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Comment Archives: stories: Columns: Hiking Bob

Re: “Leave your stinkin' drone at home

This article is inaccurate, or perhaps laws have changed since this article was written and today. I reviewed city of Colorado Springs ordinances, and that rule about rocks and arrows and airplanes has a part in it that is omitted at people or in a reckless manner. Not at all the same intent. Bottom line - FAA owns the airspace, you have to adhere to federal laws, not city laws, on what goes on in it. Best cities can do to restrict usage is say where you cant land or take off.

Itd be helpful if people like Bob had some middle ground. Leave your stinking drone at home basically means leave it in its box. Where would you fly it? Should we restrict bikes because they ride fast or dogs because I heard of someone who got bit? I know hikers who have disturbed wildlife so maybe Bob shouldnt be allowed to hike? Drones are coming/here. Help craft a solution instead of sticking your head in the sand and just saying no. Its all of our land and we all have a right to use it (appropriately).

I hope other readers of this article also realize how much research in understanding the law drone operators go through. I personally have contacted airports, hospitals (heliports), parks districts, and spent countless hours researching policy online to try to figure out where I can fly a two pound object that poses virtually no risk to anyone if I operate it correctly.

Posted by Alex C on 09/21/2018 at 3:43 PM

Re: “Hiking the new Lake Moraine Trail

Glad to see you made it out Bob!

Posted by VazzedUp on 09/07/2018 at 6:11 PM

Re: “Hiking Crystal Trail in Green Mountain Falls; Lake Moraine and Dixon trails near completion; and Rainbow Falls to reopen

Looking forward to visiting rainbow Falls once it opens and enjoying the other beautiful trails as well

Posted by meghanred on 08/28/2018 at 10:12 PM

Re: “Leave your stinkin' drone at home

Why don't we just make breathing against the law. Why let all that precious oxygen go to waste on humans when we could be saving the birds!

WAH. And by the way let's all worry about BOB and how he HATES to hear DRONE NOISE on his precious walks in the morning. After all this is all about what BOB hates.

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Posted by Sid Davis on 07/25/2018 at 9:45 PM

Re: “Leave your stinkin' drone at home

I totally agree that there shouldn't be drones flying around in the National parks. It would be nice however if there were certain days or a special permit that could be obtained to do some aerial photography in certain areas of during of strictly regulated times or days. Ive seen loud motorcycles blasting through the forests. Hunting is also allowed. Nothing disturbs an animal more that someone hunting it.. Haha I do hunt too.

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Posted by Jared Kennedy on 07/08/2018 at 11:47 PM

Re: “Snowshoe basics to keep you on the trails this winter

MSR Lightning Ascents... my favorite snowshoes. Best I've seen for side sloping (walking across a steep slope, where poor snowshoes can let you slide sideways down the hill.

Posted by Katy Lynn Davis on 06/13/2018 at 8:32 AM

Re: “Leave your stinkin' drone at home

I own a drone and plan on using it when and where I can. Im aware of National Park rules and consider the safety of wildlife a top Priority. What I dont care for are Bullies like Take a Hike Bob whos use of stinking this and that trys to belittle others by his purest views. Yes Bob theres a time and place but Ill decide when to leave the drone at home and do not need your advice. Just like you, the drone is a tool, one I find useful in photography and filming.

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Posted by WildWillyCO59 on 05/20/2018 at 5:05 PM

Re: “Leave your stinkin' drone at home

Many people here seem to be saying that "there are other problems worse than drones" as the basis of your pro-drone argument. And hey, I think we all agree there are several other major issues facing our national parks! But just because there are other problems (cars, cell phones, dogs, etc) does not mean that we shouldn't put a hard ban on drones. "Whataboutism" isn't a good argument. Drones are clearly annoying visitors and wildlife. While these devices provide very cool videos for their owners, it seems obvious that 1% of drone owners shouldn't be ruining the experience for the other 99% of visitors. Full stop. Sure there are other issues, but this seems like a pretty easy call. Ban 'em.

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Posted by sjohnson301 on 05/10/2018 at 2:03 PM

Re: “10 difficult hikes that are actually difficult

Chautauqua isn't really difficult, especially if you do it counter-clockwise. Others that deserve to be on this list include Blodgett Peak (5.5 miles, 2400 feet), Thunder Butte (6.5 miles, 1675 feet), Mt Garfield (11 miles, 3575 feet), Sentinel Point (11 miles, 3200 feet), and Cameron Cone. The easiest route from the top of Crystal Park is about 6.25 miles and 2300 feet, but I've also done it from the gate house - 14.5 miles, 4200 feet. That was a long day.

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Posted by Dan I on 05/06/2018 at 11:12 AM

Re: “10 difficult hikes that are actually difficult

Bison's kind of steep for a stretch above the pass, but otherwise a pretty mellow hike. Amazing summit area. Nearby Buffalo Peak is supposed to be pretty difficult.

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Posted by DHiker on 05/04/2018 at 11:11 PM

Re: “10 difficult hikes that are actually difficult

Thank you! I confess I thought exactly the same thing about the Gazette article. Great photos too :).

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Posted by doonya on 05/04/2018 at 5:01 PM

Re: “Give bears their space

It would be interesting to know how many people have been physically harmed by our little bears here. My experience with our bears is that they are no threat to humans, particularly if you use some common sense. Do nothing to enrage the bears, just turn and walk away. They don't want to mess with you any more than you do them. Secure food and garbage. Don't tempt them. Don't leave food in your car. And remember, we are living in their territory. If you don't like it, you may want to relocate.

Posted by coloradosprings on 04/17/2018 at 2:53 PM

Re: “Give bears their space

Many backpack waist buckles have whistles built in. Take a close look and you might find you already have one with you.

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Posted by jrbd on 04/14/2018 at 7:15 PM

Re: “Give bears their space

Yep, bear generally want nothing to do with hikers. Hunters are more likely to run across one.

Agree, a safety whistle (What? You don't carry one? You should always have one when hiking.) is a great deterrent. Not a big fan of bells (noise polution). But one of those small disposable air horns will definitely do the trick.

I also run into far too many people who want/insist on carrying a handgun for bear protection. I am about as pro-firearm as people are ever likely to encounter, but I have to tell them, bear spray is far more effective than a handgun. And multiple studies agree. If people want to carry, so be it (but please carry safely), but if they are using bears as an excuse to do so, they are deluding themselves. And for those carrying those Judges and Defenders -- um, no -- if you are going to carry, carry something more useful and appropriate. Still, people are better off leaving the firearm at home and packing the spray.

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Posted by Dave H on 04/14/2018 at 2:11 PM

Re: “Incline Friends ante up for Barr Trail and RMFI

One thing which was overlooked is the promised new downhill trail for Incline users. What is the status on that? It's no surprise that the lower Barr Trail has suffered abuse. Anybody could see this coming, and it was discussed in the initial meetings years ago, then promptly ignored. We're all going to find out that it costs a lot more money to attempt to fix a trail than it would have been to protect it in the first place! Especially when the trail continues to get pounded by too many people and switchback-cutters.

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Posted by Nicole Rosa on 04/07/2018 at 9:45 AM

Re: “Cog Railway closure could impact recreation on Pikes Peak

One of the excuses touted by the Broadmore was the inavalability of parts and equipment. Stradler Rail took over the rack railway business of the Swiss Locomotive Works and manufactures new rolling stock and parts for the Abt rack system used by the Pike's Peak Cog Railway. The Abt rack system is the most common in use. On the other side of things the Mount Washington Cog Railway is the oldest rack railway in the world and uses it's own home brewed Marsh rack system. Everything on this operation was home made and built in house.

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Posted by Roger Mitchell on 03/18/2018 at 4:31 PM

Re: “Cog Railway closure could impact recreation on Pikes Peak

John Duprey,

The city HAS a mountain top gift shop. And small eatery. I guess you have never been up there. There are several buildings up there. What the city is planning on doing is replacing some of the old buildings with a newer, more attractive building.

As for Anschutz trying to control the concessions, this move would certainly not have that effect. Instead, it will force more people to take the toll road and drive up -- and Anschutz doesn't control the toll road, the city of Colorado Springs does.

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Posted by Odin on 03/18/2018 at 1:52 PM

Re: “Cog Railway closure could impact recreation on Pikes Peak

This has a bad smell to it already, and it smells like Broadmoor blackmailing City (that means US) into coughing up the cash for a new train or costly refurb of the existing track & rolling stock. We've seen this movie before. Remember when the hotel decided to fold Ski Broadmoor? City Council responded with "Haruump! Haruump! Ski Broadmoor is a city 'gem'---, we must save it, damn the cost!" And COST it did! Here we go again, folks...

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Posted by JayJay on 03/18/2018 at 1:40 PM

Re: “Cog Railway closure could impact recreation on Pikes Peak

So why swap the land?
The COG is an awesome tourist attraction and I wouldn't swap land now. Not for access to where people will no longer be parking. All the things a company does for free most likely becomes a tax deduction somewhere.

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Posted by TruB on 03/18/2018 at 9:21 AM

Re: “Cog Railway closure could impact recreation on Pikes Peak

So wasn't the city planning to build a new mtn top gift shop? Is this a play by Anschutz to control the concessions? I hope the plan to build atop Pikes Peak is scrapped with this closure!

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Posted by John Duprey on 03/18/2018 at 9:16 AM

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