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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

  • My Job as a Trail Builder  – August 18, 2014

    I consider trail building an art.  I have spent eight seasons constructing trails all over the country, and I have had the pleasure of working … Read More >>

  • Fourteener Climbing 101: Intro to Wilderness  – August 15, 2014

    A few years ago I spent the summer working on San Luis peak, Colorado’s least visited Fourteener. In total we spent two years working on … Read More >>

  • A Game of Cat and Mouse  – August 11, 2014

    Thunderstorms approach Head down under tree cover Sky Crackles with Light Part of working in these mountains is accepting the constant cycle of storms that … Read More >>

  • The Challenge Continues  – August 4, 2014

    So here we are, already at the beginning of August! The summer goes by quickly in the Colorado high country, probably because it only lasts … Read More >>

Hiker Education

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