Roberts Cabin, CO

Roberts Cabin is a US Forest Service rental cabin and has served as a remote getaway for generations. Located at high elevation on Boreas Pass road between Breckenridge and Como, the night skies and morning sunrises should be breathtaking!

Project Site Description & History

PROJECT PARTNER: Pike-San Isabel National Forest

SESSION DATES: August 9-14, 2020

Plan to arrive at the jobsite no sooner than 6pm and no later than 8pm.

PROJECT DIFFICULTY:

SITE INFORMATION: Tent camping only

NOTE: Roberts Cabin is located at or above 10,000 feet of elevation. If you are not sure if it is safe for you to work at this high of elevation, please ask your doctor. Volunteers coming from lower elevations are very strongly encouraged to spend at least 24 hours in Denver or in other lower-elevation areas to acclimate before making the trip up to this jobsite.

LOCATION:

ABOUT VOLUNTEERING: HistoriCorps projects are free for volunteers! HistoriCorps will provide all meals, tools, training, and equipment, and a campsite. Volunteers are responsible for their own transportation to the campsite, sleeping equipment, work clothes and boots, and other personal gear INCLUDING 6 REUSABLE CLOTH FACE MASKS AND WORK GLOVES. Scroll down for additional requirements when volunteering this year.

Most projects have one spot per session for a “Kitchen Helper” in addition to our project work volunteer spots. Scroll down to read more and register!

HistoriCorps does not charge for its volunteering projects. The majority of project costs are covered by our project partners and grants, but as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, HistoriCorps relies on donations to continue engaging volunteers to save significant historical sites across America for generations to come. Your donation of any amount will make an incredible difference! Increase your impact – make a generous gift today.

History and Area Information

According to the US Forest Service, “Roberts Cabin is one of the recognized historic cabins in Pike & San Isabel National Forests. The primitive cabin dates back to the mining and railroad era of the 1880s, and is eligible for placement in the National Register of Historic Places. Through the ages, the structure has been used as a residence, a blacksmith’s shop and stables. In 1993, the piece of history was restored to its original form and converted for use as a cabin rental.”

At HistoriCorps we know that historic buildings are more likely to be preserved if they are used and occupied. Through doing the hands-on work necessary to repair and maintain the Roberts Cabin roof, the building will continue to be an appealing overnight rental for future guests.

Given the remote location of this cabin, volunteers can expect to see a variety of wildlife, including elk, great horned owls, and golden eagles! Volunteers will also enjoy sweeping views of Colorado’s Front Range and awe-inspiring South Park. Nearby mountains can also be viewed. Clear night skies and colorful sunrises will be quite memorable as well!

Boreas Pass road, which the cabin is near, is popular for mountain biking in the summer and cross-country skiing in the winter. Boreas Pass road traverses the Continental Divide and connects the welathy ski town of Breckenridge to the lesser-well-known town of Como. At the top of the pass, there are additional historic cabins, a large bunkhouse called Section House, and remaining mining infrastructure left over from the 1800s. Mining at the top of the Divide would have been a cold, lonely, and windy lifestyle, but scores of people eked out a living here through providing miners with supplies, maintaining the railway that connected Breckenridge and Como, and more. Section House and the humble Ken’s Cabin are both part of the Summit Huts Association.

Most of these photos of Roberts Cabin were taken by HistoriCorps in September 2019, when the landscape is starting to prepare for winter snows. Happily, summer conditions will bring a lot more greenery, like that shown in the above image!

The location of the cozy Roberts Cabin offers a very private getaway for guests!

Volunteer Safety During the COVID-19 Pandemic

HistoriCorps prides itself on ensuring the health and safety of all volunteer participants, whether we’re working on a roof, or during a pandemic. Our team has worked hard to put together stringent health and safety protocols for the 2020 project season:

MASKS All volunteers are required to bring at least six reusable, washable face masks. Volunteers will wear two masks each day (one for camp, one for the jobsite). They will be washed once throughout the project. Masks are required for when working less than 6 feet apart, or in an enclosed environment.
GLOVES All volunteers are required to bring their own work gloves.
HEALTHY ARRIVAL Volunteers will only join projects if they are not experiencing any symptoms of illness, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, muscle aches, or other symptoms of COVID-19 as identified by the CDC. Volunteers will not plan to travel to or through areas highly impacted by COVID-19, nor outside of the US, within 14 days before their project begins. Volunteers will affirm that they do not believe they have been exposed to a person with a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19, are not waiting to be cleared as noncontagious following a diagnosis, and have been following all recommended guidelines as much as possible by practicing social distancing and taking other precautions. Volunteers will travel to the jobsite alone, or with someone they live with (such as a family member) who has also shown no signs or symptoms of illness.
IN CASE OF INFECTION Any volunteer or staff member that developes COVID-19 symptoms must immediately self-isolate and leave the jobsite. If the individual is physically unable to do so, staff will follow Wilderness First Aid guidelines for medevac.
FOLLOWING HISTORICORPS PROTOCOLS All volunteers are required to abide by and practice the health and safety protocols that HistoriCorps staff are implementing.
CREW SIZE CAP All volunteer crews will be “capped” at a maximum of six volunteers.

Scope of Work

Volunteers will work alongside expert field staff to learn and practice the skills and techniques necessary to preserve the historic Roberts Cabin. Our scope of work will focus on one of the most critical building elements: its roof! We’ll be installing a roof that matches the one seen in historical photos of the cabin.

  • Remove deteriorated roofing – 30%
  • Install red Mulehide roofing (a durable type of rolled roofing) – 70%

Volunteer Logistics, Policies, and Advice

We’re so glad you’re interested in joining this project! If you’re new to our community, review the Volunteer FAQ and COVID-19 Protocols first! Please note the following logistics and policies:

  • Volunteering with HistoriCorps is free! We will provide all meals, tools, training, equipment, and a campsite or shared indoor lodging. Dinner is not provided on the first night.
  • Volunteers are responsible for bringing their own gear, sturdy work clothes and boots, 6+ personal cloth face masks, gloves, and appropriate sleeping equipment. Check the average temperatures before you start packing – the nights and mornings may be colder than you anticipate! Then, read this advice about how to stay warm when tent camping in colder places.
  • You might want to consider bringing a solar shower or research other methods to clean up after the work day
  • Volunteer crew sizes generally range from 4-8 volunteers, with two HistoriCorps staff that lead and train volunteers in the work.
  • Safety is one of HistoriCorps’ top priorities, and volunteers can contribute to a safe working environment by ensuring their physical fitness is adequate for the work. See above for this project’s scope of work and difficulty level. Please, call us if you are not quite sure if a project is a good fit for your skills or fitness level. We may be able to suggest a project more suitable and enjoyable for you.
  • Dogs are generally allowed to accompany their humans to jobsites (actually, we love having dogs join us around the campfire!). However: HistoriCorps also follows the rules and regulations of our project partner. If the project partner does not permit dogs onsite, then HistoriCorps is no exception. Please ask HistoriCorps or the project partner directly if you have any questions about whether Fido is welcome.

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We are so excited to work with you! Please note that this project is capped at a maximum of 6 volunteers.

Volunteer Session: August 9-14

Kitchen Helper: August 9-14