This past weekend, Leesa and I spent Sunday working on our adopted leanto, the Herbert Brook Leanto in Flowed Lands, High Peaks Wilderness, Adirondack Park. For background on our adoption, see this post from April.
It's a good feeling to give something back... in this case to the Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK). Our goal was to stain the leanto. We left the Upper Works trail head at 8 AM carrying 4 gallons of stain, brushes, oakum. a saw, garbage bags, some small tools, rags etc.
We chose Sunday, partly because of the weather, and partly because there would be less people in need of a shelter on a Sunday night. The weather was absolutely perfect.
|A beforehand look|
We arrived at the site at about 10:30. The first item of business was to cut down a small Hemlock that was jammed into the right side of the leanto. I also reattached a board to the cover of the "thunderbox" outhouse. The screws had pulled out and the board was laying on the ground adjacent to the box.
Before beginning on the staining, we added oakum, where needed between the logs, to improve the "weathertightness" of the walls. We started on the staining at 11 AM. I quickly realized that this would take longer than I thought.
One of the issues was how to keep our dog Rev entertained while we were working. We found that we pretty much had to take turns walking her while the other one stained. She just wouldn't lay down and take a nap. There was too much excitement about being in a different place.
For the staining, we were using 3" brushes. 5" Brushes might have helped us do the job a little faster. Brushing stain on logs is slower than staining smooth siding due to the irregularities in the logs. We did the inside first so the floor could start drying. We did the whole inside except the underside of the cedar shake roof before we moved on to the exterior of the structure.
It was 6 PM before our job was done. Just before we finished, we had a visit from Ranger Shawn from the Lake Colden Interior Outpost. He thanked us for the good work we've been doing on the leanto. When we were done working we had no time to relax afterwards. We still had our 5.3 mile walk back to the car. We quickly packed the empty cans and our equipment and headed out, arriving back at the car just as darkness was setting in.
It was a good days work, but we were beat. Staining a leanto is tough work!