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...

Tweeting an Average Day on Holy Cross

Many times every day on the trail, Eric and I field questions from hikers, equally curious about why on earth our grubby duo is moving a huge rock as they are eager to catch their breath from the steep approach to Holy Cross. Even people familiar with CFI and the type...

Crush, Crush, Crush!

The art of making large rocks become small rocks is what we in the trail business refer to as “crush.” Iron vs. rock; man/woman vs. mountain. It all begins at this, the most basic of levels. When a Southwest Conservation Corps crew member ask me what needs...

Gregory: The Eolus Crew Foreman

Each day a family of mountain goats follows us to work. They usually meet us at sunrise by Twin Lakes, though sometimes they are waiting at the tool cache, lying half under a tarp. The largest, a male named Gregory, sees himself as something of a foreman. He walks up...