Endemic Species

Most of us don’t think of endemics or even know what the word endemic means. The basic definition, provided by dictionary.com is, “1. Natural to or characteristic of a specific people or place; native; indigenous; 2. Belonging exclusively or confined to a particular...

Appreciations

The difference between a fairy tale and a cowboy story is that one starts with once upon a time in a land that’s far-far away and the other starts with this is some real s**t. This really happened! This is some of the first information I gathered at the Rocky Mountain...

Adopt-a-Peak, Adopt-a-Crew. You Must Be, Adapt-a-You.

When I decide to ponder about how working with the Colorado Fourteeners Initiative has changed my views on trail work and the future of what that means to me, I often reflect on this job I have taken: Many places, many people and sides of rock faces. Different paths...

Eating Outside

Cooking while camping can be a challenge! After many hours and miles on the trail, sore from accomplishing valuable work, deciding on a delicious dinner sometimes seems overwhelming. So, one of my favorite ways to add some nutritious variety is through sauce! This...

Conservation and Preservation: an Essential Balance

In the trail construction industry, it is common to meet a large number of individuals who found their way into this line of work through a season or two with non-profit Conservation Corps. For instance, many of the Colorado Fourteeners Initiative employees cut their...