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Rufus Hut

PostPosted: Thu 07 Oct, 2021 7:05 am
by DrCelephicus
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?

Re: Rufus Hut

PostPosted: Tue 12 Oct, 2021 9:16 am
by scrub boy
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

Re: Rufus Hut

PostPosted: Tue 12 Oct, 2021 12:02 pm
by tastrax
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.

Re: Rufus Hut

PostPosted: Wed 13 Oct, 2021 5:54 pm
by wander
scrub boy wrote:I could dig up an old photo if anyone is interested.


Yes please. :)

Re: Rufus Hut

PostPosted: Wed 20 Oct, 2021 1:30 pm
by scrub boy
photo of a photo but you get the idea. it's a shame it's gone

Re: Rufus Hut

PostPosted: Wed 29 Dec, 2021 9:18 am
by DrCelephicus
Thanks so much for the info, and the photo. It looks a bit bigger than Gingerbread Hut, and I'm sure it kept many walkers warm & dry over the years.
Next time I go by I shall salute the people who made the efforts to carry in the materials to build it, the roof tin and the stove, probably cast iron.
All huts have a personality, I wonder what it was like?