Thankful for the Fourteeners

After my first year living in Colorado and working full-time for CFI I can’t help but scroll through my photos from this summer and marvel at the amazing landscapes I get to call my office. In hopes of sparking your own memories from climbing I’d like to share a few...

Mount Columbia Project Summary

Long regarded as one of the worst 14er hiking trails in the state, Mount Columbia is much overdue for new sustainably-aligned summit route. When CFI performed baseline route condition inventories in 2011-2013, Mount Columbia’s North Hornfork Basin route ranked...

Mount Eolus Project Summary

Well Folks, That’s a Wrap! Now that the numbers have been counted, gear packed up, reorganized, and all the tools have been cleaned and placed to rest for the winter setting in linseed oil, the mind is flooded with time to decompress and reflect upon the 2016 CFI...

Aeolus. God of Wind, Builder of Trails

Those who come up the mountain may see us at work, a crew of figures moving rocks, flipping with bars, moving things in bags, and crushing rocks. They may know who we are and what we are doing. Or they may think we are mining for gold. Some come up the mountain and...

Pre Project Prep: Mount Columbia

Most hikers can appreciate the amount of work it takes to build a trail from scratch. The hiking, the digging, the pushing around of giant rocks, the picking up and carrying of slightly less giant rocks… But how many folks think about what happens before anyone even...