From August 25 – 29, 2010 my wife and I took a canoe trip up the Oswegatchie River in Adirondacks of northwestern NY to the Five Ponds Wilderness Area. We brought our CCS Lean-to 2 on the trip which I had recently purchased. The tent performed beautifully during the on and off rain and kept the mosquitoes and horse flies at bay. We really appreciated the large amount of room inside, ability to almost stand up and being able to cook breakfast one morning during a shower. I’m especially glad I selected yellow (wife’s idea). On the two gloomy days being inside was almost bright and cheery. Also, at night, you could see the moon through the tent which I thought was pretty cool.
The Oswegatchie River is in one of the most remote areas of the Adirondacks. A trail off the river leads to the Five Ponds – an area of virgin timber in an region that was completely logged during the beginning of the last century. We took a side hike here and where amazed the giant trees, tiny brooks, incredible wild flowers and extensive beaver activity. A bull moose was recently seen in this area. The river is noted for being very windy and tannin-stained due to the conifers along the banks. There were many beaver dams to negotiate during our trip upstream but the high water made this easy.