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Exploring the world of trails, huts and other shelter systems (e.g. inns, B&B's, hostels, cabins, yurts, tents, pods, tree houses, caves, etc.) supporting long distance walkers & skiers → how they operate around the world → honoring & learning from the people who start & operate them → building international community and conversation → towards a sustainable, environmentally sensitive outdoor accommodations & education infrastructure for USA → all in service to cultivating environmental education and a broad-based ethos of biophilia through immersive experiences in the natural world.

Frew Saddle Bivouac, two bunk bivvy built for NZ Forest Service deer cullers
Tarn Ridge Hut, 16 bunk replacement high mountain built by DOC
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
Sign of the Packhorse Hut, government built (1916) tourism and climbing hut, originally built as one of four backcountry teahouses.
Broome Hut In Summer - D Maddox photo
Dolent Hut, Swiss Alpine Club. Photo courtesy Marcon Volken.
Sutherlands Hut, built 1860's - a former boundary keepers hut
Blue Range Hut built by Masterton Tramping Club in 1958
Roaring Stag Lodge II, originally built by a club, NZ Deerstalkers Association, over a period of four years.  Rebuilt by DOC in 2005.
Asbestos Hut, mining hut, 1914, for 36 years the home of two lovers who exiled themselves here to escape unhappy marriages.
Associated with the 1966-67 Freedom Walks on Milford Track
Sutherlands Hut, interior
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New Huts USA: planned or under construction

New Huts USA, planned or under construction, are listed in the order in which hears about them (latest first).  Please let us know about new huts USA!

  • The Vermont Huts Association was established in August 2016 with the mission: “To enhance the backcountry experience in Vermont by connecting the year-round recreation community with the evolving network of hut, cabin, yurt and lodge operators.”
  • Grand Huts in Colorado have received a $100,000 grant to help fund the construction of a new hut, the second in a hut system projected to grow to up to seven huts.
  • Summit Huts Association (CO) has received a permit to add a fifth hut to its system.
  • Alaska Mountain and Wilderness Huts Association has hired its first full-time staff person, Tom Callahan, and plans to add 3 new huts to its system, which currently consists of one hut.  The plan to launch a capital campaign in 2016.
  • Spearhead Huts System, a joint project of the Alpine Club of Canada and British Columbia, has been in the planning process for a traverse comprised of three huts near Whistler, B.C. Their 2012 project proposal gives a good overview of plans at that time. Updates on the planning process are available on their website.
  • The Columbia River “Towns to Trails Initiative” is a project of the Friends of the  Columbia River Gorge Friends.  From their website: “Gorge Towns to Trails is a vision for a comprehensive trail system wrapping around the Columbia Gorge, linking communities with recreation, benefiting tourism, and highlighting and enhancing the beauty and wonder of the Columbia Gorge. ”  They appear to be in the very early stages of planning
  • [Appalachian Mountain Club (NH) has officially withdrawn a proposal to add a ninth hut to its system in the Presidential Range of the White Mountains.]
  • Maine Huts and Trails has completed 4 of its planned huts.  Plans for continued expansion are not yet set.
  • Adirondack Community-based Trails and Lodging System (ACLTS) is in the early stages of planning a system based on linking existing trails and supplementing existing lodging options to created a series of hut and trail systems in the Adirondack Park.  This will hut system will be called Adirondacks “Hamlets to Huts”.
  • Tenth Mountain Division Huts is fundraising for a c. $600,000 “Base of Operations” located on 4.2 acres of donated land in Leadville.   The facility will include three buildings (vehicle and equipment storage, toolshed, and short-term housing for up to 4 people), and an area to process firewood.
  • Planning for a hut system by the American Prairie Reserve in Montana appears to be in the conceptual stage. Their website has conceptual map and designs, and states that: “American Prairie Reserve Hut-to-Hut System will offer a level of affordability, a sense of security, and shelter from the elements that appeal to a wide range of visitors, including families, well-traveled adventurers, seniors, youth programs, and less experienced campers.”