Ghost Menu

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.

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

Hut mapping and listing projects we have learned about (tell us about others!):

  1. – A remarkable compilation of three searchable databases of huts, peaks and trails.  Joachim Saffert’s list of huts, Jo’s Hüttenliste, is worldwide in scope.  Currently his database has over 49,000 entiries, corresponding to 27,270 huts (and 21,956  aliases).  These include many huts used by alpinists, as well as those used by walkers, skiers, and bikers.  Links to  the web pages are included.  Private cabins are not included.
  2. – An ambitious GIS mapping project by two climbers, Ethan Welty and Dylan Price.  They are utilizing satellite images, topo maps, and the web to compile a comprehensive map with pins you can click on to get basic information on a hut.  Still in early stages of development, Hutmap, looks like a promising approach to very precise location of huts, cabins, caves and other shelter options for climbers and others staying in the backcountry.
  3.  Remote Huts – From their website: “This site profiles 63 high-country huts and bivouacs located on the western side of New Zealand’s Southern Alps. Its aim is to promote their preservation and continued maintenance, and provide up-to-date hut, track and route information……The focus is on structures that are being minimally maintained by the Department of Conservation, or are maintain by community projects.”
  4. The Norwegian Trekking Association (DNT) – A coded map depicting the shelters (staffed lodge, self-service cabins, no-service cabins, and emergency shelters) and trails (summer and winter routes) in their system of about 360 huts.
  5. Colorado Hut and Yurt Alliance Map – A dandy map with map pins for each of about 130 huts and yurts.  You can peruse them by name or by geographic location and click on either to get a brief description and photo of the hut or yurt, basic information (price capacity, distance and elevation gain to get there), and links to contact the owner and make a reservation.
  6. Swiss Alpine Club “Search a Hut” Map – A useful map with pins for all 152 SAC huts and a large selection of private huts in Switzerland.  One can visually scan the country to find huts in a region, clicking on a pin to get picture of the hut along with reservations and contact information. Also has a search function by hut name to locate a hut on the map.
  7. New Zealand Department of Conservation – An interactive map of its network of over 950 huts.  Searchable, and can set parameters to view: huts, campgrounds, tracks, “Must See” places, “Historical Places”, hunting areas, conservation areas, NZ’s 9 Great Walks etc.
  8. American Alpine Club Lodging Network – A map of the lodging options provided by the AAC (used by members to support their climbs) and those of other organizations to which AAC members have reciprocal privileges (i.e. member discounts).
  9. – A project of the Alpine Club of Slovenia, this map site locates huts in Slovenia, Croatia, Montenegro, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Romania, Albania, Kosovo, and Greece.  “The main goal of is to provide useful information regarding European mountain huts, shelter or bivouacsfor mountaineers, climbers, hikers, trekkers and mountain bikers and all other interested.”