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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

  • Pre Project Prep – Mount Columbia  – September 29, 2016

    Most hikers can appreciate the amount of work it takes to build a trail from scratch. The hiking, the digging, the pushing around of giant … Read More >>

  • Aeolus. God of Wind, Builder of Trails  – September 26, 2016

    Those who come up the mountain may see us at work, a crew of figures moving rocks, flipping with bars, moving things in bags, and … Read More >>

  • It’s All a Learning Curve  – September 23, 2016

    “Learn to get in touch with the silence within yourself, and know that everything in life has purpose. There are no mistakes , no coincidences, … Read More >>

  • Opening Day  – September 19, 2016

    4:45 in the morning. We rest by Twin Lakes, like always, waiting for the crew to regroup after the steep ascent. This morning is special, … Read More >>

Educate

Educating the estimated half-million people who climb the Fourteeners annually is vital to reducing impacts on the rare and fragile alpine tundra found on these peaks. A small number of hikers engaging in impactful behaviors can cause a greater amount of damage to native vegetation than a large number of hikers using minimum impact techniques. Colorado Fourteeners Initiative uses a multi-pronged strategy to educate Fourteener enthusiasts nationwide about Leave No Trace practices, including web videos, community presentations, trailhead kiosks, and on-mountain talks. Short videos on a number of educational topics ranging from alpine botany to mountain weather are posted on CFI’s YouTube Channel. During peak hiking season, CFI gives talks at Denver-area REI stores as part of the company’s “How to Climb a Fourteener” clinics. Educational trailhead kiosks have been installed at many of the most popular Fourteener trailheads. Volunteer “Peak Stewards” donate their time to educate hikers on the peaks about ways to protect fragile alpine ecosystems from damage due to inappropriate use. Since 2002, Peak Stewards have volunteered more than 1,200 days educating the hiking public.