With Each Trail Comes a New Challenge

The best part about trail work, is that you learn a whole bunch of rules – how to set rocks, where things should go, where they shouldn’t go – and then you get to break all of the rules.  Nature does what she wants, and doesn’t give a hoot about your so...

Eating Out (On the Trail)

The most important part of the day for me is eating! If you were wondering how we get all this amazing work done on the trails, the answer is usually good food. Hiking, rolling rocks, digging holes, and staying warm all require very high calorie meals. I prefer to...

Making Progress on El Diente

Hi everyone! Good to be back on El Diente. This season we have opened the new trail we built last year and closing the old trail! We spend our days restoring the old trail by scarifying the ground, planting lots of plugs, setting check dams, and felling trees to...

A Learning Experience

aBecca and I with our beautiful truck on Mt. Princeton Howdy Folks! My name is Robin Zeller and I am one of two Outdoor Leadership interns working with CFI this season. I have the least experience with building trails of anyone else on our team, meaning I have been...

A Day in the Life on Holy Cross

Up on Holy Cross our field work varies week to week, Our tasks bounce around from rock work and other trail maintenance to patrolling campsites.  Sometimes we hike to alpine lakes throughout the Holy Cross Wilderness to see what kind of impact people are putting on...

The Work that Will Last a Century

For the past few years I have been doing trail work deep in the wildernesses of Idaho and Montana. The majority of my work has been logging-out trails, which is where you cut and clear a log that is obstructing a trail. It’s extremely fun work and mentally...