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Tarn Ridge Hut, 16 bunk replacement high mountain built by DOC
Sign of the Packhorse Hut, government built (1916) tourism and climbing hut, originally built as one of four backcountry teahouses.
Dolent Hut, Swiss Alpine Club. Photo courtesy Marcon Volken.
Waipakihi Hut, Lockwood style architecture, NZ Forest Service
Blue Range Hut built by Masterton Tramping Club in 1958
Broome Hut In Summer - D Maddox photo
Asbestos Hut, mining hut, 1914, for 36 years the home of two lovers who exiled themselves here to escape unhappy marriages.
Red Hut, built by Rodolf Wigley, tourism pioneer and entrepreneur, c. 1916
Sutherlands Hut, interior
Roaring Stag Lodge II, originally built by a club, NZ Deerstalkers Association, over a period of four years.  Rebuilt by DOC in 2005.
Ivory Lake Hut, a science hut constructed to support a team of glaciologists and hydrologists studying this retreating glacier.
Sutherlands Hut, built 1860's - a former boundary keepers hut
Associated with the 1966-67 Freedom Walks on Milford Track
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Huts & Trails: Programs at the International Trails Symposium

You can’t have huts without trails.  Surprisingly there is no communication at a national level in USA between the huts and trails communities.   Next month a conversation will begin at the International Trails Symposium (ITS). The ITS is a rich mix of hikers, operators of many of the major trail systems in the world, federal and state land […]

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Three Sisters Backcountry Huts: operational profile

OPERATIONAL PROFILE Three Sisters Backcountry (TSBC) Huts – Nordic Traverse Overview: (mission, purpose, programs, etc.) This operational profile is of Three Sisters Backcountry Hut’s 22 mile hut-to-hut Nordic Traverse, which was established in 2014.   They have another enterprise, Tam McArthur Rim Huts, comprised of two yurts that has offered guided backcountry skiing since 2009.  Both are […]

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Shelter from the Storm: The Story of New Zealand’s Backcountry Huts: book review, part two

Book review continued: Shelter From The Storm: The Story of New Zealand’s Backcountry Huts (Part two of a two part book review) 2012, Craig Potton Publishing, Nelson, NZ. Text and most photographs by Shaun Barnett, Rob Brown, and Geoff Spearpoint. For part one of this review click here.  Following are some fascinating themes and stories that […]

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Shelter from the Storm: The Story of New Zealand’s Backcountry Huts: book review, part 1

Book Review by Sam Demas: Shelter From The Storm: The Story of New Zealand’s Backcountry Huts (Part one of a two part book review) 2012, Craig Potton Publishing, Nelson, NZ. Text and most photographs by Shaun Barnett, Rob Brown, and Geoff Spearpoint. With a single highly-organized system of 1,000 backcountry huts New Zealand (NZ) — […]

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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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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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Mt. Tahoma — High Hut and MTTA Notes on History and Operations

High Hut Trail Guide Excerpts Notes kindly compiled by Leyton Jump, Manager of High Hut, Mt. Tahoma Trails Association OUR MISSION 2005 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 […]

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Mountain huts and yurts: Colorado Mechanical Survey Results

Note on Operations: By Mary Ann DeBoer, Spruce Hole Yurt Huts and yurts in Colorado and southern Wyoming offer everything from the luxurious to rustic in backcountry, off-the grid living.   A 2014 survey of 25 hut and yurt operators from the Colorado Hut and Yurt Alliance, highlights many creative solutions to the everyday problems of […]

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Leading Quality Trails – Best of Europe

  By Lis Nielsen, President European Ramblers Association (ERA-EWV-FERP) Walking is a very popular and growing pastime worldwide. Europe is no exception! All over Europe more and more people tie their bootlaces and set out during their holidays and leisure time to discover a variety of natural beauties on foot. Indeed, Europe offers thousands of kilometers […]

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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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Implementing online reservations at 10th Mtn. Division

By Ben Dodge, Executive Director, Tenth Mountain Division Hut System [Editors note: Many hut systems struggle with clunky online reservations systems.  Tenth Mountain Division Huts designed their own and have successfully upgraded it to handle online reservations.  Thanks to Ben for this first piece in a series of “Operational Notes” to share hut management practices and […]

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Welcome to hut2hut.info!

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 […]

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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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Colorado Hut and Yurt Alliance

Colorado is on a roll!  With about 130 huts and yurts statewide, the owners formed an alliance (the first of its kind in the USA) in 2014 to exchange information and explore common cause.  The alliance has developed a website and meets periodically to work towards increased visibility for the nation’s largest grouping of huts and […]

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