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UPDATESWhat we've been doing

  • The Perspective Inspired by Chicago Basin  – October 25, 2013

    “Each landscape allows or inhibits perspective, and that creates the culture.”                                                   -archaeologist, Tom Windes I am sitting outside the basecamp tent, watching the rabbits … Read More >>

  • Colorado College Project Brings Back the Memories  – October 11, 2013

    It seems every time I go on trail I get asked how I landed in my position. Did you study forestry? How many years of … Read More >>

  • The Deal on Volunteer Vacations  – October 4, 2013

    A group from the American Hiking Society volunteered on the North Maroon Peak restoration project one week this summer. Each of the five participants came … Read More >>

  • Find Your Rome  – September 30, 2013

    Rome wasn’t built in a day. The mountain is Rome. We are simply building a wall around it to keep it standing. We are not … Read More >>

Build

Colorado Fourteeners Initiative’s cornerstone trail reconstruction projects build sustainably located, designed, and constructed summit trails using durable, native materials. CFI’s goal is to ensure every Fourteener has at least one sustainable summit route to minimize impacts to the surrounding alpine terrain. Work is focused on the most fragile ecological zones containing alpine tundra plants. These areas are generally located above timberline and before one reaches areas of solid talus and rock. To maintain the natural character of Fourteener trails and reduce the ecological impacts of construction our crews build walls, staircases, and other structures out of native materials that are found adjacent to the work site. In steep and hazardous terrain, complex high-line trams are built to move rocks from more distant locations to the trail work site.

From project initiation by our partners at the Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management, through reconstruction performed by CFI crews, building a sustainable summit route can take seven years or more to complete and can cost between $250,000 and $500,000 to build.