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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.

Red Hut, built by Rodolf Wigley, tourism pioneer and entrepreneur, c. 1916
Waipakihi Hut, Lockwood style architecture, NZ Forest Service
Dolent Hut, Swiss Alpine Club. Photo courtesy Marcon Volken.
Ivory Lake Hut, a science hut constructed to support a team of glaciologists and hydrologists studying this retreating glacier.
Sutherlands Hut, built 1860's - a former boundary keepers hut
Sutherlands Hut, interior
Broome Hut In Summer - D Maddox photo
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.
Frew Saddle Bivouac, two bunk bivvy built for NZ Forest Service deer cullers
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New Zealand Huts

Shelter from the Storm – Introduction to a book about history of New Zealand Huts

Below is a reprint of the “Introduction” to the book:  Shelter From The Storm: The Story of New Zealand’s Backcountry Huts 2012, Craig Potton Publishing, Nelson, NZ. Text and most photographs by Shaun Barnett, Rob Brown, and Geoff Spearpoint. Embedded below is the 14 page, beautifully illustrated “Introduction”, by Shaun Barnett, to the remarkable book […]

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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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