A primary focus of the Rocky Mountain Field Institute is to develop strategies and techniques for mitigating climbing impacts in wilderness environs and restoring and/or reclaiming disturbed sites. RMFI has been working since 1992 to address the issue of climbing impacts on Colorado’s alpine peaks and basins. RMFI was a founding partner of the Forest Service's Colorado Fourteener Program and conducted hiking and climbing impact studies on all of the peaks over 14,000 ft. in the early 1990's. RMFI has completed extensive trail construction and restoration work on peaks in the Sangre de Cristo mountain range.
Humboldt Peak, located in South Colony Lakes Basin, was one of RMFI's first 14'er projects. The project included the stabilization and revegetation of a climber-created erosion gully between 12,000'-13,000', and the construction of a new summit trail.