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Exploring the world of trails, huts and other shelter systems (e.g. inns, B&B's, hostels, cabins, yurts, tents, pods, tree houses, caves, etc.) supporting long distance walkers & skiers → how they operate around the world → honoring & learning from the people who start & operate them → building international community and conversation → towards a sustainable, environmentally sensitive outdoor accommodations & education infrastructure for USA → all in service to cultivating environmental education and a broad-based ethos of biophilia through immersive experiences in the natural world.

Sutherlands Hut, interior
Asbestos Hut, mining hut, 1914, for 36 years the home of two lovers who exiled themselves here to escape unhappy marriages.
Blue Range Hut built by Masterton Tramping Club in 1958
Sutherlands Hut, built 1860's - a former boundary keepers hut
Roaring Stag Lodge II, originally built by a club, NZ Deerstalkers Association, over a period of four years.  Rebuilt by DOC in 2005.
Sign of the Packhorse Hut, government built (1916) tourism and climbing hut, originally built as one of four backcountry teahouses.
Frew Saddle Bivouac, two bunk bivvy built for NZ Forest Service deer cullers
Broome Hut In Summer - D Maddox photo
Associated with the 1966-67 Freedom Walks on Milford Track
Ivory Lake Hut, a science hut constructed to support a team of glaciologists and hydrologists studying this retreating glacier.
Waipakihi Hut, Lockwood style architecture, NZ Forest Service
Red Hut, built by Rodolf Wigley, tourism pioneer and entrepreneur, c. 1916
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Shelter from the Storm

Shelter from the Storm: The Story of New Zealand’s Backcountry Huts: book review, part 1

Book Review by Sam Demas: Shelter From The Storm: The Story of New Zealand’s Backcountry Huts (Part one of a two part book review) 2012, Craig Potton Publishing, Nelson, NZ. Text and most photographs by Shaun Barnett, Rob Brown, and Geoff Spearpoint. With a single highly-organized system of 1,000 backcountry huts New Zealand (NZ) — […]

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huts trails

Huts & Trails: Programs at the International Trails Symposium

You can’t have huts without trails.  Surprisingly there is no communication at a national level in USA between the huts and trails communities.   Next month a conversation will begin at the International Trails Symposium (ITS). The ITS is a rich mix of hikers, operators of many of the major trail systems in the world, federal and state land […]

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Three Sisters Backcountry Huts: operational profile

OPERATIONAL PROFILE Three Sisters Backcountry (TSBC) Huts – Nordic Traverse Overview: (mission, purpose, programs, etc.) This operational profile is of Three Sisters Backcountry Hut’s 22 mile hut-to-hut Nordic Traverse, which was established in 2014.   They have another enterprise, Tam McArthur Rim Huts, comprised of two yurts that has offered guided backcountry skiing since 2009.  Both are […]

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New Zealand Huts

Shelter from the Storm – Introduction to a book about history of New Zealand Huts

Below is a reprint of the “Introduction” to the book:  Shelter From The Storm: The Story of New Zealand’s Backcountry Huts 2012, Craig Potton Publishing, Nelson, NZ. Text and most photographs by Shaun Barnett, Rob Brown, and Geoff Spearpoint. Embedded below is the 14 page, beautifully illustrated “Introduction”, by Shaun Barnett, to the remarkable book […]

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Shelter from the Storm: The Story of New Zealand’s Backcountry Huts: book review, part two

Book review continued: Shelter From The Storm: The Story of New Zealand’s Backcountry Huts (Part two of a two part book review) 2012, Craig Potton Publishing, Nelson, NZ. Text and most photographs by Shaun Barnett, Rob Brown, and Geoff Spearpoint. For part one of this review click here.  Following are some fascinating themes and stories that […]

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Three Sisters Backcountry Huts

Trip Report: Three Sisters Backcountry Hut-to-Hut Ski

Trip Report: Three Sisters Backcountry Nordic Traverse By Perrin Boyd [Apologies, the orientation & placement of some photos below is wonky and I just can’t figure out how to make them behave! Will work on it. – Sam] The Three Sisters Backcountry hut-to-hut ski traverse is a self-guided 22-mile trek from Dutchman Flat near Mt. Bachelor traveling […]

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forest and crag, huts and trails

AMC Huts & Unification of White Mountain Trails

See Introduction below.  The primary content of this post is this link to a reprint of Chapter 36 “Unification of the White Mountain trails” from the book Forest and Crag (AMC Books, 1989) by  Laura and Guy Waterman.  This chapter is reprinted with kind permission of Laura Waterman and AMC Books.  Forest and Crag is the Waterman’s magesterial history […]

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Back Country Hut Company

Backcountry Hut Company: Architectural Design & Business Model

Backcountry Hut Company: Architectural Design & Business Model by Sam Demas, October 12, 2016; All photos courtesy Backcountry Hut Company The Canadian company Backcountry Hut Company (BHC) has completed its design and has constructed a prototype for a pre-fabricated, modular hut system. The design is optimized for alpine and other outdoor clubs, lodge operators, and also […]

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Vermont Huts Association

“Vermont Huts Association” Launched!

Vermont Huts Association Launched! by Sam Demas, October 10, 2016 Vermont is now the second state in the USA to establish an association of hut owners.  The mission of the Vermont Huts Association is: “To enhance the backcountry experience in Vermont by connecting the year-round recreation community with the evolving network of hut, cabin, yurt and […]

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Yosemite Camper Cabins

Yosemite High Sierra Camps Trip Report

                           YOSEMITE HIGH SIERRA CAMPS — AUGUST 2016 By Rachael Swift I recently completed a 6 day, 5 night ranger-guided group hut-to-hut hike to four of the Yosemite High Sierra Camps.  I was accompanied by my husband Bill and our 23 year old son Tom. We started at Tuolumne Meadows Lodge and from there hiked to […]

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