The Colorado Fourteeners Initiative Volunteer Vacations
Colorado Fourteeners Initiative (CFI) Volunteer Vacations provide a unique opportunity for climbers and hikers who treasure the Fourteeners to help address the negative impacts of foot traffic on these fragile alpine environments. CFI has five Volunteer Vacations scheduled on Windom, Sunlight, and Eolus Peaks in 2007. Take a scenic trip while helping to protect and restore the beauty of Chicago Basin. These trips are expected to fill up quickly so sign up soon to get a spot!
-September 14-18 (seed collection)
The Need for Active Stewardship
Colorado’s high peaks are a treasured natural resource that inspire devotion from th ose who visit them. The Fourteeners provide opportunities to connect with the natural world, seek spiritual renewal, engage in healthful exercise, and escape from the pressures of daily life. Unfortunately, the popularity of the Fourteeners is causing a range of negative environmental impacts. With over 500,000 hikers attempting to climb these peaks annually, sensitive alpine habitats along many Fourteener routes have been severely damaged. Left untended, these impacted areas will continue to deteriorate rapidly. Without immediate intervention, the rare plant communities, wildlife habitat, and scenic beauty that make Fourteeners so special may be forever compromised.
Participants must arrive in
Day 1 requires a 3.5 hour train ride on the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad (complimentary tickets courtesy of the railroad provided with advance signup) and a 6 mile hike to the CFI basecamp carrying personal items and camping gear. CFI provides necessary work equipment.
Day 2-3 are project days, which start with a pre-dawn breakfast followed by a hike to the work site. Expect to work hard, with the reward of a great dinner back in basecamp.
Day 4 is a free day, with the option of unguided hiking (not covered by volunteer liability).
Day 5 involves packing up, hiking out, and catching the train back to Durango.
The Colorado Fourteeners Initiative
607 Tenth Street, Suite 306
Golden, Colorado 80401
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