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30 The Alpine Club of Canada | Gazette | Spring 2019 Crowdsourcing Hut Etiquette – Top 10 List W e asked you a simple question: what would you like other people to know about eti‑ quette in our backcountry huts? Now, we have signs with our version of etiquette that hangs in the huts, but we thought there was probably some collec‑ tive wisdom in our members – things that only come from experience. Here's our quick list of the most com‑ mon suggestions. See Aspects for more of your thoughts, and great pictures. alpineclubofcanada.ca/top10 #10: Pee where you're supposed to Pee affects local flora. In winter, snow gets melted for drinking water. Need we say more? " If you made your way to the hut, you definitely have the fitness to make it to the outhouse." #9: Clean up your dishes so others can eat No one wants to wash your pasta pot before they start cooking their soup. Besides, you want to kick back after dinner and relax, right? " Clean up after you eat quickly so that others can get in to make food." #8: Store your gear away from the beds Sharp bits and sleeping bags; clunky boots and bare feet – these things are a bad combination in the dark. " Please do not store your ice axe in the sleeping areas where a sleepy person might step on it on the way to the outhouse in the middle of the night." #7: Use the red light Early starts and late night pee breaks happen. Plan ahead and don't blind your hut mates. " Use the red light function on your headlamp instead of the high beam please!" " 30 minutes to an hour of extra sleep can make a world of difference. Make sure your head- lamp is accessible before you go to bed!" #6: Share the drying space If you've got wet clothes, it's a good bet that others do too. " Once your stuff is dry, move it somewhere else to hang. Let everyone have access to the prime spots to dry their clothes!" #5: Share the hut work Huts are shared spaces. And pitching in is good karma. " Working as a little mountain family adds to the fun of the huts!" " If you can't chop wood, offer to fill water buckets or wash dishes." " Pay it forward. Take some time each trip to do some house cleaning." #4: Keeping quiet during early/late hours Huts are the destination for some, the base for others. " Those staying awake later and not climbing tomorrow could try their best to be of normal volume at night." " If you've got an alpine start, get geared up away from the sleeping quarters." #3: Pack your food out Leave nothing. " Many people see it as a gesture or assume others will eat it, but this is not the case and it usually ends up wasted or bringing in rodents." #2: Replenish the water You probably use more water than you think. "Take a pot off, put a new one on." "Gather more water than you intend to use." #1: Show new visitors the way The most suggested piece of hut etiquette warms our hearts: Welcome others and be a mentor. " It doesn't matter how long you've been in the hut, you should take on host responsibilities for the newcomers showing up." " Someone has hopefully given you a tour. Your job then becomes to pass it along to the next people who arrive to make them feel at home." " Everyone experiences the outdoors for differ- ent reasons with different levels of knowledge. Share your knowledge in a positive and friendly way." Thanks to everyone for all the great suggestions and ideas.

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