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Roaring Stag Lodge II, originally built by a club, NZ Deerstalkers Association, over a period of four years.  Rebuilt by DOC in 2005.
Frew Saddle Bivouac, two bunk bivvy built for NZ Forest Service deer cullers
Associated with the 1966-67 Freedom Walks on Milford Track
Waipakihi Hut, Lockwood style architecture, NZ Forest Service
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.
Broome Hut In Summer - D Maddox photo
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
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
Blue Range Hut built by Masterton Tramping Club in 1958
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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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Burren Way Trip Report

Burren Way Trip Report By Sam Demas Overview: As part of my research for a “Country Study” of long distance walking in Ireland, I walked much of this 132km classic Irish National Long Distance Waymarked Way through the sublime Burren landscape.  While this walk is 73% on little-used roads due to access rights limitations, it […]

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Julie Judkin’s Comparison of Trail Communities on AT and Pennine Way

Understanding Local Perceptions of Management and Values of Long Distance Trails: Summary of Masters Project, Duke University, 2015 By Julie Judkins,  Director of Education and Outreach, Appalachian Trail Conservancy Introduction Trails are built for connecting people to nature: an important first step of building conservation advocates. Long distance trails offer recreational opportunities, economic stimulus for […]

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Trip Report: Lower Atlas Mountains through Berber Villages

Submitted by Laurel Bradley, December 2015; Photo above is of our guide Jamal and the author. Taking advantage of cheap international flights from my 2015-16 homebase of Dublin, Ireland, my husband and I travelled to Morocco for the 2015 Christmas season. Avid hikers, we sought access to mountains near Marrakech, our debarkation point. We found the […]

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How the Methow Valley became a lodging and trails hub

How the Methow Valley become a world-class lodging and trails hub By Sam Demas With fabulous ski terrain and a great climate, Winthrop, WA on the east slope of the North Cascades, became a mecca for winter sports enthusiasts in the 1970’s.   Attracted by the consistent snow cover, great climate, and stunning natural beauty, young people […]

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News: Oregon Bike-Hut Trail Planning

Oregon Bike Trail and Hut System in Planning Stages Travel Oregon is in the conceptual stage of planning a hut-to-hut single track biking system that they hope will eventually go from the Oregon/California border to the Oregon/Washington border. The initial planning involves coordination with the US Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, and the International Mountain […]

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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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