SUPPORT CFIEvery donation counts!

SUPPORT CFIEvery donation counts!

Donations from individual Fourteener enthusiasts play a critical role in CFI’s field successes. Gifts match restricted grants, while funding expenses many foundations and corporations will not cover, such as feeding field crews and transporting crews and supplies to remote trailheads.

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UPDATESWhat we've been doing

  • A Return to the Primitive  – September 22, 2014

    In the Wilderness Act of 1964, which we can thank for areas like the Holy Cross Wilderness, part of the definition of wilderness contains the … Read More >>

  • From Sea Level to Summit  – September 19, 2014

    I drove from Atlanta to Colorado in early August knowing little about what the next two months doing trail maintenance may entail.  Soon enough I … Read More >>

  • The Tail End  – September 15, 2014

    It’s the time of the year, the end of the field season.  There is a light at the end of the tunnel, an end to … Read More >>

  • Something That Doesn’t Belong  – September 8, 2014

    I was hiking an alpine trail, surrounded by lush grass with wildflowers the color of the rainbow. Suddenly, I catch a glimpse of one of … Read More >>

Volunteer Options

Volunteer stewardship is the cornerstone of CFI’s peak preservation work. For the last several years volunteers have put in more than 1,000 days over CFI’s four-month field season helping protect the Fourteeners. Volunteers perform needed trail stewardship and education work to meet CFI’s preservation goals. The in-kind value of volunteer labor counts toward meeting CFI’s matching requirements for many grants. Here are ways you can help.

Trail Construction and Restoration
Trail and restoration projects provide hands-on opportunities for individuals to help CFI, including building new, sustainably located summit trails, closing and revegetating unplanned trails, and performing annual maintenance on heavily used trails. Projects protect native alpine plant communities, while keeping summit trails in good shape for Fourteener hikers.

Click here to volunteer on a 2014 CFI trail maintenance or restoration project!

Hiker Education and Outreach
Volunteer “Peak Stewards”represent CFI at community outreach events and play a key role educating and monitoring the estimated 500,000 hikers who climb the Fourteeners every year. Ensuring that Fourteener hikers know about—and follow—Leave No Trace practices is vital to protecting the rare and fragile alpine tundra ecosystems found on these peaks.

CFI will have two Peak Steward trainings in 2014: May 3rd in Silverthorne and May 10th in Denver. Both training sessions run from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Contact the CFI office for details.

Group Projects and Corporate Partnerships
Through CFI’s Adopt-a-Peak program, organized groups—businesses, hiking clubs, schools, youth camps, etc.—commit to help maintain a Fourteener by providing at least 20 person-days of volunteer labor annually. Projects include regular maintenance on the peak’s standard route, repairing trail structures that have deteriorated, and revegetating denuded areas.