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.
Kev Reynolds is a freelance writer, photojournalist and lecturer. A prolific compiler of guidebooks, his first title for Cicerone Press (Walks & Climbs in the Pyrenees) appeared in 1978; he has since produced many more titles for the same publisher, with others in the pipeline. A member of the Outdoor Writers- Guild, the Alpine Club and Austrian Alpine Club, his passion for mountains and the countryside remains undiminished after a lifetime-s activity, and he regularly travels throughout Britain to share that enthusiasm through his lectures.
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 gites d'etape 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 Ratikon Hoehenweg 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