Alpine Vegetation and the Struggle to Survive

Existing high on mountaintops, above 11,000-11,500 feet in elevation, the alpine tundra takes hold. This rugged landscape experiences strong and frequent winds, harsh ultraviolet radiation, and extended periods of cold temperatures. These ecosystems, much like a...

Meet the Llamas!

For the first time ever in the history of CFI we used llamas this season to assist with our pack-in deep into Chicago Basin and they were awesome! Traditionally here at CFI we have used horses and mules to help get all of our gear up, but this year we used a combo. A...

Early Season on Quandary

This year my work for CFI is focused on Quandary Peak, just south of Breckenridge. We’re four weeks into our season, and time is flying by!  I’m enjoying my time on the mountain immensely and am fascinated by the constant changes that take place. Life at high...

Scrambling in Solitude

I couldn’t figure out which part was worse; the fact it was 8 o’clock in the evening and darkness was already beginning to fall or that there was now more than 1000 feet of elevation in between me and my sleeping bag. We had just hiked down from Summit Lake on the...