alpine -lake-in-beartooth-range-wilderness.net-photoClassic Broadwalk: Gallatin Wilderness Broadwalk

Dates:  August 14-18, 2014
Location: Based at Yellowstone Alliance Adventure Camp in South Cottonwood Canyon about 12miles from Bozeman, MT
Cost: members $170/non-members $195
Includes 4 nights camping, breakfast/dinner each day, hikes, speakers, service projects and more!

Events begin with happy hour/dinner on the first date listed and end with breakfast on the last date listed.

The spectacularly wild Gallatin Range north of Yellowstone National Park has been the focus of wilderness proposals for decades. It is the last significant portion of the Yellowstone Ecosystem with little protection. A recent lawsuit reminded the Forest Service that they must maintain its wilderness character as it was in 1977 pursuant to S.393, the Montana Wilderness Study Act.

The Gallatin Collaborative, a controversial effort, was initiated in 2012 to bring together the various stakeholders to help determine the future of the Hyalite Porcupine Buffalo Horn Wilderness Study Area and adjacent lands. This is a slippery slope that could diminish the Wilderness that the Forest Service is supposed to be protecting by bypassing the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process and taking a “false consensus” plan directly to Congress. This will be the focus of our Broadwalk weekend.

Hikes, speakers, service projects, advocacy, and fun interwoven throughout, this should be another fabulous Broad gathering where you can immerse in a deserving wild landscape. Join us!

Info on our camp location can be found at yaacamp.org. For those seeking a bit more comfort than camping there are two lodging options:

1) a bunk in a rustic A-frame cabin with no bathroom/shower amenities (except the common bathhouse), metal bunks with plastic covered “camp” mattresses. Each A-frame sleeps up to 10 people. Adds $25 more per night for this option = additional $100 for the Broadwalk

2) a bed/bunk in the modern, carpeted, 8-plex lodge. Each bunk room sleeps up to 7 on a combination of a queen bed and 3 bunks. These are great mattresses with a fitted bottom sheet and each bunk room has a full bathroom and showers. Adds $45 more per night for this option = additional $180 for the Broadwalk.

For either option you will need to bring your own pillow/towel/sleeping bag. There are also a few spots available with power and water for small RVs at no extra charge.

Go to greatoldbroads.org/events/broadwalks to read our cancellation policy and sign the liability release form. All participants are required to sign the release form.

To register, visit our e-cart at greatoldbroads.org/events-payment or send your check with name, address, phone, e-mail, and any other information you think pertinent to Great Old Broads for Wilderness, PO Box 2924, Durango, CO 81302. For more information, contact Rose at rose@greatoldbroads.org

Click here to download the event agenda– Gallatin Wilderness Broadwalk Agenda

Gallatin Broadwalk Agenda:

Thursday, August 14th:

3:00 p.m. – on             Registration. Participants arrive at our base for the weekend at Yellowstone Alliance Adventures (YAA) to set up camp, get settled in and get acquainted. (Please do not arrive before 2 p.m. Please check in/register with Broads BEFORE unloading or setting up any camp equipment)

5:00 p.m.                   Happy Hour (BYOB) to get acquainted

Visit with Joe Gutkoski and Louisa Wilcox, longtime conservation advocates

(possible appearance by Broad Comedy troupe)

6:00 p.m.                   Group Dinner at the Dining Hall (all meals provided by YAA)

7:15 p.m.                   Words of Welcome, Shelley Silbert, Executive Director and Rose Chilcoat, Associate Director A brief Introduction to Great Old Broads for Wilderness, our 25th Anniversary and the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act

7:30 p.m.                   Joe Gutkoski, Montanans for Gallatin Wilderness, Montana River Action, “A Lifetime of Advocacy:Looking Backward, Looking Forward”

8:00 p.m.                   Louisa Wilcox, northern Rockies conservation advocateSaving Wild Places, Wild Hearts – lessons learned from 35 years of conservation in the northern Rockies – A conversation that draws on the region’s successes and failures and looks to ways we can reinvent ourselves and our wilderness protection efforts.

8:30 p.m. or so         Campfire visiting or off to bed

Friday, August 15

7:00 a.m.                   Easy yoga (20 minutes or so) led by Shelley Silbert

7:00 – 8:00 a.m.       Group Breakfast at the Dining Hall

8:00 a.m.                   Jeremiah Kunzman, Volunteer Coordinator, Bozeman Ranger District, Gallatin National Forest lines us out on our service projects

8:30 a.m.                   Service Projects – After project orientation we will split into groups to carpool to the project areas (plan on helping your driver with gas $). Remember you need to provide your own trail lunch and drinks.

5:00 p.m.                   Happy Hour back at the campsite (BYOB). Conversation with Mary Erickson, Forest Supervisor, Custer and Gallatin National Forest

Silent auction begins. 50th Anniversary Quilt raffle begins

6:00 p.m.                   Group Dinner at the Dining Hall

7:00 p.m.                   Barb Cestero, Montana Director, Greater Yellowstone Coalition, “Fifty years of Work to Gain Wilderness Protection for the Gallatin Crest and We’re Not There Yet!”

8:00 p.m.                   Patti Steinmuller, board member, Montana Wilderness Association,explains the Gallatin Community Collaborative effort

8:30 p.m. or so         Campfire fun or off to bed

Saturday, August 16

7:00 a.m.                   Easy yoga (20 minutes) led by Shelley Silbert

7:00 – 8:00 a.m.       Group Breakfast at the Dining Hall

8:15 a.m. – ?             Hikes – We’ll get out and explore with guided hike options for various abilities ranging from longer hikes to shorter hikes. Hike options/details will be provided at registration.

5:00 p.m.                   Happy hour back at camp (BYOB).

Holly Hill, Coordinator, Wilderness and Recreation Partnership – informal sharing about this unique group’s vision, projects and the interface between mountain bikes and wilderness

5:45 p.m.                   Group Photo

6:00 p.m.                   Group Dinner at the Dining Hall

7:00 p.m.                   Shelley Silbert, Presentation of 25 Ageless Advocates.

Suez Jacobson, Professor of Economics, Regis College, CO, presents “Why Wilderness? A Catalyst for Change”, the concept behind a new film project

8:30 p.m. or so         Campfire …storytelling, sharing or off to bed

Sunday, August 17

7:00 a.m.                   Easy yoga (20 minutes) led by Shelley Silbert

7:00 – 8:00 a.m.       Group Breakfast at the Dining Hall

8:15 a.m. – ?             Hikes – We’ll get out and explore with guided hike options for various abilities ranging from longer hikes to shorter hikes. Hike options/details will be provided at registration.

5:00 p.m.                   Happy hour back at camp (BYOB)

Advocacy action time – letter writing or ??

6:00 p.m.                   Group Dinner at the Dining Hall

7:15 p.m.                   Doug Smith, project leader for Yellowstone Gray Wolf Restoration Project in Yellowstone National Park, presentation. Rose Chilcoat, Weekend wrap-up…next steps

8:30 p.m. or so         Sharing around the campfire

Monday, August 18

7:00 – 8:00 a.m.       Breakfast at the Dining Hall

8:00 a.m.                   Break camp, farewells…time to head home or out for more wild explorations.