h2h’s modest mapping experiment starts with the USA, and then, with your help, will include Canada, Mexico, and Central & South America. We are mapping the hut systems only, i.e.:
huts (cabins, yurts and lodges) intentionally connected by trails and designed to be visited in a sequence over a period of days by walking, skiing, or biking .
We are not trying to map individual huts and shelters, climbers huts, and other stand-alone, unconnected facilities. We will explore coordinating efforts with some of the others who are mapping and listing huts.
Check out the map below and follow the map marker links to the web sites of hut systems. Submit a map marker for North or South American for the hut systems we haven’t marked yet.
FIRST PRIORITY FOR MAPPING:
Huts systems already mapped — Rather than duplicate the work of others, we will provide a marker and a link to existing web maps in our geographic scope, e.g. Colorado, and beyond, e.g. Norway & New Zealand.
Hut or Yurt System — Enclosed refuges connected by trail system, usually with some form of food (or cooking facilities) and lodging. Level of amenities varies greatly.
SECOND PRIORITY FOR MAPPING:
Shelter System — Often three sided shelters, for example shelters along the Appalachian Trail, but can be of various designs, for example those on the Long Trail in Vermont. Food and beds usually not provided; connected by a trail.
Huts, Lodges, Cabins, and Yurts — A wide range of structure and accommodation types which are not connected by a trail system. These are generally out of scope for us, but we will map a few that we think represent interesting types or trends we wish to follow.
These categories overlap somewhat and it can be tricky to accurately categorize a system. Markers give the approximate location of the huts or hut systems, or the location of the associated group’s headquarters.
Note: The map markers are not geographically precise. They are certainly no substitute for good maps or for navigational purposes. Consult the website included in the map marker for more precise details about number and location of huts, their amenities, reservations, etc.