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Watauga Lake Shelter bear pole - Seth Douthat
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member vhasler
N 36° 18.839 W 082° 07.764
17S E 398612 N 4019366
Quick Description: To secure food from bears, a pole was installed at this shelter on the Appalachian Trail in 2011.
Location: Tennessee, United States
Date Posted: 9/13/2014 10:07:25 AM
Waymark Code: WMMFHH
Published By: Groundspeak Charter Member The Leprechauns
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Long Description:
...the first food storage device on the TEHCC Appalachian Trail section. To protect hikers and wildlife, a bear resistant food pole was installed at Watauga Lake Shelter. The pole was constructed in two pieces by the US Forest Service. It was then modified, primered and painted. The pole was floated across the lake and carried to the shelter. After a hole was dug, it was assembled and concreted in the ground. The ground around the pole was leveled to allow easy access. To help hikers understand its use, the message “Beware of bears, Hang food” was stenciled on the pole.
Trail maintenance report for Tennessee Eastman Hiking & Canoeing Club.

The project was completed in March 2011. Three and half years later, it is still fully functional - although the shelter is currently temporarily closed through 2015... due to bear activity.

Reached by a couple of mile hike in from US-321 highway.

Name of Eagle Scout: Seth Douthat

Project Completion Date: 3/1/2011

Troop Number: BSA Troop 240

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