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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.
Frew Saddle Bivouac, two bunk bivvy built for NZ Forest Service deer cullers
Associated with the 1966-67 Freedom Walks on Milford Track
Broome Hut In Summer - D Maddox photo
Tarn Ridge Hut, 16 bunk replacement high mountain built by DOC
Sutherlands Hut, built 1860's - a former boundary keepers hut
Waipakihi Hut, Lockwood style architecture, NZ Forest Service
Red Hut, built by Rodolf Wigley, tourism pioneer and entrepreneur, c. 1916
Blue Range Hut built by Masterton Tramping Club in 1958
Dolent Hut, Swiss Alpine Club. Photo courtesy Marcon Volken.
Ivory Lake Hut, a science hut constructed to support a team of glaciologists and hydrologists studying this retreating glacier.
Sutherlands Hut, interior
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Archive | News

Back Country Hut Company

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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“Vermont Huts Association” Launched!

Vermont Huts Association Launched! by Sam Demas, October 10, 2016 Vermont is now the second state in the USA to establish an association of hut owners.  The mission of the Vermont Huts Association is: “To enhance the backcountry experience in Vermont by connecting the year-round recreation community with the evolving network of hut, cabin, yurt and […]

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Adirondack Hamlets to Huts: coming soon….

Adirondack Hamlets to Huts: a new hut system By Sam Demas, August 2016 A new hut system, Adirondack Hamlets to Huts, appears to be coming together quickly.  In 2015 the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) contacted Joe Dadey and Jack Drury to request that they propose and help to “fast-track” the implementation of a hut system in the […]

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Sharing the Path of Abraham

Sharing the Path of Abraham  Can retracing the path of one of the world’s most revered prophets help sow the seeds of peace and economic prosperity for communities in the Middle East? This is the question that Harvard professor William Ury sought to answer when, in 2004, he established the Abraham Path Initiative. Abraham was […]

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NYT Opinion Piece: Right to Roam in USA?

In the April 23, 2016 New York Times Ken Ilguna makes a case for implementing “Right to Roam” laws in USA similar to those in England, Sweden, and other European nations.  Along the way he provides some useful comparative perspective on how different nations handle right to roam.  In the end he acknowledges that right to […]

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A Festival of Walking Art & Ideas at Carleton

Prof. John Schott of Cinema and Media Studies at Carleton College has organized an interdisciplinary celebration of walking and walking art called “WALK! A Festival of Walking, Art and Ideas”.  This Walking Festival, features art and media projects, wide-ranging lectures, and many public walking events.   Carleton is my community and I’m able to participate in many […]

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News: Great New Yorker article about Via Alpina and the hut-to-hut experience

Poet, writer and walker James Lasdun has published a wonderful exploration of the delights and challenges of the famous Via Alpina, and the experience of walking hut-to-hut.  Published in the April 11, 2016 issue of the New Yorker magazine, this is a delightful and serious essay on the Via Alpina, a trail that wends its way through […]

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Grand Huts Association: $100,000 expansion grant

Congratulations!  According to an article in the SkyHiDaily News,  a major grant from private donors will help fund the second hut in The Grand Huts Association. Their first hut (the Broome Hut pictured here), which took 15 years to get permitted and built, was completed in 2012 at a cost of $400,000.  Located in a […]

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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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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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News: Oregon Bike-Hut Trail Planning

Oregon Bike Trail and Hut System in Planning Stages Travel Oregon is in the conceptual stage of planning a hut-to-hut single track biking system that they hope will eventually go from the Oregon/California border to the Oregon/Washington border. The initial planning involves coordination with the US Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, and the International Mountain […]

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HutNews October 2015

(Alaska Huts Logo above, used with permission) INCREASES IN HUT USE REPORTED Informal reports from the Appalachian Mountain Club Huts, 10th Mountain Division Huts, and San Juan Hut Systems indicate that demand for their services is strong and usage continues to increase.  AMC and 10MD report occupancy rates are up approximately 4%-5% over last year. […]

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“Hiking Trails in America: Pathways to Prosperity” AHS report June 2015

The American Hiking Society has issued a valuable overview report on the status and future of our hiking trails.  Here is the description from their web site: American Hiking Society is pleased to announce it’s publication of Hiking Trails in America: Pathways to Prosperity, a report that answers the need for a one-stop source for readily […]

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