The loss of Erica Beuzenburg was a terrible shock for the climbing community. Erica was a passionate climber and held a great love for the Aoraki Mt Cook region.
Gottleib Braun Elwert and Erica's family felt that a memorial to her in the form of a mountain hut would be a very fitting tribute. After informal meetings with several interested groups including the New Zealand Alpine Club, the concept of a replacement hut in the Beetham Valley area came to the fore as a very appropriate project.
The vision of Erica Hut was formed.