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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

  • Seasons of Wonder  – September 30, 2014

    Not everyone has a chance to experience the wilderness as I have this season. I have had the opportunity and absolute privilege to see the … Read More >>

  • 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 >>

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.