Reparing Puffer Shelter, 2021
Reparing Puffer Shelter, 2021

This shelter was constructed in 1975 by the Burlington Section’s “Rat Patrol,” with the assistance of over 100 Burlington area volunteers who carried the materials over Bolton Mountain to the site. The shelter replaces a log cabin which burned in 1974 and is named in memory of Louis B. Puffer, long active in many capacities with the GMC. It has bunk space for 6 to 8. A small stream to the west is an uncertain source of water in cry seasons. [GB 23rd Edition 1985] A tremendous response to an appeal by the Burlington Section to rebuild the Lodge resulted in its completion in about 24 hours. The big problem was carrying the precut materials 3 miles from the road head to the site. 125 people showed up at the Bolton Valley Corp. parking lot at 8 a.m. on June 14, 1975. Undeterred by flies, mud, humidity, and threat of thunderstorms, the volunteers carried everything to the site. By 2 p.m. the next day the job was done. [LTN, August 1975]