The X Factor

This year on San Luis Peak our project site is two miles above tree line. That means two miles from safety during a thunderstorm. That means we start hiking at 4:30 a.m. every morning. Part of the job hazard is weather. The majority of our work occurs in monsoon...

The Roving Backcountry Crew Lives up to its Name

Tim here reporting in from the Roving Backcountry Crew. Over the past two weeks the RBC has lived up to its name, hitting three separate 14er trails in nine days. We spent several days last week on Mount Massive with a summer camp group from long-time partners Sanborn...

Porcupines and Pictures

Hello everybody! Miriam here from Maroon Peak. So the season is in full swing. Base camp is up, new tread is dug, and staircases are being built. The trail is lookin’ good and I am very pleased with the progress! The porcupines have invaded our camp! They are...

A Great Crew, Great Work, and Fourth of July in the Wilderness

After two long, eight-day work hitches in the backcountry, I could not be happier with the work our crew has accomplished thus far. We have completed some great staircases, beautiful walls, and cut lots of new tread. The new trail is coming together quickly and I hope...

Not a 9-to-5 kind of gig

4 A.M. I wake up. Slam a cup of coffee. Pull on my work boots. I count in minutes, seconds, moments, shades of skylight. But, I find that often time is something that cannot be reduced down to a stopwatch; rather it is cataloged and recorded out here in rock steps,...

Why We Hike Mountains

Over the last several weeks I’m getting to know a different type of mountain-goer than I am used too: the peak bagger. While I will often look at a distant peak and have a strong internal urge to stand on top of it, I had never kept track of which mountains I’ve...