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MISSOULA, MONTANA

Preserving the Legacy: Restoring Historic Buildings in Montana’s Clearwater Crossing

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Program #21160RJ
7 Days | 6 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Elevation Note
Work site and Lodging sits at 3800 feet elevation.

Equipment Requirements
Equipment will be supplied. Bring work clothes, gloves, safety glasses; comfortable, sturdy work/walking shoes or boots; water bottle (at high altitudes you are more susceptible to dehydration and altitude sickness. Carrying a water bottle with you and drinking plenty of water is of utmost importance to avoid these unpleasant and sometimes dangerous problems.) Bring your own tool belt with your favorite tools if you wish.

Itinerary for Sep 7 — Sep 13, 2014

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Type: Lodge

Description: The Hole In The Wall Ranch is one of Montana's most exciting and relaxing get-a-ways in the great Northwest, nestled in the remote picturesque Bitterroot Mountains. These mountains show you the unspoiled outdoors. The Ranch offers opportunities to take guest into the proposed Great Burn Wilderness for a beautiful ride on horseback as well as great fly fishing with Fish Creek running through the Ranch. The ranch offers 2 bedroom cabins with a king bed in each room. The also have 1 bedroom cabins with a king bed. Each unit has a queen sofa sleeper in the living room.

Contact info:
5255 Lower Fish Creek Rd
Alberton, MT 59820 USA
phone: 406-542-8076
web: http://holeinthewallranch.com

Room amenities: Each unit has a queen sofa sleeper in the living room and a modern bathroom with a tub and hot shower. Each unit has a refrigerator, coffee maker, SAT TV, DVD. WI-FI in all cabins and conference room and flat Screen TV's in all cabins.

Facility amenities: Amenities free to guests are a hot tub, horseshoe pits and a basketball court. The ranch also hosts numerous outdoor activities including Island Golf Greens, Rafting, Horseback Riding, Scenic Float Trips, Float Fish Trips, Mountain Bikes, and Wade Fishing.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: call for availabilty and price
call for availability and price1-800-683-6500


Day One: Sunday, September 07 - Check-in, welcome dinner, orientation and introdu...
Check-in, welcome dinner, orientation and introductions. Ranger Station staff briefs the group on the work project goals and the historic buildings on the work site

Afternoon: Check-in between 4 and 5 PM at the Hole in the Wall Ranch

Dinner: Home style dinner in the Hole in the Wall Ranch dining room

Evening: Orientation and introductions followed by preview of work project goals and an overview of the Clear Water Crossing historic buildings that need repair. The Clearwater Crossing Bunkhouse and Tool Shed are historic buildings that were part of the nearby Quartz Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) camp. The CCC was a Depression era program that put young men to work – many of the camps were located on national Forests. The CCC helped build trails, telephone lines, roads and completed a variety of other projects. After the CCC program ended, the buildings were moved to Clearwater Crossing to provide facilities for crews working in the Great Burn Proposed Wilderness. The buildings are used by the Ninemile trail crew, recreation staff, and for packing classes offered by the Ninemile Wildlands Training Center. The siding on the two buildings is in poor repair and needs to be replaced. The Tack Shed is an historic log building used to store saddles and tack for the strings of the Ninemile Ranger District and Northern Region Pack Train when they are working out of the site. The wood shingle roof on the Tack Shop also needs to be replaced.

Lodging: Hole in the Wall Lodge

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: The Hole In The Wall Ranch is one of Montana's most exciting and relaxing get-a-ways in the great Northwest, nestled in the remote picturesque Bitterroot Mountains. These mountains show you the unspoiled outdoors. The Ranch offers opportunities to take guest into the proposed Great Burn Wilderness for a beautiful ride on horseback as well as great fly fishing with Fish Creek running through the Ranch. The ranch offers 2 bedroom cabins with a king bed in each room. The also have 1 bedroom cabins with a king bed. Each unit has a queen sofa sleeper in the living room.

Contact info:
5255 Lower Fish Creek Rd
Alberton, MT 59820 USA
phone: 406-542-8076
web: http://holeinthewallranch.com

Room amenities: Each unit has a queen sofa sleeper in the living room and a modern bathroom with a tub and hot shower. Each unit has a refrigerator, coffee maker, SAT TV, DVD. WI-FI in all cabins and conference room and flat Screen TV's in all cabins.

Facility amenities: Amenities free to guests are a hot tub, horseshoe pits and a basketball court. The ranch also hosts numerous outdoor activities including Island Golf Greens, Rafting, Horseback Riding, Scenic Float Trips, Float Fish Trips, Mountain Bikes, and Wade Fishing.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: call for availabilty and price
call for availability and price1-800-683-6500


Day Two: Monday, September 08 - Project orientation, walk through and safety meet...
Project orientation, walk through and safety meeting. Work projects begin. Ninemile Ranger staff to do packing demonstration.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the ranch

Morning: Travel 1 mile from the ranch to Clear Water Crossing where the historic buildings are located. The morning will begin with a project orientation and safety meeting. The staff will give a brief history of Clear Water Crossing buildings as they walk through and describe the projects. The group will divide into work projects and work will begin. Work projects will include Replace siding on the historic Clearwater Crossing Bunkhouse and Tool Shed and re-roof the log Tack Shop. Clearwater Crossing is a remote administrative site used by Forest Service personnel working in the remote Great Burn Proposed Wilderness. The Crossing is also a hub for recreational activities with a campground, public corrals and a trailhead providing access to the extensive trail system throughout the Great Burn. The Great Burn Proposed Wilderness was named for the 1910 fires that burned through the area.

Lunch: Sack lunches on site.

Afternoon: Work projects continue through mid afternoon. Discover the significance of the buildings as the Ninemile Ranger staff give aa packing demonstration. See first hand how the the buildings are used by the Ninemile trail crew, recreation staff, and for packing classes offered by the Ninemile Wildlands Training Center Enjoy the remote and breath taking back drop of the Lolo National Forest as you work throughout the week.

Dinner: Home style dinner at the ranch.

Evening: Free evening to enjoy the hiking trails, do some fishing, horseback riding, enjoying the horse shoe pit, golf greens, or just relaxing as you escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life at the Hole in the Wall Ranch -- where spectacular alpine vistas, cozy cabins and Western hospitality preside.

Lodging: Hole in the Wall Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: The Hole In The Wall Ranch is one of Montana's most exciting and relaxing get-a-ways in the great Northwest, nestled in the remote picturesque Bitterroot Mountains. These mountains show you the unspoiled outdoors. The Ranch offers opportunities to take guest into the proposed Great Burn Wilderness for a beautiful ride on horseback as well as great fly fishing with Fish Creek running through the Ranch. The ranch offers 2 bedroom cabins with a king bed in each room. The also have 1 bedroom cabins with a king bed. Each unit has a queen sofa sleeper in the living room.

Contact info:
5255 Lower Fish Creek Rd
Alberton, MT 59820 USA
phone: 406-542-8076
web: http://holeinthewallranch.com

Room amenities: Each unit has a queen sofa sleeper in the living room and a modern bathroom with a tub and hot shower. Each unit has a refrigerator, coffee maker, SAT TV, DVD. WI-FI in all cabins and conference room and flat Screen TV's in all cabins.

Facility amenities: Amenities free to guests are a hot tub, horseshoe pits and a basketball court. The ranch also hosts numerous outdoor activities including Island Golf Greens, Rafting, Horseback Riding, Scenic Float Trips, Float Fish Trips, Mountain Bikes, and Wade Fishing.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: call for availabilty and price
call for availability and price1-800-683-6500


Day Three: Tuesday, September 09 - Work projects continue. Afternoon presentation on...
Work projects continue. Afternoon presentation on fire ecology from Ninemile Ranger Station staff.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the ranch

Morning: Travel to work site, daily briefing and continued project work.

Lunch: Sack lunches at work site.

Afternoon: Work projects continue. Break early and travel back to lodgings for afternoon presentation... Discover the processes that link the natural incidence of fire in an ecosystem and the ecological effects of this fire. Ranger station staff will discuss the role of fire prevention and fire as a natural and necessary contributor to habitat vitality and renewal. Consider the stewardship mission of Wildland Fire Operations and the vital role that WFO plays in overall successful ecosystem management.

Dinner: Home style dinner at the ranch

Evening: Free evening

Lodging: Hole in the Wall Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: The Hole In The Wall Ranch is one of Montana's most exciting and relaxing get-a-ways in the great Northwest, nestled in the remote picturesque Bitterroot Mountains. These mountains show you the unspoiled outdoors. The Ranch offers opportunities to take guest into the proposed Great Burn Wilderness for a beautiful ride on horseback as well as great fly fishing with Fish Creek running through the Ranch. The ranch offers 2 bedroom cabins with a king bed in each room. The also have 1 bedroom cabins with a king bed. Each unit has a queen sofa sleeper in the living room.

Contact info:
5255 Lower Fish Creek Rd
Alberton, MT 59820 USA
phone: 406-542-8076
web: http://holeinthewallranch.com

Room amenities: Each unit has a queen sofa sleeper in the living room and a modern bathroom with a tub and hot shower. Each unit has a refrigerator, coffee maker, SAT TV, DVD. WI-FI in all cabins and conference room and flat Screen TV's in all cabins.

Facility amenities: Amenities free to guests are a hot tub, horseshoe pits and a basketball court. The ranch also hosts numerous outdoor activities including Island Golf Greens, Rafting, Horseback Riding, Scenic Float Trips, Float Fish Trips, Mountain Bikes, and Wade Fishing.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: call for availabilty and price
call for availability and price1-800-683-6500


Day Four: Wednesday, September 10 - Work projects continue. Break early to enjoy afte...
Breakfast: Breakfast at the ranch

Morning: Travel to work site, daily briefing and continued project work.

Lunch: Sack lunches on site .

Afternoon: Work projects continue. Optional break in the mid-afternoon for free time to enjoy a trip to Missoula or out door activities that the ranch sponsors.

Dinner: Home style dinner at the ranch

Evening: Evening presentation by Ninemile Ranger staff

Lodging: Hole in the Wall Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: The Hole In The Wall Ranch is one of Montana's most exciting and relaxing get-a-ways in the great Northwest, nestled in the remote picturesque Bitterroot Mountains. These mountains show you the unspoiled outdoors. The Ranch offers opportunities to take guest into the proposed Great Burn Wilderness for a beautiful ride on horseback as well as great fly fishing with Fish Creek running through the Ranch. The ranch offers 2 bedroom cabins with a king bed in each room. The also have 1 bedroom cabins with a king bed. Each unit has a queen sofa sleeper in the living room.

Contact info:
5255 Lower Fish Creek Rd
Alberton, MT 59820 USA
phone: 406-542-8076
web: http://holeinthewallranch.com

Room amenities: Each unit has a queen sofa sleeper in the living room and a modern bathroom with a tub and hot shower. Each unit has a refrigerator, coffee maker, SAT TV, DVD. WI-FI in all cabins and conference room and flat Screen TV's in all cabins.

Facility amenities: Amenities free to guests are a hot tub, horseshoe pits and a basketball court. The ranch also hosts numerous outdoor activities including Island Golf Greens, Rafting, Horseback Riding, Scenic Float Trips, Float Fish Trips, Mountain Bikes, and Wade Fishing.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: call for availabilty and price
call for availability and price1-800-683-6500


Day Five: Thursday, September 11 - Work projects continue.
Breakfast: Breakfast at the ranch.

Morning: Travel to work site, daily briefing and continued project work.

Lunch: Sack lunches at the work site.

Afternoon: Continued project work. Option to break early to enjoy free time activities sponsored by Hole in the Wall Ranch.

Dinner: Home style dinner at the ranch

Evening: Free evening

Lodging: Hole in the Wall Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: The Hole In The Wall Ranch is one of Montana's most exciting and relaxing get-a-ways in the great Northwest, nestled in the remote picturesque Bitterroot Mountains. These mountains show you the unspoiled outdoors. The Ranch offers opportunities to take guest into the proposed Great Burn Wilderness for a beautiful ride on horseback as well as great fly fishing with Fish Creek running through the Ranch. The ranch offers 2 bedroom cabins with a king bed in each room. The also have 1 bedroom cabins with a king bed. Each unit has a queen sofa sleeper in the living room.

Contact info:
5255 Lower Fish Creek Rd
Alberton, MT 59820 USA
phone: 406-542-8076
web: http://holeinthewallranch.com

Room amenities: Each unit has a queen sofa sleeper in the living room and a modern bathroom with a tub and hot shower. Each unit has a refrigerator, coffee maker, SAT TV, DVD. WI-FI in all cabins and conference room and flat Screen TV's in all cabins.

Facility amenities: Amenities free to guests are a hot tub, horseshoe pits and a basketball court. The ranch also hosts numerous outdoor activities including Island Golf Greens, Rafting, Horseback Riding, Scenic Float Trips, Float Fish Trips, Mountain Bikes, and Wade Fishing.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: call for availabilty and price
call for availability and price1-800-683-6500


Day Six: Friday, September 12 - Final work day as projects are wrapped up.
Breakfast: Breakfast at the ranch

Morning: Travel to work site, daily briefing and continued project work.

Lunch: Sack lunches at work site.

Afternoon: Wrap up work projects

Dinner: Celebrate jobs well done with a closing BBQ outside offering a variety of steaks, chicken-a meal to remember!

Evening: Closing presentation by Ninemile Ranger Station staff and board of directors.

Lodging: Hole in the Wall Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Seven: Saturday, September 13 - Independent departures
Breakfast: Breakfast at the ranch.

Morning: Airport shuttle available. Call 406-239-2882 to make reservation.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.
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17 meals: 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 6 dinners
5 Expert-led lectures
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