Finding the Word to Sum Up a Season

What does it feel like to open 3,300 feet of new, durably constructed, sustainably located trail? No one word can describe that specific moment. The combination of relief and elation that accompanies graduating college is the best comparison I can make. In the final,...

Reflecting on My Summer on Holy Cross

Here I am, back in Snowmass Village, job free, watching the leaves change color and waiting for the snow to fly. I finally have a moment to reflect back on my summer fixing the trail up to the summit of Mount of the Holy Cross near Minturn. I am most happy about my...

Preditors in Action on Uncompahgre

The Roving Backcountry Crew put in a second hitch on Uncompahgre Peak on September 11-19, and it couldn’t have started any better. We met with Field Programs Manager Coby Gierke for a quaint breakfast in Gunnison, then headed south toward Lake City. As we arrived at...

Feedback Needed on Southwest Fourteeners Campaign

Plans are shaping up for CFI’s Southwest Fourteeners Campaign that will perform major trail reconstruction and vegetation restoration work on both El Diente Peak and Mount Eolus over the next three field seasons. Proposals will be written this fall for statewide...

Ode to an Awesome Intern

This is my third season on the trail, and I’ve got to tell you it’s been the best one yet. I’ve had the outstanding fortune to develop a wonderful working relationship with my Outdoor Leadership Intern, Jessica Wagner. I’ve watched her grow as a leader and...

The Hypercompetitive Roving Backcountry Crew on La Plata Peak

The La Plata Peak trail starts off near Independence Pass west of Twin Lakes and climbs one-and-a-half miles to an open, football field-sized meadow just below treeline. La Plata, the fourth-highest peak in Colorado, stands proud looking southeast of the valley. The...