An overview of hut systems in USA and around the world, which includes a wide range of accommodations systems such as shelters, yurts, platform tents, inns and B&B's, hostels, and mountain huts of every size and kind.
January 17, 2017
10:30 AM to 00:00 AM (Pacific Time)
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Cost (RECORDING):$19 for members (Trail Professional level or higher)
This presentation includes pictures and explanations of the different kinds of hut systems in different parts of the world, particularly in mountains, and abroad in rural front-country and on blueways. The term “huts” includes a wide range of accommodations systems such as shelters, huts, yurts, platform tents, pods, inns and B&B's, hostels, and mountain huts of various sizes and levels of amenities.
Focus will be on where and why these hut systems exist, and how they operate. Presentation is for people at all levels of expertise. Trails with are primarily dirt/natural surface often improved with standard trail construction techniques. However, some hut/trail systems use country roads for part of the journey, depending on access restrictions.
Most hut systems are optimized for skiing and/or hiking, but some also accommodate biking.
After over 40 years working in college and university libraries, Sam Demas' reinspirement project is studying huts. He travels the world learning how other nations shelter long distance human powered travellers. He writes about what he learns and puts it on his website, hut2hut.info. The hope is that it will inform a small but growing conversation about the future of huts in the USA.
He and his partner Laurel Bradley are visiting every American hut system as research for the first-ever guidebook to huts in the USA, to be published in 2020 by Mountaineers Books of Seattle. Sam’s hope is that through artful envrionmental education we can more intentionally leverage the phenomemal American interest in recreation to create a new generation of outdoor citizens committed to land conservation and to an ethos of biophilia in our society.
1. Selected articles and content areas from Hut2Hut.info referred to in webinar:
2. Hut Systems in USA all have web sites that are easy to find, such as:
3. Planning documents for Adirondacks Hamlets to Huts:
4. Selected links for sites in other nations:
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