Photographing Your Climbs

How to take better photos in the mountains. It would seem that taking great pictures on Colorado’s Fourteeners would be an easy thing to do given the natural beauty of the landscape.  But that’s not always the case. If you’ve ever reviewed your...

My Day’s Location is Solely Based on the Sun

We hike in, lopping branches the whole day, arms length for the horses. It is nearly 6 p.m. and we woke at 5 a.m. in order to catch the train from Durango to Needleton. We slowly make our way deeper in, feeling the heat radiate through our clothes and into our pores....

Sustainable Trails Program Update

The Sustainable Trails Program is in now in its second full season of comprehensive data inventory and analysis on the 14ers. Data on 23 routes, totaling 98 miles has been collected and analyzed with 19 routes scheduled to be inventoried in 2013. CFI uses this data to...

I Shake the Mountains When I Dance

Is it a bird? A plane? Is it…Superman? No! It’s another member of the Roving Backcountry Crew sounding the dawn chorus with a startlingly accurate bird-call, at 5 a.m. We’re on Missouri Mountain, camped at treeline and every day begins the same way....

Work Doesn’t Start and Stop at the Trailhead

On Thursday, Jason and I took a break from our four-day hitch on Mount Bierdstadt to scout this summer’s Adopt-a-Peak projects on Grays and Torreys. Driving early in the morning up the long and steep gravel road that leads to the Gray and Torreys trailhead, we...

Getting the Most out of Your Fourteeners Experience

Over the last week I had the pleasure of spending five days working on Mount Bierstadt. Throughout the week I got to talk to a myriad hikers of different ages, abilities and places. They all had one thing in common though: They were “going to the top.” When folks pass...