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Roaring Stag Lodge II, originally built by a club, NZ Deerstalkers Association, over a period of four years.  Rebuilt by DOC in 2005.
Associated with the 1966-67 Freedom Walks on Milford Track
Dolent Hut, Swiss Alpine Club. Photo courtesy Marcon Volken.
Blue Range Hut built by Masterton Tramping Club in 1958
Broome Hut In Summer - D Maddox photo
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
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.
Tarn Ridge Hut, 16 bunk replacement high mountain built by DOC
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Archive | Future of huts

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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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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Alpine huts for Scotland? News of a possible pilot project…

Is Scotland missing out on a key mountain tourism niche? The Ramblers in Scotland think this may be true, and are proposing a pilot project to test this assumption. While the Scots have “Bothies” — unimproved  backpacker shelters — European-style huts are not part of the accommodations infrastructure for walkers in Scotland, Wales, England.  They […]

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Tent-to-tent as hut-to-hut in the N. Cascades National Park

Stehekin Outfitters has a unique business model: tent-to-tent hiking in a U.S. National Park.  This unique form of “hut-to-hut” seems like a great way to support hikers who want to go out for several days and don’t have the gear or experience to do full-on backpacking. This is the first tent-to-tent accommodations program I’ve encountered.  Is […]

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Outdoor Society argues for more huts in USA

Mathias Eichler, outdoors advocate and editor of the Outdoor Society blog, grew up in the foothills of the Alps.  He can’t understand why there are not more huts in USA, his beloved adopted land.  He is a great fan of our National Parks and advocate for recreational use of public land. {Featured image courtesy Mathias […]

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Hut-to-hut in the USA: situation and outlook

Hut to hut in the USA: situation and outlook by  Sam Demas and Wilson Josephson This is a preliminary overview of the 15 hut-to-hut systems in the USA.  There are a number of systems under development or expanding, and I’m hoping readers will tip me off to others that should be included.  Currently these 15 systems comprise 107 huts, yurts, and […]

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Hut-to-hut skiing: a tale of two Mt. Tahoma Huts

Featured Huts: A tale of two Mt Tahoma Huts by Sam Demas Two very different huts captured my fancy on a recent hut trip, so I decided to feature both: High Hut, the first Mt. Tahoma Trail Association (MTTA) hut, and Bruni’s Snow Bowl, recently rebuilt after a fire.   These huts are MTTA’s oldest and […]

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More hut-to-hut hiking in USA? Part 2: Challenges

by Sam Demas Creating more opportunities for people to use huts to support long distance hiking, biking, skiing is a complex undertaking.  If not done well, the potential for doing environmental harm is as great as the potential for doing educational and recreational good. Part 1 of this article outlined the potential benefits. Part 2 […]

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Featured Hut: New Monte Rosa Hut, Swiss Alpine Club

by Sam Demas 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 […]

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How do huts operate? Lets find out: help us write “operational profiles”

A few people around the nation know a great deal about how hut systems operate.  But in the U.S. there is very little written about how hut systems are designed, built, and operated.  Almost nothing is known about the economics and demographics of hut systems.  And, other than the Colorado Hut and Yurt Alliance, there are no […]

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New model emerging in Adirondacks

Planning is underway for an integrated trails and lodging system in the nation’s largest park and largest state-level protected area .  The Adirondack Community-based Trails and Lodging System (ACTLS) has received a $220,000 grant from the New York State Department of State, with funds provided under Title 11 of the Environmental Protection Fund Act.  This grant will be matched […]

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