Notes kindly compiled by Leyton Jump, Manager of High Hut, Mt. Tahoma Trails Association
The Mt. Tahoma Trails Association operates and manages for public use a year-round hut-to-hut trail system adjacent to the slopes of Mt. Rainier, offering trail users of differing skill levels and economic backgrounds a safe and inspirational backcountry experience. MTTA leadership maintains a functional working partnership with all stakeholders (MTTA members, trail users, volunteers, and our host land owners) based on mutual trust and honesty. Volunteers provide labor to achieve this mission.
First impressions of the Opus Pass Ultimate Ski Hut are vivid: its stunning perch and vast views on Ophir Pass, and the immediate sensation of being in the warm embrace of a cozy mountain hut in France or Switzerland. Check out the picture gallery to see for yourself!
This glittering, crystalline structure changes the aesthetic paradigm and technical concept of Alpine lodging. A technologically sophisticated building, the New Monte Rosa Hut sets a new standard for hut design and is an exemplar of design for self-sufficiency in remote places. It is located at an altitude of 2,883 meters, above the Gorner glacier and near the the Matterhorn and Dufourspitze, Switzerland’s highest peak. It is at least 90% self-sufficient in meeting its energy needs and is said to be 65% self-sufficient overall (alas, it cannot grow its own food!).
Review by Sam Demas; for pictures of Monte Rosa Hut, see photo gallery
Hut design is a prized architectural specialty in Switzerland, and this book is a prism through which to view this specialty — as well as to learn about the remarkable New Monte Rosa Hut. This beautifully produced book comprises 6 thoughtful introductory essays providing historical and architectural context for the project, 15 informative technical notes on key aspects of the project, many architectural drawings, and dozens of beautiful photographs. Published shortly after construction, it is a both a form of public documentation and a celebration of this remarkable design and construction project of ETH-Zurich, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. It was published in conjunction with a 2010 exhibition on the hut.
In response to several tragic deaths from exposure and subsequent concern for hiker safety, the the AMC started building huts and shelters in 1888 and celebrated the 125th anniversary it’s hut system in 2013. Carter Notch Hut, built in 1914, celebrated its Centennial last year.
After the first AMC hut, Madison Springs, proved popular with hikers, AMC member Harvey Newton Shepard, who had studied European hut systems, recommended:
….a few additional huts be constructed, with good paths thereto, so that uninteresting walk of three to seven days may be made without the encumbrance of the carrying of blankets or provisions…… this is the kind of public work in which the Club should engage.
h2h is a work in progress, but we’ve finally launched! The website is a call to community, information exchange, research, debate, and discussion. It will be successful to the extent readers join the conversation!
With 21 posts, articles and news items, this first “issue” of HutMag provides a sense of what we are about. We’ll continue to publish new content monthly for the next few years and see where it leads. Our other primary section is Operational Profiles.