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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.

Waipakihi Hut, Lockwood style architecture, NZ Forest Service
Blue Range Hut built by Masterton Tramping Club in 1958
Asbestos Hut, mining hut, 1914, for 36 years the home of two lovers who exiled themselves here to escape unhappy marriages.
Sutherlands Hut, built 1860's - a former boundary keepers hut
Dolent Hut, Swiss Alpine Club. Photo courtesy Marcon Volken.
Sign of the Packhorse Hut, government built (1916) tourism and climbing hut, originally built as one of four backcountry teahouses.
Frew Saddle Bivouac, two bunk bivvy built for NZ Forest Service deer cullers
Ivory Lake Hut, a science hut constructed to support a team of glaciologists and hydrologists studying this retreating glacier.
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.
Associated with the 1966-67 Freedom Walks on Milford Track
Broome Hut In Summer - D Maddox photo
Tarn Ridge Hut, 16 bunk replacement high mountain built by DOC
Red Hut, built by Rodolf Wigley, tourism pioneer and entrepreneur, c. 1916
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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: http://www.mainehuts.org 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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Book review: “Walking Distance” by Robert and Martha Manning

Walking Distance: Extraordinary Hikes for Ordinary People, by Robert and Martha Manning, Oregon State University Press, 2013 The message of this beautiful, intelligent, and highly readable book is: long distance walking is within the walking distance of ordinary folks.  Walking Distance makes the unique and primeval pleasures of long distance walking seem accessible to the […]

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New model emerging in Adirondacks

Planning is underway for an integrated trails and lodging system in the nation’s largest park and largest state-level protected area .  The Adirondack Community-based Trails and Lodging System (ACTLS) has received a $220,000 grant from the New York State Department of State, with funds provided under Title 11 of the Environmental Protection Fund Act.  This grant will be matched […]

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North Country Trail Route Adjustments – support requested

Two proposed adjustments to the route of the North Country Trail (NCT) would: 1. utilize more than 400 miles of existing trails in Minnesota (including the Superior Hiking Trail, the Border Route Trail,  and the Kekekabic Trail), and 2. extend the trail about 40 miles east of its present terminus to link to the Appalachian Trail in Vermont. The National […]

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Book review: “Bold Spirit: Helga Estby’s Forgotten Walk Across Victorian America”

In an attempt to prevent foreclosure on the family farm, Helga Estby and her daughter Clara, ages 36 and 18, walked from Spokane, WA to New York City in 1896. They walked over 3,500 miles in 7 months and 18 days. Taking into account stops “aggregating about two months” to work and to recover from […]

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