KMC Huts – FAQs
Don’t count on it! Grassy only sometimes…
No. When on the traverse, you should plan to spend a night out in case of emergency; it happens. Weather, gear malfunction, navigation issues, injury etc are all manageable if you are adequately prepared.
Definitely check out our info pages for more information. You’ll need to do your homework before setting out on the traverse. The huts should have functioning wood stoves, propane cook stoves, pots, pans, dishes, cutlery, dish soap and bleach. You’ll need a sleeping pad, propane etc.
This equation has many variables such as: coffee/tea drinkers, number and type of hot meals planned, personal light vs propane lantern, elevation etc. A 1lb propane cylinder will fuel a single 10,000btu Coleman burner for 1.5-2 hours. A propane lantern in good working order will run for 6-8 hours on a 1lb cylinder
No, but the cabins are often missed for the amount of snow that covers them, especially the higher cabins. Make sure you have a map/compass plan B, if your GPS let’s you down. Know your advance routes, escape routes and your destinations before setting out
Currently, yes. But consider the following before bringing your furry friend. Incident within the huts will result in dogs being prohibited
- At higher elevations, tree-wells are a baited trap for dogs
- Deep snow at high elevations can make it impossible to reach your destination, or return home. Consider that 6” of snow in the valley can equate to 18” in the mountains
- Being caught in an avalanche with your dog can dramatically affect the result of a search
- Ski edges are an extreme hazard to your pup, the outcomes aren’t favorable
- Impediment to your dogs ability to travel under their own power exposes the group
- Dogs drive off ungulates while simultaneously attracting rodents and bears
- Leaving a tired dog in the hut while you’re out opens the possibility of damage to the hut or having another visitor set your dog free, the cabins are used by many, even if you have an overnight booking
- Cleaning up after a dog in the back-country is near impossible and leaves a mess for spring/summer trips
- Some folks are allergic, fearful or unwilling to have your pet in their sleeping/eating area
- In some parks and protected areas dogs are not permitted at any time of year. Know your area
Book carefully! KMC does not currently offer refunds or date changes. You can post your dates on the KMC Facebook page, pass them off to a friend or email and have us release your dates so that someone may enjoy them last minute
Email us right away and we can help. We’ll need your email, confirmation, Paypal receipt and the available dates you intended to book
No. Some folks are expect privacy when they book a hut. Some are more welcoming but it’s a long way from home to discover that you’re out in the cold. Have you ever made camp in 10’ of snow? It’s technically difficult and not recommended.
Although there are ‘non-motorized’ areas designated around the cabins, you will have visitors throughout the day during busy times. Keep your booking confirmation handy if a conflict arises. If you have a booking, you have the right to politely ask those without an overnight booking to move along. Also note that if you have booked for only 2, you may be joined by new friends
It happens! Email the hut guy as soon as possible so we can make a plan to get it fixed up