports of a persistent bear at the site the week of June 16th.

    For photos and more: http://massatprojects2012.blogspot.com/.

    Cosmo

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    Very cool Cosmo. I thank all of you for keeping that area in great shape. One of my favorite times on the trail was taking a nero day at Tom Leonard a couple of years back, our morning consisted of lounging around at the tent platform and enjoying the view.
    "This sucks and I love it"

    The ground's under my boots and not over my head, so it's a good day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sarcasm the elf View Post
    Very cool Cosmo. I thank all of you for keeping that area in great shape. One of my favorite times on the trail was taking a nero day at Tom Leonard a couple of years back, our morning consisted of lounging around at the tent platform and enjoying the view.
    I'm not telling Sherrie about the Porky or the Bear!

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    Quote Originally Posted by coach lou View Post
    I'm not telling Sherrie about the Porky or the Bear!
    There is a baseball bat at the shelter, if Mr/Ms Porky got a sharp lesson it would do a world of good. I think the bear is a pretty rare visitor. The easy water source is pretty dried up at this point, follow the blue blazes past the privy (not as bad as it sounds) all the way down to some really great water.

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    A few years ago I found the easy water source dried up and hiked down the hill to the stream. One of the first things I bought when I got home was a platypus 4L water bag. Open top, two handles, and a screw on cap. weighs about 2 oz.

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    We'll be staying at the Tom Leonard shelter sometime this month. Thanks for making one aspect of our stop much, much easier!

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    Stayed there on July 1, 2012. The only water at that time was down the hill. Shelter was a bit smelly due to the animal repellent and floor board edges were well chewed up by porcupine. Otherwise, it was OK, but as mentioned earlier, mosquito netting is highly recommended and you will still be tormented by the constant buzzing. There is a new bear box there. Also, there is a tent platform right at the overlook and a very few good tent sites behind the rocks.

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    Stayed for a night yesterday. It rained at night but there were no leaks. Stream is about 50ft from the shelter, so getting water is not a problem. Overall, a great shelter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by clarosee View Post
    Stayed for a night yesterday. It rained at night but there were no leaks. Stream is about 50ft from the shelter, so getting water is not a problem. Overall, a great shelter.
    Note, the water 50ft from this shelter is NOT the best water available at this site. There is a blue blazed trail past the privy down hill steeply to the small stream coming out of the ice glen. This source is by far a better source. The source near the shelter is typically colored with tanic acid from the swamp that it comes from and will often go dry in mid summer.

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    take enough water containers for a few meals down the hill with you. it's a long walk.

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    How windy does it get on that tent platform? I'm not 100% confident in my tent (different story) and so I just want to gauge how gusty it'll be if I use the platform. Are there more sheltered platforms around the site?

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    I don't think wind would be an issue any more than any other tentsite--unless the wind was exactly in the wrong direction. The platform faces southish and is surrounded on three sides by trees. It's not at the top of the mountain. There are other tent sites near the shelter as well. The shelter is 50yds away if things get really ugly.

    Cosmo

    Quote Originally Posted by jeconiah View Post
    How windy does it get on that tent platform? I'm not 100% confident in my tent (different story) and so I just want to gauge how gusty it'll be if I use the platform. Are there more sheltered platforms around the site?

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