Backcountry huts have not changed much it seems. They do an excellent job of remaining durable, clean, simple, and usually remote and low impact. The Italians have now integrated technology and (for better or worse) design into a new take on low impact backcountry shelters.
They call it LEAP (Living Ecological Alpine Pod) and it is your own odd shaped and funny colored nature-living-unit. I cannot explain all of the concepts and strategies attached to this product, but browse their website for a better understanding of the product.
“completely self-sufficient, it doesn’t alter the places where it is installed in any way”
“designed to resist the extreme stress of high altitudes”
“a modular, comfortable, technologically sophisticated shelter. Entirely prefabricated and assembled off-site”
The LEAP has various functional units and versions so that you can taylor your own remote getaway pod to your needs and desires. The modular design, in addition, makes it possible to create a LEAP of any size. I wonder what the different color option are? The obviously unnatural look of the LEAP however, is also on purpose:
“The aesthetic features of LEAPfactory don’t try to mimic or resemble any traditional alpine structure. On the contrary, the intention is to effectively declare its unrelated look in the surroundings through the expression of its high-tech features. The ecology of LEAPfactory lies in its transitional nature and total reversibility. At the end of its “life cycle” the pod can be lifted away by helicopter without leaving any permanent trace of its presence in the natural environment.” – LEAP
What are your thoughts on this tubular tube? It would be pretty cool to place a few of these on top of your favorite backcountry line. Then again, it would be kinda cool to just have the money necessary to do so. Crazy Italians.