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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.

Dolent Hut, Swiss Alpine Club. Photo courtesy Marcon Volken.
Tarn Ridge Hut, 16 bunk replacement high mountain built by DOC
Sutherlands Hut, built 1860's - a former boundary keepers hut
Waipakihi Hut, Lockwood style architecture, NZ Forest Service
Sutherlands Hut, interior
Associated with the 1966-67 Freedom Walks on Milford Track
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.
Frew Saddle Bivouac, two bunk bivvy built for NZ Forest Service deer cullers
Asbestos Hut, mining hut, 1914, for 36 years the home of two lovers who exiled themselves here to escape unhappy marriages.
Blue Range Hut built by Masterton Tramping Club in 1958
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Tag Archives | Hut systems

Shelter from the Storm

Shelter from the Storm: The Story of New Zealand’s Backcountry Huts: book review, part 1

Book Review by Sam Demas: Shelter From The Storm: The Story of New Zealand’s Backcountry Huts (Part one of a two part book review) 2012, Craig Potton Publishing, Nelson, NZ. Text and most photographs by Shaun Barnett, Rob Brown, and Geoff Spearpoint. With a single highly-organized system of 1,000 backcountry huts New Zealand (NZ) — […]

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Vermont Huts Association

“Vermont Huts Association” Launched!

Vermont Huts Association Launched! by Sam Demas, October 10, 2016 Vermont is now the second state in the USA to establish an association of hut owners.  The mission of the Vermont Huts Association is: “To enhance the backcountry experience in Vermont by connecting the year-round recreation community with the evolving network of hut, cabin, yurt and […]

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Grand Huts Association: $100,000 expansion grant

Congratulations!  According to an article in the SkyHiDaily News,  a major grant from private donors will help fund the second hut in The Grand Huts Association. Their first hut (the Broome Hut pictured here), which took 15 years to get permitted and built, was completed in 2012 at a cost of $400,000.  Located in a […]

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Alpine huts for Scotland? News of a possible pilot project…

Is Scotland missing out on a key mountain tourism niche? The Ramblers in Scotland think this may be true, and are proposing a pilot project to test this assumption. While the Scots have “Bothies” — unimproved  backpacker shelters — European-style huts are not part of the accommodations infrastructure for walkers in Scotland, Wales, England.  They […]

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Hut-to-hut in the USA: situation and outlook

Hut to hut in the USA: situation and outlook by  Sam Demas and Wilson Josephson This is a preliminary overview of the 15 hut-to-hut systems in the USA.  There are a number of systems under development or expanding, and I’m hoping readers will tip me off to others that should be included.  Currently these 15 systems comprise 107 huts, yurts, and […]

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Leyton Jump, High Hut Manager. Photo coutesy Karly Siroky,

Mt. Tahoma — High Hut and MTTA Notes on History and Operations

High Hut Trail Guide Excerpts Notes kindly compiled by Leyton Jump, Manager of High Hut, Mt. Tahoma Trails Association OUR MISSION 2005 The Mt. Tahoma Trails Association operates and manages for public use a year-round hut-to-hut trail system adjacent to the slopes of Mt. Rainier, offering trail users of differing skill levels and economic backgrounds […]

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More hut-to-hut hiking in USA? Part 2: Challenges

by Sam Demas Creating more opportunities for people to use huts to support long distance hiking, biking, skiing is a complex undertaking.  If not done well, the potential for doing environmental harm is as great as the potential for doing educational and recreational good. Part 1 of this article outlined the potential benefits. Part 2 […]

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The Diverse Huts of the Swiss Alpine Club — essay by Marco Volken and Remo Kundert

  “The SAC huts are open to all and serve as a meeting place for a variety of outdoor enthusiasts. They are both objects of identification for members and an important infrastructure for alpine tourism.” This is how the Swiss Alpine Club summarizes the purpose of its huts in its 2006 hut regulations. But what […]

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How do huts operate? Lets find out: help us write “operational profiles”

A few people around the nation know a great deal about how hut systems operate.  But in the U.S. there is very little written about how hut systems are designed, built, and operated.  Almost nothing is known about the economics and demographics of hut systems.  And, other than the Colorado Hut and Yurt Alliance, there are no […]

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Book Review: Huts of the Swiss Alpine Club

The Huts of the Swiss Alpine Club by Marco Volken and Remo Kundert AS Verlag, 2013.  WOW.…a comprehensive view of the world’s premier hut-to-hut hiking systems! This is a luscious feast for trip planners, armchair trekkers, architecture mavens, and dreamers and designers of future hut systems in America and elsewhere! Take a taste right now: […]

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Featured Hut: Centennial of AMC’s Carter Notch Hut

In response to several tragic deaths from exposure and subsequent concern for hiker safety, the the AMC started building huts and shelters in 1888 and celebrated the 125th anniversary it’s hut system in 2013.  Carter Notch Hut, built in 1914, celebrated its Centennial last year. After the first AMC hut, Madison Springs, proved popular with hikers, AMC member […]

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Colorado Hut and Yurt Alliance

Colorado is on a roll!  With about 130 huts and yurts statewide, the owners formed an alliance (the first of its kind in the USA) in 2014 to exchange information and explore common cause.  The alliance has developed a website and meets periodically to work towards increased visibility for the nation’s largest grouping of huts and […]

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Where are the huts? Creating maps and lists

How many huts exist and where are they? We are experimenting with a modest project: Hut Systems Map of North and South America.  Our map initiative is just one of many.  We hope to coordinate our work with that of some of the growing number of hut mapping and listing projects worldwide.  Some are focused on a particular […]

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Trip Report: Mont Megantic National Park, Quebec Canada

Huts of Mont Megantic National Park, Quebec  Date: 02.02.15—02.04.15 Submitted by: Rob Stenger, Hutmaster, Maine Huts and Trails Location: Mont Megantic National Park, Quebec Province, Canada Website: http://www.sepaq.com/pq/mme/index.dot Names of Huts visited: La Voie Lactee, Col-des-Trois-Sommets, La Grande Ourse, La Petite Ourse, Pelerins, Le Mont-Saint-Joseph Facilities/Amenities: Huts consist of separate bunkrooms with vinyl mattresses and […]

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Founder Profile: Fritz Benedict 10th Mountain Division

Frederick “Fritz” Allen Benedict, 1914 – 1995, founded the 10th Mountain Division Hut in the early 1980’s.  It has grown into the largest hut system in the USA.  His vision, energy and experience were key ingredients in this remarkable story.  It is in part a tale of a young man’s formative dreams coming after a lifetime […]

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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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