The Mountain Hut Book

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24 Mar 2018
15 Apr 2018
21.0 x 14.8 x 1.4cm

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An introduction to mountain huts and refuges for walkers and trekkers. Informative and entertaining, this book explores the mountain hut experience, from how huts have developed to modern-day hut etiquette. With profiles of the author's top picks, and the best hut-to-hut routes in the Alps and Pyrenees.

Not Yet Published
24 Mar 2018
15 Apr 2018
21.0 x 14.8 x 1.4cm
  • Overview

    This book is a celebration of mountain huts, showcasing the the sheer variety and sometimes quirky nature of these buildings that allow walkers, trekkers and climbers to access remote corners of the mountains. Packed with entertaining stories that bring the places and people to life, it contains descriptions of the author's favourite huts in the Alps, along with suggestions for hut-to-hut tours of 3-13 days duration, including the Tour of Mont Blanc. It also traces the history of huts and how they have evolved from the most primitive of shelters to the often purpose-built, eco-friendly buildings of today. For the uninitiated, it unravels some of the mystery of huts and explains how to use them and what facilities to expect. Above all, it illustrates the way in which mountain huts can be truly sociable places, where like-minded people can spend a night or two in the most magical of locations and share a love of wild places.

  • Contents

    1 Rooms with a view
    Huts for all
    Huts for trekkers
    Huts for climbers
    Huts for watching wildlife
    Huts for walkers
    2 Hut life
    House rules
    Sleeping and eating
    The hut guardian
    Paying for the privilege
    Not huts – Berghotels and gîtes d’étape
    3 Top ten huts
    Cabane d’Arpitettaz
    Refuge des Bans
    Refuge de Bellachat
    Rifugio Bolzano/Schlernhaus
    Burg Hut
    Cabane des Dix
    Refuge Entre Deux Eaux
    Grutten Hut
    Rifugio Longoni
    Totalp Hut
    4 Hut to hut
    Tour of the Vanoise
    Rätikon Höhenweg
    Tour of the Jungfrau Region
    Stubai High Level Route
    Tour of the Bernina
    Tour of Mont Blanc
    Tour of Val de Bagnes
    Tour of the Oisans: GR54
    Alta Via 2
    Tour of the Wilder Kaiser
    5 Hovels to hotels
    Bivouacs, boulders and caves
    Loathsome dens
    The age of the mountain hut
    The overcrowded Alps
    Between the wars
    The future has arrived
    Alpine Clubs and their huts
    6 Beyond the Alps – bothies, huts and lodges
    Atlas Mountains
    Canadian Rockies
    Picos de Europa
    Southern Alps
    Appendix A    Useful contacts
    Appendix B    Directory of alpine huts
    Appendix C    Glossary for alpine trekkers
    Appendix D    Further reading

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Kev Reynolds

A lifelong passion for the countryside in general, and mountains in particular, drives Kev's desire to share his sense of wonder and delight in the natural world through his writing, photography and lecturing.

Claiming to be The Man with the World's Best Job, he has enjoyed a fruitful partnership with Cicerone since the 1970s, producing over 50 books, including guides to five major trekking regions of Nepal, and to numerous routes in the European Alps and Pyrenees, as well as walking guides for Kent, Sussex and the Cotswolds.

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