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: Paint exterior with red oil paint, clean downstairs ceiling, lantern mantles, and fire extinguisher. Many thanks to Richard Rasch for delivering supplies on a helo mission, July 9 at his own expense. He delivered shop towels, a Tyvek suit, 1 gallon of bleach, 2 packages of heavy duty gloves, trisodium phosphate, lantern pump, 1 box of nitrile gloves, a Bomber Traverse map, and Mint hut poster/ information plaque. Thanks again Richard for removing a large collection of trash on July 21 helo mission at his own expense. Many thanks to Scout Troop 144 for maintenance done July 17-24. They cleaned the outhouse, consolidated human waste barrels, organized and cleaned the foyer and ground floor, packaged rubbish for removal, re-hung ladder; hung map, toilet use guidelines, and MCA welcome signs inside hut plus toilet use/catch barrel instructions inside the outhouse. Coleman stove was repaired. Current conditions: Outhouse has 1 full human waste barrel and 1 empty barrel outside, 1 empty barrel, and 1 1/2 full barrel inside toilet chamber. Future considerations: SS counters, replace 32’’ front door.
Bomber Hut – Maintenance Alert/Needs: Urgent repair needed; Visqueen/duct tape/ caulk closure on outside of first floor windows to prevent rain/snow incursion. All windows on main floor are boarded up/ need repair/ replacement (bear incident – See August Scree). Scrape and paint outside wood. Install two windows in kitchen area (onsite). Clean with TSP and paint inside walls of hut. Supplies are on site. Evaluate outhouse human waste accumulation. Many thanks to Richard Rasch for delivering supplies on a helo mission, July 9 at his own expense. The following items were delivered: shop towels, lock set for door, 1 gallon of bleach, fire extinguisher, box nitrile gloves, map of bomber Traverse, Tyvek suit, paint roller, heavy cleaning gloves, bomber hut poster/ information plaque. Thanks again to Richard and his team for maintenance done on recent trip which included: cleaned, bleached counters, tables, benches, added rocks around base, found wooden window frames that had been taken apart and left inside. Many Thanks to Cole Talbot, Forrest Voss, Savannah Lorenz, Luke Konarzewski for reporting the hut damage AND to Luke Konarzewski for returning to secure all broken windows. Future considerations: Window replacement with foyer/ deck are in the planning.
Han's Hut – Maintenance Alert/Needs: install window hold open clasp. Human waste barrel change out.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, firstname.lastname@example.org, (907) 350-5146
Page Last Updated: September 4, 2020
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