40th Anniversary

1982 - 2021

1982 - 2021

Celebrating 40 Years of Stewardship

In 2021, RMFI is celebrating 40 years of stewardship! We couldn't have reached this phenomenal milestone without the support of volunteers and partners like you. That's why we will be celebrating all year long with events, prizes, and more! Stay tuned for all of the amazing things we'll be doing to celebrate with the community.

RMFI was founded on January 5, 1982 by Mark Hesse, an avid mountaineer and outdoor enthusiast, who had a vision of creating an organization to care and protect public lands in Southern Colorado. RMFI's original name was known as the American Mountain Foundation, and the organization was initially formed in to support expeditionary climbing. In 1997, Mark officially changed the group’s name to the Rocky Mountain Field Institute, and its focus to education, sustainability and organized maintenance of climbing areas. Now, 40 years later, RMFI still works at climbing areas, but has grown to encompass a much broader focus on stewardship, conservation, and education at all public land settings in Southern Colorado and the Pikes Peak region. 

Mark tragically passed away in a climbing accident on January 27, 2014. You can read more about Mark's life and impact here. We remain honored to carry on Mark's legacy as we continue to lead RMFI into many more decades of public land stewardship.

Enjoy some photos below of RMFI through the years.