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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.

Tarn Ridge Hut, 16 bunk replacement high mountain built by DOC
Blue Range Hut built by Masterton Tramping Club in 1958
Dolent Hut, Swiss Alpine Club. Photo courtesy Marcon Volken.
Frew Saddle Bivouac, two bunk bivvy built for NZ Forest Service deer cullers
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.
Associated with the 1966-67 Freedom Walks on Milford Track
Broome Hut In Summer - D Maddox photo
Red Hut, built by Rodolf Wigley, tourism pioneer and entrepreneur, c. 1916
Sutherlands Hut, built 1860's - a former boundary keepers hut
Waipakihi Hut, Lockwood style architecture, NZ Forest Service
Asbestos Hut, mining hut, 1914, for 36 years the home of two lovers who exiled themselves here to escape unhappy marriages.
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Derrynane National Park and Bay Photo by Peter Craine, via Wikimedia Commons

Kerry Way Case Study

Case Study: Kerry Way, Ireland July 2016 By Sam Demas with advice from Patricia Deane, Rural Recreation Officer Purpose, methodology, and notes These case studies are building blocks towards a broader “Country Study” examining long distance walking in Ireland. The intent of the case studies is to paint a picture of the most salient features […]

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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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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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Burren Way Case Study

Case Study: Burren Way, Ireland By Sam Demas, April 2016 Purpose, methodology, and notes These case studies are building blocks towards a broader “Country Study” examining long distance walking in Ireland. The intent of the case studies is to paint a picture of the most salient features of each walk and to delve somewhat into […]

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Kilmalkedar church, Dingle Peninsula, Co. Kerry, Ireland - one of the sites along The Saint's Road © Deborah Wagstaff 2016

Virtual Pilgrimage on the Saint’s Road, Co. Kerry

One of my favorite resources for information on Irish pilgrimages is Louise Nugent’s “Pilgrimage in Medieval Ireland.” Nugent is an archaeologist who specializes in medieval Irish history and culture, and she uses her blog to document her trips to pilgrim sites. One of her recent posts is about The Saint’s Road to Mount Brandon on the Dingle […]

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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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Wicklow Way Case Study

Case Study: Wicklow Way, Ireland by Sam Demas, January 2016   Purpose, methodology, and notes These case studies are building blocks towards a broader “Country Study” examining long distance walking in Ireland. The intent of the case studies is to paint a picture of the most salient features of each walk and to delve somewhat […]

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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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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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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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