Stumped

I’ll have to admit, when brainstorming a topic for a blog post this early in the season, I was a bit stumped.  Then the lightbulb turned on, and I thought, “stumped!  That’s it, how relevant!”   So over the last week, a few of us on the...

Missouri Loves Company

It’s an ass kicker from the get go. The unassuming aspen grove surrounding the trail head parking lot leads you to believe you might be in for a pleasant hike, but you’d be wrong. You set out with the weight of a rockbar, pack, and yesterday’s...

Early Season Training

Trail season 2017 is off to a running start! Or, in my case, a slushy, slogging start through the remaining piles and fields of snow at the base and on the trail of Quandary Peak. I’m back for my third season with CFI and second on Quandary, but the beginning of...

CFI and Sustainable Trails

This season I am excited to be moving into a new role with CFI. I will spend the summer on 18 different peaks throughout the state evaluating, assessing, and inventorying the condition of their trails. Several years back CFI’s Sustainable Trails Program was born with...

Claire Comes CLIMBing in Colorado

In the last two weeks of May, I managed to work my way through four final exams (which involved a whole lot of painstaking map-making, evaluating wildfires and vulnerability across Chilean urban landscapes, interpreting Champlain Valley bedrock geology, and analyzing...

Off the Beaten Path

This season the Mount Columbia trail reconstruction crew will utilize a grip hoist and cable rigging system to move building materials (rocks) from the upper slopes of the mountain to our worksite below. As the multi-year project progresses into the second season our...