[Tagging] Historic huts

Volker Schmidt voschix at gmail.com
Wed Mar 27 08:16:13 UTC 2013

What about:
ruins=yes (if appropriate)

(Padova, Italy)

On 27 March 2013 05:16, Steve Bennett <stevagewp at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi all,
>   Just wondering how best to tag the historic "alpine" huts we have in
> the mountains of southeast Australia. Some basic properties:
> - usually fully enclosed (4 walls and a roof) although not necessarily
> weatherproof
> - usually have fireplaces
> - sometimes in good enough condition to sleep in (bring your own
> mattress and bedding)
> - primarily of historical interest, rather than for accommodation.
> That is, you might have lunch in the hut, or camp next to it - you
> wouldn't hike without a tent and plan to sleep in the huts. (They
> often have rodent and/or snake inhabitants...)
> - could possibly be completely uninhabitable or ruined. (Hiking maps
> here typically don't make much distinction, they might say "Smith Hut
> (ruins)")
> - typically built between 1850 and say 1920 by stockmen (cattle farmers).
> - only maintained for their heritage value - no one improves them,
> there's no hut warden or anything.
> Is this just an Australian thing? tourism=basic_hut seems like the
> closest, but still promises accommodation. I think most Australians
> would know what to expect, but there are frequent stories of unhappy
> Europeans expecting hot meals in the middle of nowhere...
> An example of a hut I visited on the weekend, Kelly Hut near Licola.
> Rough wooden walls, corrugated iron roof, stone chimney, dirt floor.
> There's a very rough sleeping platform (no mattresses), no table or
> chairs. The door is a sheet of corrugated iron. I'd have lunch in
> there, especially on a cold day, but I wouldn't sleep in there unless
> desperate.
> Steve
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