Scandinavian Peaks Hut on the Matanuska Glacier in the Chugach Mountains.

Photo by William Finley.

Rosie's Roost on the Eklutna Glacier in the Chugach Mountains.

Photo by Greg Bragiel.

Scandinavian Peaks Hut on the Matanuska Glacier in the Chugach Mountains.

Photo by Wayne Todd.

The Mint Hut near the Mint Glacier in the Talkeetna Mountains.

Photo by Travis Taylor.

Current Inventory & Needs

UPDATE: In response to the coronavirus pandemic, the Governor of Alaska has issued health mandates. These mandates include specifics related to camping and cabin use. The specifics include "Reservations only. Walk-ins prohibited" and "Non-household members are prohibited from sharing any cabin, tent, or other lodging." MCA does not have a reservation system for the huts, nor any way to ensure that multiple households do not share a hut. Therefore, users are advised that using the huts may be contrary to the Governor's health mandates.

Hut Needs and Notes

If you are headed to one of the MCA huts, please consult the notes below to see what needs to be carried to the huts or fixed. All huts have tools and materials so that anyone can make basic repairs. Hutmeisters are needed for each hut: If you have a favorite hut and would like to take the lead on checking on the hut and organizing maintenance the MCA would greatly appreciate your help!

  • Mint Hut (Hutmeister Vicky Lytle) – Maintenance Alert/Needs: Painting exterior with red oil paint. Clean downstairs ceiling. Lantern mantles. Fire extinguisher. Future considerations: SS counters, replace 32’’ front door. 

  • Bomber Hut – Maintenance Alert/Needs: All windows on main floor are boarded up (bear incident – See August Scree). Scrape and paint outside wood. Clean with TSP and paint inside walls of hut. Supplies are on site. Many thanks to Jason Hall and his team for the following work September 18-19: Visqueen/duct tape/ caulk/ plexiglass closure outside of first floor window openings. Verify siding details. Detailed measurements of hut window openings, counters and interior space. Removal of trash and glass. Photos of hut. Future considerations: Window replacements with foyer/ deck addition are being planned for Summer 2021.

  • Dnigi Hut – Maintenance Alert/Needs: Evaluate hut structural integrity, mold concerns. Many thanks to Richard Rasch for delivering supplies on a helo mission, July 9 at his own expense: 2 glass lantern globes, Bomber traverse map. Dnigi hut poster/information plaque. Thanks again Richard and his group for maintenance done on recent trip: Noted mold under cook table and by front door, hang BT map, replace welcome sign, general clean up, burn accumulated trash. Future needs: vents (flies entering)! Bear deterrents are in rough shape. Future considerations: Probable rebuild of deteriorated walls.

  • Holden Hut – Maintenance Alert/Needs: Need a window for entry hall or door. Latch on latrine needs attention (freezing closed). Many thanks to Randall Williams and Caroline Storm for the following work September 27-28: Cleaned and organized kitchen (gross), cleaned window sills (gross), installed insect screens on exterior of ventilation vent ducts, installed indoor thermometer, installed outdoor thermometer to be read from indoors, added notes to burn TP (latrine pit is filling up with unburned paper), brought kerosene for heating stove (worked brilliantly), swept floors, carried out yet more garbage, ‘’…overall, hut is in fantastic condition, no damage to report.’’

  • Pichler's Perch – Maintenance Alert/Needs: none. No stove fuel present. Coleman stove working. As of May 17, 2020: Human Waste barrels: 3 empty, 1 is 2/3 full. Many thanks to Brad Nelson and Alpha Aviation for May 17, 2020 helo mission. Installed vent modification. Delivered supplies: lantern mantles, 50 trash compactor bags. Supplies to go in: none.

  • Han's Hut – Maintenance Alert/Needs: Install window hold open clasp. Helo mission planned to change poo barrels out early August. 1/3 gallon stove fuel present. Coleman stove working. Supplies to go in: none. Many thanks to Brad Nelson and Alpha Aviation for May 17, 2020 helo mission. Installed vent modification. Replaced window shutter. Delivered supplies: lantern mantles, 50 trash compactor bags. 

  • Rosie's Roost – Maintenance Alert/Needs: 1 gallon stove fuel present. Coleman stove working. Many thanks to Stan Olsen, Ross Noffsinger, Peter Holden, Cory Hinds, Bradley Nelson, and Sally Balchin for successfully completing the Rosie’s reskin project (see August Scree for details). Thanks again for delivering the following supplies: Lantern globes for 285A700, 5-gallon poo bucket, trash compactor bags, log book, lantern mantles, and human waste barrels. Currently 2 empty barrels on site. Alert! Bears have been feeding on human waste in barrels and were observed multiple times during maintenance trip. Securing lids of human waste barrels is imperative!!

  • ALL EKLUTNA TRAVERSE HUTS – ET travelers should take trash compactor bags along. Human waste system WAG bags being used inappropriately. These bags are for packing out NOT placing into onsite human waste barrels. For depositing human waste onsite, use 5-gallon bucket lined with trash compactor bag, place tied bag into onsite human waste barrel.

  • Scandinavian Peaks Hut – Maintenance Alert/Needs: Kelly Mann reports, "...was just at the Scandinavian Peaks hut and it looked great, door was closed." 

  • All Huts – The MCA Board of Directors has decided to phase out the Coleman cooking stoves in the huts. In the future, as a stove fails, it will not be replaced. Be prepared- take your own stove. Additional supplies available for placement at any hut: WAG bags (approx. 100) for human waste collection/pack out along Eklutna Traverse. One functional Coleman stove. Tools: saw, pliers, screwdrivers, metal snips, stapler, hammer, paint tray, 2 roller brushes, 4 paint rollers, door lock set, crowbar, caulk gun, socket set.  

Jonathan Rupp Strong, Board Representative; Greg Bragiel, MCA Huts Chairman, huts@mtnclubak.org, (907) 350-5146

Page Last Updated: November 5, 2020


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