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A MOUNTAIN HUT (also known as ALPINE HUT, MOUNTAIN SHELTER, MOUNTAIN REFUGE, MOUNTAIN LODGE, and MOUNTAIN HOSTEL) is a building located high in the mountains, generally accessible only by foot, intended to provide food and shelter to mountaineers , climbers and hikers . Mountain huts are usually operated by an Alpine Club or some organisation dedicated to hiking or mountain recreation.

Mountain huts can provide a range of services, starting with shelter and simple sleeping berths. Some, particularly in remote areas, are not staffed, but others have staff which prepare meals and drinks and can provide other services, including providing lectures and selling clothing and small items. Mountain huts usually allow anybody to access their facilities, although some require reservations.

Modern hut systems date back a century and a half. The Swiss Alpine Club has built huts since 1863. In the United States, the Appalachian Mountain Club built its first hut at Madison Spring in New Hampshire in 1889.

CONTENTS

* 1 Huts

* 1.1 The Alps
Alps
* 1.2 Britain, Ireland
Ireland
* 1.3 Norway * 1.4 Poland
Poland
* 1.5 Slovakia
Slovakia
* 1.6 United States
United States
* 1.7 Canada * 1.8 New Zealand * 1.9 The Himalayas

* 2 Gallery

* 2.1 Europe * 2.2 Latin America * 2.3 North America * 2.4 Oceania, Australia, New Zealand

* 3 See also * 4 References * 5 External links

HUTS

THE ALPS

The construction of refuges and shelters in the Alps
Alps
date back to ancient times, when Roman roads
Roman roads
led across the mountain passes. In the High Middle Ages
High Middle Ages
, hospitales were erected along the trade routes; cottages and sheds on the high mountain pastures served for Alpine transhumance . The long history of mountaineering from the 19th century onwards has led to a large number of Alpine club huts as well as private huts along the mountaineering paths. These huts are categorised according to their location and facilities. They may have beds or a mattress room ( Matratzenlager ) for overnight stays.

BRITAIN, IRELAND

In the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
and Ireland
Ireland
the tradition is of unwardened "climbing huts" providing fairly rudimentary accommodation (but superior to that of a bothy ) close to a climbing ground; the huts are usually conversions (e.g. of former quarrymen's cottages, or of disused mine buildings), and are not open to passers-by except in emergency. Many climbing clubs in the UK have such huts in Snowdonia or in the Lake District
Lake District
. A well-known example is the 'Charles Inglis Clark Memorial Hut' (the 'CIC Hut') under the northern crags of Ben Nevis in Scotland
Scotland
- this is a purpose-built hut, high up the mountain. In the past, some shelters in Scotland
Scotland
were built in exposed locations at high elevation, often as part of military training exercises. However, and particularly following the 1971 Cairngorm Plateau Disaster , these were deliberately demolished because they were thought to pose dangers exceeding their benefits.

NORWAY

The Norwegian Trekking Association operates about 460 cabins mostly in the mountains and in forested areas, of which about 400 have lodgins., Many cabins are unstaffed and open all year, while the staffed cabins often are just open during summer.

POLAND

In Poland
Poland
most of mountains shelters and huts are run by PTTK
PTTK
- Polish Tourist Society. Only few of shelters belong to private investors. In the Polish mountains there are about 100 shelters. Most of mountains shelters offer many-persons rooms and refreshments. Polish mountain huts are obliged by their own regulations to overnight each person who is not able to find any other place before sunset, though the conditions may be tough (e.g. a mattress in hall or warm basement).

SLOVAKIA

In the Slovakia
Slovakia
there is a dense network of mountain huts ("chata") in most mountain and forest regions, serving a culture of hiking. In the past they were managed by the official tourist union, but now are mostly in private hands. Official mountain huts are similar to guest houses and are run by full-time managers. In winter, some refuge are closed.

UNITED STATES

There are many huts in the United States
United States
, in the Rocky Mountains
Rocky Mountains
, the Appalachian Mountains
Appalachian Mountains
and other ranges. The High Huts of the White Mountains in New Hampshire
New Hampshire
are generally "full service" (cooks serve food) through summer and early fall, while some are open the rest of the year as self-service huts, at which hikers bring and prepare their own food.

CANADA

The Alpine Club of Canada operates what it calls the "largest network of backcountry huts in North America."

NEW ZEALAND

The New Zealand Department of Conservation "manages a network of over 950 huts of all shapes and sizes."

THE HIMALAYAS

The mountains of Asia do not have a well-developed system of public mountain huts, although hiking, trekking and mountain climbing are common. In 2015, a competition was launched to design huts that could be located along trekking trails of Nepal.

GALLERY

EUROPE

*

Monte Rosa Hut *

The Bertol Hut in the Swiss Alps
Alps
*

Ciareido hut, near Lozzo di Cadore in the Dolomites
Dolomites
in Belluno , Italy *

Cabane du Trient , Switzerland
Switzerland
*

Hut
Hut
by the Triglav Lakes in Julian Alps
Alps
, Slovenia
Slovenia
*

Téryho chata in the Tatra Mountains
Tatra Mountains
, Slovakia
Slovakia
*

Samotnia in the Karkonosze , Poland
Poland

LATIN AMERICA

*

A refugio atop Tronador , Argentina *

Frey Hut
Hut
in San Carlos de Bariloche
San Carlos de Bariloche
, Argentina *

Refugio Otto Meiling Stevage, Argentina *

Refugio Perú
Perú
in Ancash , Perú
Perú
*

Refugio Contrahierbas in Ancash , Perú
Perú

NORTH AMERICA

*

Elizabeth Parker hut in the Canadian Rockies
Canadian Rockies
*

Greenleaf Hut
Hut
in the White Mountains of the U.S. *

R.J. Ritchie Hut (Balfour Hut) in Banff National Park
Banff National Park
*

Shasta Alpine Lodge at Horse Camp
Horse Camp
on Mount Shasta
Mount Shasta
, California *

Smithsonian Institution Shelter on the summit of Mount Whitney , California

OCEANIA, AUSTRALIA, NEW ZEALAND

*

Wallace's Hut, Bogong High Plains *

Federation Hut, Mount Feathertop

SEE ALSO

* Home portal

* Log cabin - small house built from logs * Vernacular architecture
Vernacular architecture
- traditional architecture in a particular area * Wilderness hut - rent-free, open dwelling place for temporary accommodation

REFERENCES

* ^ The Huts of the Swiss Alpine Club" * ^ "Timeline of AMC Huts". Retrieved 11 July 2014. * ^ Duff, John (2001). A Bobbie on Ben Macdhui: Life and Death on the Braes o' Mar. Huntly
Huntly
: Leopard Magazine Publishing. pp. 115–125. ISBN 0953453413 . * ^ The Norwegian Trekking Association , retrieved 2 June 2013 * ^ DNT cabins - general information The Norwegian Trekking Association , retrieved 2 June 2013 * ^ Regulamin schroniska PTTK
PTTK
* ^ 10th Mountain Division Hut
Hut
Association * ^ AMC huts * ^ Alpine Club of Canada * ^ NZ Department of Conservation "Huts by region" * ^ Himalayan Mountain Hunt

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