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Rufus Hut

Postby DrCelephicus » Thu 07 Oct, 2021 7:05 am

Greetings,

I recently visited the delightful Gingerbread Hut over Mt Rufus, perfect weather one way, winds and sleet that near blew me off the saddle on the way back. In the hut there was was a photocopy of a map that showed a hut named Rufus Hut just off the direct track from Cynthia Bay where it hits the flat below the summit ridge. I had a very quick look but no sign of it now, mind you it was raining. Anyone heard of it?
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Re: Rufus Hut

Postby scrub boy » Tue 12 Oct, 2021 9:16 am

I believe it was known as the Hobart Walking Club hut. I stayed there in the 80's and it was pretty rustic then but was a fun place to stay, was weather proof, had a pot belly and also a wooden sled. Only a small hut, from memory maybe slept 6 at a pinch? I reckon it was removed in the 90's either due to it's state of repair or victim to the thinking around structures in the WHA that prevailed at the time, not sure, maybe both? Members of the club might know more. I could dig up an old photo if anyone is interested.Personally, although I recognise that there are management issues with buildings, I think there is a place for small bushwalking huts.I enjoyed staying in them when I first started out walking with friends - Meston, Junction etc
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Re: Rufus Hut

Postby tastrax » Tue 12 Oct, 2021 12:02 pm

http://www.hobartwalkingclub.org.au/Pub ... istory.pdf

1988
MT RUFUS HUT The President, Tony Rae, advised: The Dept of Lands, Parks
and Wildlife instructed the Club that the Rufus Hut was unsafe and that they
would assist in its removal. There was some strong opposition to dismantling the
hut but when the PWS ranger made it clear that the Club would not be allowed to
utilise local timber, dead or living for repairs, it left little option.
Cheers - Phil

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Re: Rufus Hut

Postby wander » Wed 13 Oct, 2021 5:54 pm

scrub boy wrote:I could dig up an old photo if anyone is interested.


Yes please. :)
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Re: Rufus Hut

Postby scrub boy » Wed 20 Oct, 2021 1:30 pm

photo of a photo but you get the idea. it's a shame it's gone
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