The Mountain Hut Book

By Kev Reynolds

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.

ISBN
9781852849283
Availability
Published
Published
13 Apr 2018
Edition
First
Pages
256
Size
21.0 x 14.8 x 1.4cm
Weight
460g
  • 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

    Contents
    Introduction
    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
    Andes
    Appalachians
    Atlas Mountains
    Canadian Rockies
    Caucasus
    Corsica
    Himalaya
    Picos de Europa
    Pyrenees
    Southern Alps
    Tatras
    Appendix A    Useful contacts
    Appendix B    Directory of alpine huts
    Appendix C    Glossary for alpine trekkers
    Appendix D    Further reading
    Index

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  • Reviews
    Not only is it informative, it's really entertaining, with personal anecdotes throughout. A must read

    Many think of mountain huts just as simple shelters, but this book explores what makes staying in them such a special, unique experience. Kev first visited in the Alps in the 1960s and has returned almost every year since, visiting and staying in hundreds of mountain huts in all regions.

    Drawing upon this knowledge and his own personal experiences, The Mountain Hut Book highlights the best Alpine huts to stay in and examines hut life, what facilities and meals you can expect and hut etiquette. Kev explores how huts have developed over the years due to the remarkable increase in outdoor activity to what they are today; simple, reasonably priced accommodation and meals situated within easy reach of a mountain. He also reveals his top 10 favourite huts in the Alps and Pyrenees. Not only is it informative, it's really entertaining, with personal anecdotes throughout. A must read for anyone planning a trip to the Alps.

    Chantelle Kelly, Outdoor Enthusiast magazine


    ​Who better than veteran mountain trekker Kev Reynolds to expand on the joys of staying in a mountain hut?

    Who better than veteran mountain trekker Kev Reynolds to expand on the joys of staying in a mountain hut?This latest celebration from Cicerone is a worthy companion to Phoebe Smith's Book of the Bothy, a compendium of British bothies published in 2015.

    But in this new book, the author doesn't just stick to the better-known mountain huts of Alps, although they are pretty comprehensively covered by a directory of Alpine huts, profiles of 10 of his favourites , and outlines of 10 hut-to-hut walking tours. Reynolds also mentions bothies, huts and lodges way beyond the Alps, extending to the Himalaya, Pyrenees, the Atlas Mountains of Morocco and even to the Appalachians and Canadian Rockies.

    So what is the attraction of staying in a hut, where the accommodation can range, as the author rightly states, from hovels to hotels! Reynolds says he's with Guild president Chris Bonington, who describes the: " ... anticipatory excitement in a crowded hut, in its Babel of different languages, chance encounters with old acquaintances swilling wine and coffee, the packed communal bunks and the intensity of the early morning start."

    The "unspoken mystique" that huts were not for ordinary mountain walkers is dispelled by the author, and hopes his book will unravel some of this mystery, and illustrate " ... the way in which mountain huts can be truly sociable places in which to spend a night or two In most magical of locations, To enjoy wild nature at its very best, with spectacular views and a peace unknown in the valleys."

    Outdoor Focus magazine


    Mountain huts add to the unique charm of the Alps, and it was only a matter of time before Cicerone came out with a guide to enjoying the best of them.

    Mountain huts add to the unique charm of the Alps, and it was only a matter of time before Cicerone came out with a guide to enjoying the best of them. This book by Kev Reynolds focuses mainly on the Alps but also includes titbits from around the world - and starts by providing plenty of history, useful information and, most importantly, hut etiquette. A section on his Top Ten Huts' gives a detailed overview of each hut, including maps, a description of possible approach routes, nearby ascents, neighbouring huts for those looking to link up two or more. The 'Hut to Hut' section is particularly useful for those looking to head out on a multi-day trek while forgoing the weight of camping kit. This section includes 10 treks including the Tour de Mont Blanc, the Tour of the Bernina, and the Alta Via 2.

    Reynolds gives an overview of each route and the huts along the way (though not in the same detail as the Top Ten') and includes a map of the route showing the location of the huts. While this is a great book for those planning to stay in huts for the first time, we also found this useful even though we're based in the Alps, giving us loads of ideas for upcoming trips. Those planning a hut-to-hut trek, such as the TMB, will likely still want a detailed guidebook (such as Cicerone's own 'Tour de Mont Blanc: also by Kev Reynolds), but this book is certainly a great companion for those who haven't yet experienced the pleasure of staying in huts.

    Trek and Mountain magazine


    [This book is] practical, interesting, and deserves a place on the bookshelf of all that have enjoyed (or wish to enjoy) staying in huts

    If you've ever stayed in a hut while hiking in mountains, you'll know just what amazing places they can be. Far from being just a place for shelter, they often bring like-minded people of all nationalities together to swap stories, share laughter and forge lifelong friendships. This is something that Kev Reynolds believes; so much so that he wrote a book about it.

    The Mountain Hut Book explores what makes the mountain hut experience so special and how things have changed or evolved over the years. Written in an informative and entertaining style, the book also looks at Kev's personal favourites and holds suggestions for some truly incredible hut-to-hut hiking routes. It's practical, interesting, and deserves a place on the bookshelf of all that have enjoyed (or wish to enjoy) staying in huts.


    An entertaining read

    Although it covers a lot of ground, the information in this book is very accessible and provides an entertaining read. It is a useful addition for any mountain trip in which the use of huts may be involved.

    Alpine Club


    Lovingly produced - a great read

    Summit Magazine


    A lovely book with many interesting ideas for trips

    It is a lovely book with many interesting ideas for trips and gets across the feel of what an Alpine hut is all about. 

    Association of British Members of the Swiss Alpine Club

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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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