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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
Broome Hut In Summer - D Maddox photo
Frew Saddle Bivouac, two bunk bivvy built for NZ Forest Service deer cullers
Blue Range Hut built by Masterton Tramping Club in 1958
Sutherlands Hut, built 1860's - a former boundary keepers hut
Ivory Lake Hut, a science hut constructed to support a team of glaciologists and hydrologists studying this retreating glacier.
Dolent Hut, Swiss Alpine Club. Photo courtesy Marcon Volken.
Asbestos Hut, mining hut, 1914, for 36 years the home of two lovers who exiled themselves here to escape unhappy marriages.
Sign of the Packhorse Hut, government built (1916) tourism and climbing hut, originally built as one of four backcountry teahouses.
Red Hut, built by Rodolf Wigley, tourism pioneer and entrepreneur, c. 1916
Waipakihi Hut, Lockwood style architecture, NZ Forest Service
Tarn Ridge Hut, 16 bunk replacement high mountain built by DOC
Roaring Stag Lodge II, originally built by a club, NZ Deerstalkers Association, over a period of four years.  Rebuilt by DOC in 2005.
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  • With gratitude:

  1. This work is dedicated to:
    • Kindly Charlie Hardy, who introduced me to the AMC huts in my youth;
    • Intrepid Annie and our 49 day walk among the mountains and huts of Europe; and
    • Laughing Laurel, my partner and muse in walks long and short, near and far, and for years to come.
  2. For the generous support from many people in getting this site going.  In particular, I am grateful for the wise counsel of Paul Cunha, Ben Dodge, John Orcutt, Rob Stenger, the amazing staff of the Green Mountain Club, and many others in the hut community.
  3. For the kindness of many writers, librarians and archivists, colleagues, and wise professionals in diverse fields: for writing for us; for freely sharing their photographs, perspectives, and expertise; for believing in the idea of researching huts; and for contributing to this site before it even existed!
  4. For Dean Nagel and Carleton College for a Sloan Retirement Transitions Grant that allowed me to hire two student research assistants, Adam and Eliza, whose good work has made it possible to get this site up and running.
  5. For Kera Ling’s creative work on the logo design: the young Refugia — goddess of huts and inspiration of hut-to-hut travel — who will keep on truckin’ with the site as it  grows and develops.
  • With humility:

  1. That the site editor, Sam Demas, has never worked in a hut system, is new to the field, and does not have any professional standing in the arenas of huts, trails, parks and recreation, and other topics covered in  But he is a long-time walker, a quick study, and excited to learn.
  2. That Sam is a walker, and not a biker and skier of any great knowledge and experience.  Help will be needed to ensure appropriate balance in coverage.
  3. That Sam doesn’t read or speak the major languages in which the literature on huts is published: French, German, and Italian.  He will need to rely on others for help with translation and reporting on non-English publishing.
  4. That the site is woefully limited in its geographic coverage at its outset, and that it will take a few years to represent a truly national, much less international, perspective.
  5. That there is a much larger story to be told about huts and trails than Sam can tell alone.  It will take input from many people to make this site genuinely useful, especially to those in the hut community and associated fields.
  6. That this is a non-profit, labor of love operating on a shoestring.
  7. That any mistakes, misjudgments, and tardiness in this work are entirely Sam’s responsibility.

–Sam Demas, Editor, h2h