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Hiker Education

Peak Stewards

Through CFI’s “Peak Stewards” program, volunteers play a vital role in educating Fourteener hikers about Leave No Trace practices designed to minimize on-the-ground resource impacts.  Talks at education and outreach events, including REI’s “How to Climb a 14er” clinics, reach hikers before they leave town. Peak Stewards also serve as ambassadors in the field, contacting hikers while climbing Fourteeners to reinforce Leave No Trace practices, as well as monitoring visitor actions for the Forest Service.

Volunteers undergo a thorough two-day training program before being deployed to the peaks or community talks. A day of classroom training covers background information about alpine plants and animals, Forest Service visitor regulations, Leave No Trace practices developed specifically for the high-alpine Fourteeners, and visitor contact skills. Classroom training is followed by a day of field training, so volunteers can put theory into practice.

Once trained, Peak Stewards commit to spending four days per season making contact with hikers out in the field or doing outreach events. Volunteers can choose when and where they work, but are encouraged to devote attention to high-use Front Range peaks on heavily used summer weekends. Contact CFI if you are interested in serving as a Peak Steward.

Peak Steward Resources

Leave No Trace Open Workshop

In January of 2015, it was announced that Mount Bierstadt would be designated as a Leave No Trace Hot Spot, meaning special efforts will be made towards education of how to prevent further impacts on the peak. As a part of these efforts, an open Leave No Trace workshop will be held on Monday, July 20th at the Idaho Springs Work Center for anyone who wants to be trained in Leave No Trace skills and learn more about sustainable, low-impact hiking. The workshop will run from 9:30am to 12:30pm. If you are interested, register using the link below:

We hope you can join us!