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16 thoughts on “Scotts Shelter

  1. this shelter is atrocious during rain. It gives the false impression of shelter from the rain but in reality the entire roof leaks. I woke up to find that my down sleeping bag, which I can’t afford to get wet was covered in water. Nice to see that the camping fees are going towards the badly needed maintenance… not!

  2. Kodiak

    Sorry to hear about your soaking.

    We will look into it.

    Was the water coming through the roof or between the roof and the walls?

  3. hey Julian,

    Anger not directed at Friends of the Heysen but at DEH as I know they are the ones who are supposed to be responsible for this trail. Seems they are happy to take the money but not fulfil their obligations.

    From what I could understand of the situation the water was seeping through the roof where the roofing sheets overlap. It then trickled down onto the rafters where it collected in large droplets and every minute or so the droplets would all fall and soak anything under the rafters. The only safe spot was on the floor underneath the bunks. Everywhere else was affected. I could see moisture on the entire surface of the roofing sheets.

  4. Kodiak,

    It sounds like a design problem, which is probably DEH’s responsibility.

    Interestingly, the money you pay I think goes to Forestry SA, not DEH and certainly not the Friends.

    Nevertheless, we are the maintainers and without your input, we would not be aware of the problem.

    It has been logged and a couple of our manic maintainers will deal with it.


  5. Visited this one in May 2010 with some Angle Vale Scouts/Venturers, nice convenient shelter – appears to have had a wall added in front since the photos on the site here. We had no problems with water/condensation, but previous campers had logged this in the book there. We only left gear in the shelter and used tents, but our gear stayed safe. Thanks to those who volunteer their time to maintain this and other facilities :-) matthew

  6. Matthew,

    You are correct, since the previous correspondence on the forum, a wall has been built to try and stop wind eddies etc which we found caused some of the problems

  7. Thanks Julian, we found it a great stopover. Amazingly huge colonies of ladybugs like it too 😉

    Any idea when the new map books are going to be out?



  8. Matthew,

    Delighted you liked it. I think is much better since the screen was installed.

    New Guide books-if I knew I could be a rich man! They were a couple of weeks away last November!!

    Supposedly a couple of weeks away-TRUE


  9. Visited Scotts on an overnight hike on Friday.

    Facilities are good and there is currently plenty of water in the tank. The overflow pipe from the tank is missing past the elbow at the top of the tank. You can see in this photo.

    Don’t know if that is intentional or not, but I imagine birds might enter the tank through the elbow..

    We didn’t stay in the shelter, instead we camped in the pines you can see in the background. The weather was cool with light breezes. In the morning there was mist running over the ridge from the east. I’m guessing this would be a common occurrence there.

    The result is that there was a lot of condensation on the underside of the roof which then runs down the joists and drips on the sleeping areas and floor. see photo 1, photo 2, photo 3 and photo 4.

    I doubt this is easily resolved but I suggest anyone sleeping in the shelter note the drip marks and protect their sleeping gear from the drips with a groundsheet or whatever to avoid waking up with a wet sleeping bag.

  10. Hi Photohiker,
    This is most useful information which I will pass on to the relevant Section Leader and the maintenance coordinator

  11. Just checking whether there is water at Scott’s. There is no mention of it, but photos do show a tank?

  12. Yes, there is water at this campsite. You care correct, there is a water tank.

  13. HI, has anyone done the trail in early summer? I know it is officially closed, but we have bikes and were thinking of doing one or two nights at these huts for something completely different. ps I am from WA, used to hiking and biking in the summer heat!

    • Certainly have done some mtn biking through the forests here in December. It’s warm, but cycling still works :-)
      The Heysen Trail is officially closed during the summer Fire Danger Season, however, sections through forest remain open (except on days of Total Fire Ban). So your plan sounds a go-er. The Heysen Trail huts are open to anyone, this would be a good one to camp at whilst mtn biking.

  14. I slept here night of 12/11/15. Warm day, cool night, very cold morning. I slept in back platform with my head under the left side platform. Stowed my gear on left hand tip platform, between joists.
    Lots of condensation when I woke up. Dripping off the joists. All my stuff was dry, but had I slept in any other spot I would have got wet. The whole ceiling had drops on it.
    So I guess the atmospheric conditions there are to blame. Maybe some sort if roof lining would help.
    This was a poorly maintained site. No broom, rubbish left. The plastic sheeting out front badly needs to be reattached. A shame. Plenty of water.

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