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Sam Demas

Sam Demas

  • College Librarian, Emeritus, Library


In retirement my life revolves around delighting in the wonders of daily life: food & drink, exercise, nature, gardening, walking, reading, picnics, meditation practice, and spending time with friends and family.  Am fortunate to spend time with my aging parents nearly every day and help them as needed.  In addition,  I am researching accommodation systems in support of long-distance, human-powered travel, and sharing what I learn through

This is a field in which little research has been done in USA.  I am trying to inform and cohere a national conversation about the role of huts and other accommodations in US outdoor recreation and education. 

Education & Professional History

See CV.  Have mostly retired from my library consulting practice.  Am returning to my roots in Environmental Education and am now mainly pursuing my interests in hiking and natural history. 

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Highlights & Recent Activity

Recent articles include: "What is a hut?", "Hut-to-Hut in the USA: Situation and Outlook" , "More Hut-to-Hut Hiking in the USA?: Part 1, Benefits""More Hut-to-Hut Hiking in the USA?: Part 2, Challenges".  Have also written a variety of book reviews, trip reports, and have completed six operational profiles describing in detail how hut systems operate and the challenges they face. 

Writing for and editing is my primary scholarly activity.  The enterprise is a mix of research, journalism, and advocacy.  Other projects include:

  • writing a "Country Study" of long distance walking in New Zealand,
  • organizing a workshop for US hutmasters in conjunction with the upcoming International Trails Symposium,
  • securing funding for a scientific analysis of the comparative environmental impacts of car camping, backpacking, and hut-to-hut walking, and
  • working as a volunteer researcher for the US National Parks Service.  

Organizations & Scholarly Affiliations

Working as a Volunteer Researcher for the US National Park Service, and active in World Trails Network, Northfield History Collaborative, and Northfield Buddhist Meditation Center. 

Profile updated June 8, 2018

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