The Challenge Continues

So here we are, already at the beginning of August! The summer goes by quickly in the Colorado high country, probably because it only lasts for about 10 weeks. We are about half of the way through our project, considering the time we are given with our SCC (Southwest...

How Many People ACTUALLY Hike 14ers?

  This summer, CFI has placed 5 TRAFx counters on trails of popular 14ers. These counters use infrared beams to count hikers, marking every time a warm body moves past. We constructed cairns to house the counters and protect them from weather, animals, and...

A Rock to Move, a Stair to Build, a Seed to Plant

Today I am writing from the comfort of a cozy little house in the town of Minturn, CO. Usually, I can be found in the Holy Cross Wilderness, which is a different kind of cozy from the house in Minturn.   This season, I find myself with a new organization and in a...

Designing a Sustainable Trail

It has been an amazing experience working alongside CFI and the U.S. Forest Service to assist with trail design, and I am fortunate to witness all of the hard work that goes into this process. Before starting with CFI, my knowledge of trail work was limited.  In a...