Appalachian Trail Stories - Fact or Fiction #2

Top 10 Appalachian Trail Threat  - #9

Based upon my extensive reading I have determined that all Appalachian trail shelters are rat infested overcrowded 3 walled drug dens held together with hiker stank and mouse crap. If you stay in one you will sleep poorly have your pack destroyed by mice and not mind the airborne diseases because it is all better than being out in the rain.

And soon after mentioning all of these things nearly every book encourages you to stay in them for the companionship and bonding experiences.

Hmmm.. Rat crap in my lungs and fun conversation OR hammock camping wherever the hell I please. Is it in bad taste to join the shelter people for some chatter and the ditch them for my rodent free hanging home of warmth and love?