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Links, References, Health and Safety, Permolat Trust Schedule of Work

Links

  • Each of the hut pages on the site has a small embedded map. If you click on this you'll go directly to the area that it's located on the www.topomap.co.nz/ website
  • Frank King of Christchurch has a Tramping Blog that includes some of the huts on this website: tramping.typepad.com.
  • A more comprehensive website that covers most of the Huts and tracks around the country, including many on the remote Huts site, is The New Zealand Tramper Website: www.tramper.co.nz.
  • There is a website for the Arthur's Pass National Park area: www.softrock.co.nz, which has webcams, a gallery of photos of the huts in the Park, weather, climbing, hut, bridge and track information, and Search And Rescue (SAR) reports.
  • Geoff Aitken has a website that publishes topomaps to assist people to get out in the hills: www.newtopo.co.nz has a new map of the Westland side of the Arthurs Pass area that folk may find useful.
  • The Palmerston North Tramping and Mountaineering Club's Website covers Huts in the Ruahines, Tararuas, and more: www.pntmc.org.nz
  • The Victoria University Tramping Club's Website's Tararua Hut page: www.vuwtc.org.nz
  • The website for Big Hut on the Rock and Pillar Range in Otago, another maintain-by-community project: www.middlemarch.co.nz
  • For those interested in the Waverly/ Waitotara area of the Whanganui National Park. www.waitotara.co.nz
  • For those wanting to stay in touch while in the mountains, the Canterbury Mountain Radio Service hires out radios at reasonable rates: www.mountainradio.co.nz
  • The NZ Deercullers' site has a great gallery of old hut and high-country photos including some from the Website area: www.nzdeercullers.org.nz
  • Greg Ross is ex NZFS and Permolat member, currently living in Canada. He describes his kiwiwriting.tripod.com website as a South Island writing and photographic alpine site.

Relevant Publications

  • Shelter From the Storm (Craig Potton Publishing): Shaun Barnet, Rob Brown and Geoff Spearpoint: A doorstopper of a book chock full of photos and a detailed history of high-country huts in New Zealand. Many of the huts on the website are mentioned with plenty of detail on their history and construction. See also: www.facebook.com/pages/Shelter-from-the-Storm/478611882149614. In 2016 the boys released a sequel, A Bunk for the Night: A Guide To New Zealand’s Best Backcountry Huts, published by Potton and Burton (www.pottonandburton.co.nz/store/a-bunk-for-the-night).
  • South Island Weekend Tramps: Nick Groves: A few of the huts on this site are included in this collection
    Shaun Barnett has written "Tramping in New Zealand: 40 Great Tramping Trips," and the larger and more recent "Tramping" co-authored with Chris Maclean. The latter is a comprehensive history of tramping in New Zealand and traces its origins from Maori and early European times to the present. This is also a Potton and Burton publication.
  • The Canterbury Westland Alps: A Climbing And Transalpine Guide: Yvonne Cook And Geoff Spearpoint: This one covers the Central Southern Alps and is for the more serious alpinists.
  • Bushcraft: A Publication by the new Zealand Mountain Safety Council. Essential preparatory reading for aspiring remote hutters.
  • Classic Tramps (Revised Edition): Shaun Barnett: The Frews - Toaroha circuit has been added to the revised edition of this guide.

DOC-Permolat Health and safety Plan

  • All official Permolat projects now require adherence to a Health and Safety Plan formulated by DOC in Hokitika. This may all seem a little bit tedious and unnecessary, after all humans have done OK survival-wise in the hills for millenia without them, however it's a trade-off that allows us to continue working in the remote huts zone. The hut and track systems we are concerned with were put in place,usually safely, before these things became fashionable, so any mountain types may find it an affront to their common sense and dignity to have to comply. Take a look however - it's not that onerous. Here's the download of the document Doc-Permolat Health and safety Plan.

DOC-Permolat Schedule of Work

  • We've recently been given general authority by DOC to work on all the minimal maintenance huts and tracks in Westland not already covered by individual maintain-by-community contracts. This huts and tracks covered by this broad ranging agreement are listed in the following download. DOC-Permolat Schedule of Work. Anyone thinking of a carrying out a project on a minimal maintenance hut, or a track on this schedule need to identify liaise with a key DOC person in the area concerned.

Contact

The contact for this Website for feedback, or hut and track updates is andrewbuglass62@gmail.com

Online Group

"Permolat" is an online group of people interested and/ or actively involved in remote hut and track preservation, and maintenance. It is a forum for discussion, information sharing, and project and trip planning. If you want to join and contribute, contact: Andrew Buglass.

If you are already a member of Permolat you can view the message archive or you can post to the group by sending a message to permolat@remotehuts.co.nz (NOTE: only Permolat members can do this).