Summer Hut Trip FAQ

A hut trip sounds intimidating. Do I have to be in great shape to get there?
People of all ages and ability levels can enjoy a hut trip but you should have a basic level of fitness. You have to travel under your own power and carry your own pack; some huts are easier to access than others.

What gear do I need for a hut trip?
During the summer, the gear needed for hut trips can be as simple as a sturdy pair of hiking shoes and a good pair of socks. Some people prefer hiking poles to help balance the weight carried on their backs, but that is a personal preference and not required.

How do I book a night at the cabin? Will I be there with people I don’t know?
The 10th Mountain Association acts as the Summit Huts reservation agent. You can check availability by going to www.huts.org. In most huts, beds are booked individually. If you do not book the entire hut, you may end up sharing the hut with another party(s). The Summit Huts sleep anywhere from three people at Ken’s Cabin to a group of 20 at Francie’s and Janet’s Cabin.

What do I do when I get to the hut?
Relax. Sit back and bask in the remarkable views that surround you. Crack a beer. Read a book. Go for a hike. The possibilities are endless, but thing is for certain--say good-bye to WiFi. Don’t worry; it will still be working when you get back.

What materials are at the cabin and what should I plan on bringing?
Again, each hut differs in terms of supplies and accommodations so it’s best to refer to the 10th Mountain Division website to learn more about the type of accommodation before booking. For example, at Francie’s Cabin, located south of Breckenridge, you will find a complete kitchen outfitted with propane burners, cookware, utensils, plates, bowls, etc. There are solar-powered electric lights. Trash bags and cleaning supplies are provided. A wood-burning stove provides heat and firewood is provided. Beds have pillows and sheets. Francie’s also comes equipped with an indoor composting toilet. Water for guests is obtained by melting snow found around the hut so dogs are not allowed at the huts due to possible water contamination. Bring your own clothing, food, sleeping bag and toiletries. For a complete list of what to expect and what to bring, visit www.summithuts.org

What about when I get there - what are my responsibilities as a hut guest?
The hut experience is unique in that guests are responsible for getting themselves to the hut. That means following the preferred summer travel route that is specific to each hut. Once at the hut, it's all about the honor system. Guests sort out what beds they're going to use and cook and clean up after themselves. Guests are responsible for hauling out all trash and leftovers and leaving the hut clean and stocked with wood and water for the next group. This system works remarkably well, but is totally dependent on folks taking complete responsibility for themselves.

Any hints on packing light?
Pack simply. When you're packing ask, "Do I really need this?" Keep meals and packaging as simple as possible—it’s similar to packing for a backpacking camping trip.  The biggest extra weight people usually bring is alcohol, so ask yourself if you really need all that booze. Your back will thank you.

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