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Simple is best

Dear Editor:

I just came back from a trip to the McNamara Hut, which is part of the very special 10th Mountain Hut system. The hut exists in large part because of Robert McNamara, who was secretary of defense during the Vietnam War. He was vilified when later in life he admitted that the war was wrong.

It is not always easy to stand by your beliefs, especially when they are contrary to those of other people that you have at one time been in agreement with. McNamara did the best he knew how, and when his consciousness changed, he honored that new information. That is the sign of a true hero.

The 10th Mountain Huts are a perfect example of less is best. They are simple but well built, have a little solar power, use wood for heat and cooking, and have small propane burners for cooking if necessary. They have no indoor plumbing other than drains in the kitchen. It is all you need! Though newer technology might result in something different being built today, these huts that were built 30 years ago are comfortable and efficient.

I encourage anybody who would like to get rid of material distractions that often cloud perspective to get out and use the hut system. If you are building anything in your life, whether it be your personal environment or a structure, go spend some time in the woods in simplicity. You will be amazed with what you can do without and how much richer your life will be as a result of getting rid of that which gets in the way of all the beauty life has to offer!

John McCormick

Aspen


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