Camping and Alpine huts
The Australian Alps Liaison Committee has released a code of
conduct governing the use of huts and emergency shelters in the High
Country. Many of the huts are of historical significance and they
are also important shelters in case of adverse conditions. Much of
the code is aimed at ensuring that the huts are in a suitable
condition for use as an emergency shelter and goes something like
- Use huts for shelter only, not for accommodation. Most huts
have flat grassy areas perfect for pitching a tent.
- Cook with fuel stoves and keep fires to a minimum. This is not
so much because of the fire risk, but to maintain a supply of
firewood for emergency situations. In several popular camping
areas it can be a long walk to find firewood. (Some huts are in
fuel-stove-only areas anyway)
- Don't exhaust the supply of matches in huts and replace any
firewood that you use.
- Don't spoil the water supply. Observe standard camping toilet
etiquette (at least 50m from water, downstream from camp site,
dig a hole and cover it after etc....) Collect water upstream
from huts and always boil it just in case.
- Leave the hut cleaner than when you arrived and take your
rubbish with you.
The full code can be found here.