Latest News – July 18

10th Mountain Huts Need Volunteers for Work Sessions

The 10th Mountain Division Hut Association is looking for volunteers for some upcoming work sessions on huts that are close-by Leadville and Lake County. It’s good, hard work in the spectacular outdoors for a great cause. And if that isn’t motivation enough, for each day worked, 10th Mountain will reward each volunteer with a free hut night (valid for 1 year). That’s quite an incentive for these popular huts!

Volunteers for the 10th Mountain Division Hut Association hard at work . . . and fun! Photo: 10 Mtn. Huts

Volunteers for the 10th Mountain Division Hut Association hard at work . . . and fun! Photo: 10 Mtn. Huts

The upcoming dates when volunteers are needed:

  • July 25, 26, 27 at the Betty Bear Hut – LINK for location.
  • August 4, 5, 6 at the Harry Gates Hut – LINK for location

Call at 970-925-5775 to sign-up.

1st morning of the Trooper Traverse, winter 1944-- the 10th soldiers stayed in this cabin. The first 10th Mountain Division Hut! Sadly, this cabin burned down in 2004. (© Erling Omland collection)

1st morning of the Trooper Traverse, winter 1944– the 10th soldiers stayed in this cabin. The first 10th Mountain Division Hut! Sadly, this cabin burned down in 2004. (© Erling Omland collection)

From the 10th Mountain Division Hut Association website:

Note to hut users interested in volunteering: Each year, 10th Mountain has a few returning volunteer groups that are assigned an entire volunteer period before the May 1st volunteer call-in. In the past, these groups have included a 10th Mountain Division veterans group and various youth groups. We appreciate the support and dedication of all volunteers, and regret any inconvenience caused by this lack of availability. Of course, if you wish to volunteer, but the scheduled volunteer periods don’t fit your schedule, there are additional volunteer opportunities available to either individuals or groups. Please contact 10th Mountain for more information or to schedule your volunteer period.

Work includes: processing 8 cords of wood (chain-sawing, splitting and stacking), painting, refurbishing stoves, cleaning, re-vegetation, trail work, etc.

Volunteers for the 10th Mountain Division Hut Association get ready to get to work on cabin maintenance. Photo: 10th Mtn Huts

Volunteers for the 10th Mountain Division Hut Association get ready to get to work on cabin maintenance. Photo: 10th Mtn Huts

You will need to bring a pair of work gloves, a sleeping bag if you are staying overnight, and meals for the length of your stay. 10th Mountain provides light snacks and soft drinks. After work, roughly 4-5pm, we generally go for hikes or enjoy a post work mountain bike ride, so bring your bike if you like riding. As on regular hut trips, dogs are not permitted.

We encourage as many people as possible to hike or bike up to the huts for the work weekends. If you do drive, a high clearance, four wheel drive vehicle is strongly recommended. Jackal, 10th Mountain and the Benedict huts have very steep, rocky, extreme four wheel drive roads. The roads to Uncle Bud’s, Fowler-Hilliard, Skinner, Benedict and Betty Bear are bumpy, steep in places, wash-boarded, and may require four wheel drive . Gates, Estin, and Eiseman huts can usually be reached without a four wheel drive vehicle, unless the roads are wet, in which case the roads can be extremely slippery and four wheel drive and chains may be required.

Please sign up only if you are committed to working. Our volunteer coordinators will contact you a few days before the weekend you have signed up for, to get an idea about when you will be arriving and to answer any last minute questions.

Again, if you are interested in working but the above dates don’t work for you or are already filled, please ask to be put on our list of “Other Interested Volunteers.” We often need volunteers for special projects and welcome your assistance.

Work will include stacking wood and cleaning the hut to get ready for the upcoming winter season. Please bring: Water, lunch, work clothes and gloves, rain jacket, sunscreen, insect repellent, and personal items if you plan on staying the night. You will be on your own for dinner. Each person who volunteers will earn a free night in the Hutmasters Quarters at a Summit Huts Hut. (Janet’s Cabin, Francie’s Cabin or Section House).

 

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