The Deal on Volunteer Vacations

A group from the American Hiking Society volunteered on the North Maroon Peak restoration project one week this summer. Each of the five participants came from a different state, none of which was around here. When I asked what brought them to the Maroon Bells for...

Find Your Rome

Rome wasn’t built in a day. The mountain is Rome. We are simply building a wall around it to keep it standing. We are not trying to make it any easier to summit, nor to make it pretty in any way. We actually do our best to keep Rome’s natural look. I know...

How to Interact with a CFI Trail Crew

The Adopt-a-Peak crew has tackled projects on 15 different peaks this summer. In our travels, Ben Sample and I have noticed that many 14er hikers have no idea what to do when they encounter us. So, for the benefit of the hiking community (and next summer’s crews), we...

Bearanoia Strikes Again on San Luis!

Though I have slept in the woods for more than 300 nights during my trail work career, sometimes sleeping alone in my tent in the middle of nowhere is terrifying. On my first true wilderness backpacking trip at the age of 19, I had a complete, undeniable case of...

Colorado College Students Make Big Impact

During the last week of August students from Colorado College were nice enough to come out and volunteer with several CFI crews. All incoming freshman and transfer students they are required to participate in some sort of volunteer project for their new student...