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Red Hut, built by Rodolf Wigley, tourism pioneer and entrepreneur, c. 1916
Associated with the 1966-67 Freedom Walks on Milford Track
Asbestos Hut, mining hut, 1914, for 36 years the home of two lovers who exiled themselves here to escape unhappy marriages.
Dolent Hut, Swiss Alpine Club. Photo courtesy Marcon Volken.
Sutherlands Hut, built 1860's - a former boundary keepers hut
Frew Saddle Bivouac, two bunk bivvy built for NZ Forest Service deer cullers
Sutherlands Hut, interior
Blue Range Hut built by Masterton Tramping Club in 1958
Ivory Lake Hut, a science hut constructed to support a team of glaciologists and hydrologists studying this retreating glacier.
Tarn Ridge Hut, 16 bunk replacement high mountain built by DOC
Roaring Stag Lodge II, originally built by a club, NZ Deerstalkers Association, over a period of four years.  Rebuilt by DOC in 2005.
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Archive | Trip reports

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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Yosemite Camper Cabins

Yosemite High Sierra Camps Trip Report

                           YOSEMITE HIGH SIERRA CAMPS — AUGUST 2016 By Rachael Swift I recently completed a 6 day, 5 night ranger-guided group hut-to-hut hike to four of the Yosemite High Sierra Camps.  I was accompanied by my husband Bill and our 23 year old son Tom. We started at Tuolumne Meadows Lodge and from there hiked to […]

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Derrynane National Park and Bay Photo by Peter Craine, via Wikimedia Commons

Trip Report: Kerry Way, Ireland

Trip Report: Kerry Way May 2016 Overview: The Kerry Way affords beautiful coastal views, passes through upland moors and bucolic agricultural areas, and passes under Ireland’s highest mountain and one if its most spectacular mountains ranges, the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks. The full Kerry Way is 130 miles long, beginning at Killarney and proceeding inland towards Glenbeigh, after […]

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'Crag' on St. Oswald's Way

Pilgrim Path to the Holy Isle of Lindisfarne

by Amanda Wagstaff, Hut2Hut Pilgrimage Editor My pilgrimage to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne began on a RyanAir flight from Dublin to Edinburgh. I was seated next to a woman and her toddler, Molly. Molly was a very active little girl – standing in mummy’s lap, singing, and doing choreographed dances… Mum was very patient and […]

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© Amanda Wagstaff 2016

Tóchar Phádraig: Pilgrim Path in Co. Mayo, Ireland

by Amanda Wagstaff, Hut2Hut Pilgrimage Editor I left Dublin early in the morning for Castlebar. I was going to walk the Tóchar Phádraig, or St. Patrick’s Causeway, the pilgrim walk from Ballintubber Abbey to the holy mountain of Croagh Patrick. The bus ride through the midlands of Ireland was beautiful, cloudy with instances of sun, […]

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Burren Way Trip Report

Burren Way Trip Report By Sam Demas Overview: As part of my research for a “Country Study” of long distance walking in Ireland, I walked much of this 132km classic Irish National Long Distance Waymarked Way through the sublime Burren landscape.  While this walk is 73% on little-used roads due to access rights limitations, it […]

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Jamal and Laurel

Trip Report: Lower Atlas Mountains through Berber Villages

Submitted by Laurel Bradley, December 2015; Photo above is of our guide Jamal and the author. Taking advantage of cheap international flights from my 2015-16 homebase of Dublin, Ireland, my husband and I travelled to Morocco for the 2015 Christmas season. Avid hikers, we sought access to mountains near Marrakech, our debarkation point. We found the […]

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Trip Report: Wicklow Way, Ireland

article and photos by Amanda Wren Wagstaff, Fulbright Scholar in Ireland 2015-16 The Wicklow Way, Co. Wicklow, Ireland: This was a two day trip over a small portion of the Wicklow Way, specifically Oldbridge to Glendalough to Glenmalure. A map of the entire 127km trail can be found here: This website also offers useful […]

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Part of the spectacular view between Blue Lake Hut and Ridgway Hut, worth taking the spur!

Trip Report: Hut to Hut Hiking in the San Juan Huts

Where: San Juan Huts, Ridgway, Colorado, Hiked the Sneffels Traverse in late August, from Last Dollar Hut to Silverton, staying in four huts. Amenities: The huts are basic, but comfortable. They have good cooking facilities, wood stove (which we didn’t need in August), nice areas for seating outside, and great outdoor settings. Trip description: […]

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Hut at Mont Megantic Park

Trip Report: Mont Megantic National Park, Quebec Canada

Huts of Mont Megantic National Park, Quebec  Date: 02.02.15—02.04.15 Submitted by: Rob Stenger, Hutmaster, Maine Huts and Trails Location: Mont Megantic National Park, Quebec Province, Canada Website: Names of Huts visited: La Voie Lactee, Col-des-Trois-Sommets, La Grande Ourse, La Petite Ourse, Pelerins, Le Mont-Saint-Joseph Facilities/Amenities: Huts consist of separate bunkrooms with vinyl mattresses and […]

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Stratton Brook Hut, Photo Courtesy John Orcutt

Trip Report: Maine Huts and Trails

Date: 01.09.15 – 01.11.15 Submitted by: Sam Demas Location: Maine Huts and Trails, Kingfield, Maine Website: Names of huts visited: Stratton Brook and Poplar Facilities/Amenities: Both huts have very comfortable, heated (to about 55 F) bunk rooms with 4 – 6 beds in a room. The ambience is warm, friendly and comfortable, just what […]

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