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  • #576682
    JSteigs
    47 Posts

    So I am planning on going on a short overnight hut trip in about a week. I was just wondering if anyone here had any advice that might not be obvious. I have been on a hut trip before, a little winter camping, and plenty of spring car camping snowboard trips. Any tips from food, to gear, to comfort, would be appreciated. (I am guessing someone is going to say bacon).

    #654034
    chrisNZ
    304 Posts

    Not really hut trip advice but these guys built sweet diy tobogans to haul gear into the bc.

    [vimeo:tnvl1gnj]http://www.vimeo.com/38119376[/vimeo:tnvl1gnj]

    #654035
    Matt Wood
    328 Posts

    It’s all about the amount of beer you can sneak into your fellow hutters packs. 😀

    #654036
    fustercluck
    668 Posts

    Do as much food prep as possible before hand. And bring tp.

    #654037
    JimmyC
    351 Posts

    Good advice above. Some years, I have lugged in large quantities of beer and food, and convinced myself that the sacrifice was worth it. There is nothing like a cold beer at the end of a day or touring. Sometimes I pack light with dehydrated food and vodka/whiskey, and I really enjoy my approach to the hut. I guess it depends on the difficulty of your approach route and how much you are willing to endure. On cat track approaches, I load up the pack with the good stuff. On more technical approaches, I prefer to go light.

    I have used the sled/1″ pvc pipe/parachute cord set-up like shown in the video above. On cat tracks, it works really well—and we have successfully hauled multiple cases of beer along with our gear. Good times!! On off camber/technical approaches, I consider them a no-go.

    Extra toilet paper is a must. Many folks would put bacon in the same category. I tend to limit the cloths that I bring my touring stuff, a change in base layers/gloves, and a light puffy. I used to use a 30 degree down bag to save weight and space—but I have been more comfortable when bringing my zero degree down bag.

    Enjoy yourselves—hut trips can be great fun!

    #654038
    JSteigs
    47 Posts

    Thanks for the ideas so far. We have two options for approaches.
    Plan A. Start in the next drainage south that has a ski resort parking lot, and skin up 2000 or so feet (normally takes me just under two hours) and drop down about 1200 feet to the hut.
    Plan B. Take the or so five plus mile forest service road straight up the drainage to get to the hut.
    Sleds won’t be an option if we take plan A. I think we can manage grossly overloaded packs for the first skin, and ride though.

    #654039
    riseup
    29 Posts

    I always make homemade pizza and load it with toppings before I leave. Then wrap it in foil for each meal. Then you can just heat each one up on the woodstove. proper

    #654040
    singlewhitecaveman
    242 Posts

    Ear plugs. Hut booties. Book. Courvoisier. Drum machine. Bar of chocolate. One can of beer.

    #654041
    chrisNZ
    304 Posts

    @JimmyC wrote:

    I have used the sled/1″ pvc pipe/parachute cord set-up like shown in the video above. On cat tracks, it works really well—and we have successfully hauled multiple cases of beer along with our gear. Good times!! On off camber/technical approaches, I consider them a no-go.

    Enjoy yourselves—hut trips can be great fun!

    what about if your last on the skin track? will it still not sit in behind?

    #654042
    HikeforTurns
    1113 Posts

    #654043
    summersgone
    820 Posts

    I did 6 nights in huts in BC last month, 5 nights in Keiths and 1 in an unnamed. Takes normally 2hrs to hike in to Keiths, constant rolling ice track. What we decided to do was pack in everything on a 70L pack and no sled. We weighed them at about 50lbs. I’ve done the sled route on other time (no mods, simple sled), and the sled would have sucked on that approach. My thought is that 2hrs isn’t long and just slog it out with the pack. We did it after a day of riding as well, and although tired, it wasn’t horrible.

    Although beer is sweet, whiskey tastes pretty good still and is 1/10th the weight, so your drunk to weight ratio is much better. If you want to get a buzz, this is the way to go IMO. But having a stash of beer in the car at the end is a must! Also :doobie: it up while in the hut.

    We did as much of the backpackers meals as possible. They make it easier, but are more expensive. We were ok with that for the ease (and we were going to another country, easier to fly with). Other people made meals, and I just thought it was a huge pain in the ass, I was just there to ride 8-9 hours, and food should be easy as hell. Also, we got a bunch of food off people during the week (keiths has a revolving 12+ people in it). One night we didn’t cook any dinner, and a few lunchs we just got from people who didn’t want to hike out. Certainly don’t plan for that, but if I was to do Keiths again, I’d pack for 1 less day possibly.

    Also, we hiked in a pair of pajama pants, and I must say, they were sweet to have at nights. It sucks sitting around in your ski pants at the end of the day, and switching to those is awesome. People were quite jealous it seemed.

    In terms of booties / slippers, get something that can handle a little bit of snow travel. Rubber bottoms are best. No felt bottoms unless you like to constantly scrape off snow every time you go out. And getting them wet pretty much sucks ass for the night.

    We also at first hiked in with day packs, and then transferred. It wasn’t worth it so, we decided that 70L pack was fine to ride in if it synches down enough to ride. I could go either way there, depends on your pack and length of stay. I’d say for my pack (Osprey Aether 70L), for up to 5 days, I could do the large pack, and over, I may be pumped on a second pack for the weight savings and ease to ride.

    And as mentioned, extra TP, and a few sets of earplugs.

    Have fun, hope that helps!

    #654044
    KGN
    215 Posts

    @singlewhitecaveman wrote:

    Ear plugs.

    Ear plugs :thumbsup:

    #654045
    JimmyC
    351 Posts

    That canned whiskey is a great find—thanks!!!

    ChrisNZ, I think the sled would probably stay in the skin tack fairly well on traverses of moderate slopes—and I bet a skilled operator with a well packed sled and a good skin track could probably do pretty well on more technical terrain. I am pretty sure that I would end up in a pile of beer cans and food at the bottom of a slope if I tried anything too tricky with a heavy sled.

    #654046
    swanny
    189 Posts

    @singlewhitecaveman wrote:

    Ear plugs. Hut booties. Book. Courvoisier. Drum machine. Bar of chocolate. One can of beer.

    X2, if you have a drum machine then you must have a disco ball :disco:

    #654047
    JSteigs
    47 Posts

    Hey guys just got back ad would like to thank you for all the advice. Extra TP was the biggest help. I went from the half roll I had (it was in my day pack I don’t leave home without it) to a brand new roll. There was non at the hut, and there was a group of four at the hut and I don’t think they realized that I had brought what was there, and the roll only made it one day. Would have been real bad for me since I was the last to use it.

    #654048
    powslash
    382 Posts

    TP? Wipe yer ass with snow. Fresh snow is soft like charmin. Corn snow is scratchy like the cheap stuff.

    #654049
    powslash
    382 Posts

    Wait. You mean there was TP rationing at the hut? And it never occurred to anyone to use snow? And people were cruising around with dirty bums like a bunch of animals? I’m confused.

    #654050
    splittilps
    154 Posts

    How do 4 people burn through a roll of TP in ONE DAY?!?! WTF were you guys eating?

    #654051
    singlewhitecaveman
    242 Posts

    @swanny wrote:

    @singlewhitecaveman wrote:

    Ear plugs. Hut booties. Book. Courvoisier. Drum machine. Bar of chocolate. One can of beer.

    X2, if you have a drum machine then you must have a disco ball :disco:

    We just hang a headlight from an elastic band, wind it up and let it go. :doobie:

    Also, if you’re heading to keith’s, an extra pair of ear-plugs does double duty as nose -lugs. 15+ people and that place becomes a veritable Den of Farts. :rock:

    #654052
    JSteigs
    47 Posts

    I have no clue how that much TP was used. I think the other group of four people didn’t realize that I had brought it, they probably assumed that it belonged to the hut. I only used it once, plus a little to clean some water that boiled over. It baffles me too. :scratch:

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