Bromley Shelter, 2013
Bromley Shelter, 2013

The Bromley Shelter project was first conceived in late 1999 as a replacement for the former Mad Tom Notch Shelter and as an alternative to the Bromley Tenting Area, which was too near the road and also directly on the banks of Bromley Brook. The last two years have been spent searching for a site, laying flag lines, and seeking approval from U.S. Forest Service planners and botanists. The design concept for the shelter itself was based on similar structures further south on the Appalachian Trail built and designed by the Nantahala Hiking Club. Marge Fish worked with Erik and Laurel Tobiason, veteran shelter builders, through the winter to draw plans for a post-and-beam shelter with a roof overhanging a cooking table and benches. Their design received final approval by the trail management committee in the spring of 2003. The shelter features a cooking and seating area protected from the elements, yet retains lean-to characteristics. In addition, the overnight site has three tent platforms and an accessible composting privy. [LT News, Winter 2003]