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Tarn Ridge Hut, 16 bunk replacement high mountain built by DOC
Broome Hut In Summer - D Maddox photo
Associated with the 1966-67 Freedom Walks on Milford Track
Ivory Lake Hut, a science hut constructed to support a team of glaciologists and hydrologists studying this retreating glacier.
Roaring Stag Lodge II, originally built by a club, NZ Deerstalkers Association, over a period of four years.  Rebuilt by DOC in 2005.
Waipakihi Hut, Lockwood style architecture, NZ Forest Service
Sutherlands Hut, built 1860's - a former boundary keepers hut
Red Hut, built by Rodolf Wigley, tourism pioneer and entrepreneur, c. 1916
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
Asbestos Hut, mining hut, 1914, for 36 years the home of two lovers who exiled themselves here to escape unhappy marriages.
Sign of the Packhorse Hut, government built (1916) tourism and climbing hut, originally built as one of four backcountry teahouses.
Blue Range Hut built by Masterton Tramping Club in 1958
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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 lodge operators.”

Launched in August 2016 by RJ Thompson and Devin Littlefield, they are in the initial stages of building community support for what they hope will be a state-wide network of huts.  Their initial emphasis appears to be in connecting existing accommodations infrastructure.  Their approach is to treat huts as a form of environmental protection, allowing more use of the backcountry while minimizing environmental impact.

They rightly perceive a great opportunity in the Green Mountain State.  Historically, there was a fairly extensive Inn-to-Inn network on the Long Trail in the early 20th century, and some echoes of which persist today.  The Green Mountain Club (GMC) operates 65 backcountry style shelters (see my photo gallery) along the 270 mile Long Trail (see my 2015 operational profile on the Long Trail Shelter System).  RJ and Devin are working with the GMC, Catamount Trail, Vermont Backcountry Alliance, and other groups.

Their business and organizational model is under development.  Perhaps it will end up operating like the Colorado Alliance of Huts and Yurts.  I’ll post more detail about their organization, aims, aspirations, and activities later.  Meanwhile, check out their website and an informative article in Backcountry Magazine.

All good wishes to this new venture!

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