Something That Doesn’t Belong

I was hiking an alpine trail, surrounded by lush grass with wildflowers the color of the rainbow. Suddenly, I catch a glimpse of one of the only sights that could tarnish such a moment: an empty plastic water bottle! I thought to myself that another hiker must have...

Building and Bonding

As a member of the Adopt-a-Peak crew this summer, my co-leader Dylan and I roam from Fourteener to Fourteener, and from volunteer crew to volunteer crew. We work with crews ranging from 14 year old summer camp children from all over the world to health...

All Quiet on the Holy Cross Summit

The question of Wilderness has been plaguing my brain this past season.  I’ve worked trails in multiple states throughout the last three years and I have never encountered as many people at one trailhead, on one trail as I have this summer on Tigiwon road....

Moments of Education in Trail Work

I meet tons of volunteers as part of the Adopt a Peak crew with CFI. I often must introduce them to the importance of practicing Leave No Trace principles while hiking and camping away from human-built areas. Many times I hear “Oh! I never knew that. Now it...

My Job as a Trail Builder

I consider trail building an art.  I have spent eight seasons constructing trails all over the country, and I have had the pleasure of working with amazing artists and builders. The amount of dedication and work that goes into planning, designing, and construction of...

Fourteener Climbing 101: Intro to Wilderness

A few years ago I spent the summer working on San Luis peak, Colorado’s least visited Fourteener. In total we spent two years working on San Luis, rerouting the trail and hardening areas of high erosion potential. But if you went to San Luis today you’d...