- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 hut2hut.info. But he is a long-time walker, a quick study, and excited to learn.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- That this is a non-profit, labor of love operating on a shoestring.
- That any mistakes, misjudgments, and tardiness in this work are entirely Sam’s responsibility.
–Sam Demas, Editor, h2h