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

Photo by William Finley.

Hans' Hut on the Whiteout Glacier in the Chugach Mountains.

Photo by Travis Taylor.

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

Photo by Travis Taylor.

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

Photo by Wayne Todd.

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. If an MCA hut is already occupied by one such group, another group arriving later should not occupy the hut or cook there, even if there is space available.

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. 

  • Mint Hut (Vicky Lytle, Volunteer Coordinator) - Maintenance Alert/Needs: Painting exterior with red oil paint. Clean downstairs ceiling. Future considerations: SS counters, replace 32’’ front door. Supplies to go in: Lantern mantles, fire extinguisher.

  • Bomber Hut – Maintenance Alert/Needs: All windows on main floor are boarded up after bear incursion summer 2020. 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, 2020: 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 Supplies to go in: Fire extinguisher.

  • 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, 2020 at his own expense: 2 glass lantern globes, Bomber traverse map. Dnigi hut poster/information plaque. AND 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 in rough shape. Future considerations: Probable rebuild of deteriorated walls. Supplies to go in: None.

  • 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, 2020: 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.’’ Supplies to go in: None.

  • Pichler's Perch – Maintenance Alert/Needs: Coleman stove working. Door latch needs to be installed. Many thanks to Brad Nelson and Alpha Aviation for May 18, 2021 helo mission: Removed human waste barrels, Installed two empty human waste barrels. Supplies to go in: Door latch.

  • Han's Hut – Maintenance Alert/Needs: Install window hold open clasp (parts on site). Coleman stove working. Many thanks to Brad Nelson and Alpha Aviation for May 18, 2021 helo mission: Removed human waste barrels and accumulated trash, Installed two empty human waste barrels. Supplies to go in: None.

  • Rosie's Roost – Maintenance Alert/Needs: Door latch needs to be installed ASAP. Also need a Torx T25 or T20. Coleman stove working. Many thanks to Brad Nelson and Alpha Aviation for May 18, 2021 helo mission: Removed human waste barrels, Installed screw top human waste barrels, delivered door latch. Alert: Bears have been feeding on human waste in barrels and were observed multiple times during maintenance trips. Securing lids of human waste barrels imperative. Supplies to go in: None.

  • ALL EKLUTNA TRAVERSE HUTS – ET travelers should take trash compactor bags along. Human waste system WAG bags have been used inappropriately. WAG 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 (outside of hut). If outside barrel is full, bring empty barrel out.

  • Scandinavian Peaks Hut – Maintenance Alert/Needs: None. Meekins Aviation will inform clients of human waste protocol (fly out all waste). Supplies to go in: None.

  • 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: April 21, 2021


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