DES Murray and Simon Cubit have one wish: that their new book will inspire a new generation to care about mountain huts.
The Launceston artist, along with the former Tasmanian historian, launched the book Tasmanian High Country Huts at the Tailrace Centre, Riverside, last night.
The launch included an exhibition of Murray's pencil and pastel hut works.
It's not the first time the two men have worked together, 25 years, in 1998, Cubit and Murray released A High Country Heritage.
Cubit said this book was like a sequel.
"I want to create an awareness among the new generation that these huts still exist, they are precious, they are special and that they need people to care about them," Cubit said.
"My research shows that the ones that have a strong connection with a group or family are still doing well.
"So if the research shows that, my job is to try and make more connections and make more people care."
In the book Cubit tells the stories of more than 25 huts from the Central Plateau to Cradle Mountain, which were constructed by stockmen, hunters, miners and adventurers.
Only a fraction of the huts are still around today and are mainly used for recreation.
"But there is a passion out there for these because they mean so much to some people," Cubit said.
He said to some people the huts were memorials to fathers and grandfathers, story books of the past and symbols of aspiration.
"That's why it's so important that we keep them maintained," he said.