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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
Tarn Ridge Hut, 16 bunk replacement high mountain built by DOC
Broome Hut In Summer - D Maddox photo
Associated with the 1966-67 Freedom Walks on Milford Track
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.
Roaring Stag Lodge II, originally built by a club, NZ Deerstalkers Association, over a period of four years.  Rebuilt by DOC in 2005.
Frew Saddle Bivouac, two bunk bivvy built for NZ Forest Service deer cullers
Sutherlands Hut, built 1860's - a former boundary keepers hut
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
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Sean Byrne: Wicklow Way farmer, host, & advocate

The Byrne family has farmed in the Wicklow hills, along the Wicklow Way, for five generations. As a teen Sean helped out just down the road at a guest-house catering to hunters and fishermen on the beautiful Lough Dan. He also worked for his neighbors, the Guinness family, on their estate on the sublime Lough […]

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How the Methow Valley became a lodging and trails hub

How the Methow Valley become a world-class lodging and trails hub By Sam Demas With fabulous ski terrain and a great climate, Winthrop, WA on the east slope of the North Cascades, became a mecca for winter sports enthusiasts in the 1970’s.   Attracted by the consistent snow cover, great climate, and stunning natural beauty, young people […]

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“Wilderness 2.0: what does wilderness mean to the Millenials?”

Authors Kim Smith and Matt Kirby published the results of their investigation of what the concept of wilderness means to people born after 1980.  They were interested to learn how factors such as anthropogenic climate change and a decline in exposure to the outdoors may have changed the meaning of wilderness for 21st century Americans.  They […]

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