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Rufus Hut

Thu 07 Oct, 2021 7:05 am


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

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

Re: Rufus Hut

Tue 12 Oct, 2021 12:02 pm ... istory.pdf

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

Wed 13 Oct, 2021 5:54 pm

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

Yes please. :)

Re: Rufus Hut

Wed 20 Oct, 2021 1:30 pm

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

Re: Rufus Hut

Wed 29 Dec, 2021 9:18 am

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?

Re: Rufus Hut

Thu 20 Jan, 2022 9:41 pm

Has anyone been to lake Rufus hut recently looking on going to do a overnighter shortly...and what's the best route do I need a kayak ? Thanks muchly

Re: Rufus Hut

Fri 21 Jan, 2022 12:13 pm

There is a hut at Lake Rufus, the lake below King William II??? Where abouts?

If there is it is a long way South of the huts discussed above in this thread.

Re: Rufus Hut

Sun 23 Jan, 2022 9:39 pm

Yes I'm a member of mhps I'm a young gun from Hobart born locally...have got the year calender and have only this and reindeer lodge to do out of the 12...was wondering do I kayak over from the king William hut etc then bush bash in...

Re: Rufus Hut

Mon 24 Jan, 2022 8:38 am

aha, I have found the hut site at Lake Rufus, maybe track down some fishermen to determine the best access.

Re: Rufus Hut

Mon 24 Jan, 2022 4:39 pm

My bad dude I thought you knew and seing Rufus hut and not mount Rufus or gingerbread or Joe Slater hut I thought someone knew lol...yeah I'm asking members too not many have been there...ild say kayak over or boat over...

Re: Rufus Hut

Tue 25 Jan, 2022 10:16 am

we look forward to your report.
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