The Sunspot shelter, which stands in the south side of the Rossland Range Recreation Site, just off the Seven Summits Trail, will soon be rebuilt in a new location.
In accordance with the Friends of the Rossland Range’s (FORR) management plan, the shelter will be rebuilt as a rodent-proof structure with an outhouse nearby. The new Sunspot will also be built in a slightly different spot — approximately 100 meters on the other side of the logging road that lies a couple hundred meters west of the current shelter — on a rocky knoll.
“The site is really open, so the cabin will face the south of course, but you have views to the west and to the north as well…,” says Raymond Gaudart, an organizer for the project. “It’ll get a lot of light — a lot more light than the old one — so it’ll be more of a sunspot than the other cabin really. It’ll live up to its name better.”
Part of the build will be defining a path from the logging road to the new spot so that supplies can be brought in, and then anchors need to be put in for the new footing posts.
“Then we’re off,” says Gaudart. “Should be pretty quick after that.”
Construction of the new shelter was made possible by a couple in Portland who donated $10,000.
“They’re people who have skied here for years and years, and they love the area and they know it well,” says Gaudart.
The Lepsoe family have also donated $500 to go toward a new stove for the shelter, and the plan is to reuse the old roof on the new shelter. Local artist Louise Drescher has agreed to paint the shelter door, just as her colleague Jenny Baillie painted the door for the new Viewpoint shelter, and the old Sunspot sign will likely move to the new cabin.
The goal is to have the new Sunspot up before the snow falls, and the project may still need more volunteers. While builders have already been recruited, Gaudart says they need some “young folks” to help pack out materials from the old hut. Anyone interested can contact Hobbi at 250-362-5960 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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