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Summit Huts volunteers get to know mountain crowd

Janice Kurbjun
Summit Daily News
Daily file photo Volunteers with the Summit Huts Association helped prepare the Section House and Ken's Cabin for the winter season in October, 2010.

For those who volunteer at Summit Huts Association’s summer volunteer days, it’s less a day of work than it is a chance to get outside and meet like-minded individuals.

The group is kicking off summer rehab on the four cabins in its system, and they’re seeking volunteers to sign on to help. Activities range from staining and sealing the deck and siding to splitting wood and stacking it as a team.

Typically, the events attract locals as well as people from Denver and the Front Range, offering a chance to meet people who might become the foundational group for volunteers’ next hut trip. It’s also a chance for individuals to get to know the hut system before signing on to a trip.

Volunteers receive a voucher for a night’s stay in the hutmasters’ quarters to be used at a later date as well as, often, the opportunity to stay at the cabins on multi-day volunteer excursions.

• June 23 – Francie’s Cabin volunteer day

The primary objective of this Saturday-only work day is to clean up in and around the cabin in preparation for the cabin’s summer opening July 1. Volunteers will have the option of spending Saturday night at the hut, located near Blue River.

• June 30 – Francie’s Cabin Open House

This Saturday open house, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., is meant to introduce newcomers and those interested in learning more about the hut system to Summit Huts Association and its members. This is the first-ever open house at Francie’s Cabin, and it’s meant to be an opportunity for those who have not been to see how things work, ask questions, and generally get a feel for the place. It’s a “Hut Trip How To” right at the hut and guided by individuals familiar with the cabins, from board members to staff to members. Visitors should bring a lunch to enjoy on the deck.

• July 14 – Janet’s Cabin volunteer day

This Saturday work day’s goal is to clean up in and around the cabin to prepare for its summer opening July 15. Volunteers will have the option of spending Saturday night at the hut, located near Copper Mountain.

• August 23 – Telluride MountainFilm on Tour, presented by Summit Huts Association

At the Riverwalk Center in Breckenridge, starting at 7:30 p.m., Summit Huts Association will host MountainFilm on tour for its second year in Breckenridge. It’s slated for Thursday, the day before the Pro Cycle Challenge race stage starts on Friday, August 24. Tickets are $20 for adults, and doors open at 7 p.m.

• August 25-26 – Francie’s Cabin volunteer days

These two days are meant to clean the hut midway through the summer season and prepare for the upcoming winter season. Cleaning, restocking and firewood chopping, hauling and stacking are the biggest chores on the to-do list. Volunteers can stay the night Saturday to work both days, or can volunteer for one of the two days. Volunteers receive a hutmasters’ quarters voucher for each day worked.

• September 7-9 – Janet’s Cabin helicopter resupply and volunteer days

A Friday night, Saturday and Sunday work weekend to resupply, clean and prepare the hut for the upcoming winter season. Volunteers are needed at the cabin and staging area on Saturday morning and at the hut on Saturday afternoon and Sunday. Vouchers for the hutmasters’ quarters are awarded for each day of work.

• September 29 – Section House and Ken’s Cabin volunteer day

This is a Saturday work day to restock, clean and prepare these two cabins for the upcoming winter season. Volunteers can stay Saturday night at the hut, which is located on Boreas Pass Road, near the saddle.

• October 12 – 11th Annual Backcountry Ball (Fundraiser)

Details to come for the annual fall event. See

Space on all volunteer days is limited, so volunteers are asked to sign up in advance. For more information or to register, visit, email or call (970) 453-8583.

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