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Comment Archives: stories: Columns: Hiking Bob

Re: “Leave your stinkin' drone at home


"One of the issues is privacy violation. I don't want to be filmed without consent by strangers from a buzzing device flying 50' away from me."

You have no right to privacy if you're in a public place. Security cameras are ubiquitous....and perfectly legal. They are recording your image every day. Drones in open public airspace get the same treatment. They do not need your consent.

Posted by Bill W. on 02/18/2018 at 8:23 AM

Re: “Leave your stinkin' drone at home

One of the issues is privacy violation. I don't want to be filmed without consent by strangers from a buzzing device flying 50' away from me. Would you feel comfortable if you were filmed getting into your car, going to work, and your family filmed too? It's the same thing. Invasion of privacy.

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Posted by Injecting Common Sense on 02/17/2018 at 7:46 AM

Re: “Hiking during hunting season, and free park access on Veterans Day

Fully agree: Stay on the trails, wear bright clothing. It is good advice any time of the year, but during hunting season, it is even more important.

Also, stay away from the animals. Do not feed them, don't try to get close to them for a selfie, don't try to pet them, etc. Not only is feeding them ILLEGAL, but you may also put yourself in the way of a hunter. Furthermore, you may be charged harassing wildlife AND for animals like elk and deer, hunting season comes around the rut and the animals can be even more dangerous than normal during the rut.

Hunters try to clearly identify their target and are responsible for making sure they have a clear line between them and their target and beyond their target. And for the most part, they do a very good job. The majority of gunshot deaths and injuries involving hunters involve shooting themselves or other hunters, not hikers, and normally are due to handling issues, not mistaken targets.

By simply wearing something bright, you can make it much easier for them to see you and identify you as a human.

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Posted by Dave H on 01/22/2018 at 1:14 PM

Re: “Hiking during hunting season, and free park access on Veterans Day

Good advice Bob. Had some hikers stumble right into the area where I was elk hunting this fall, with their dog running loose. No bright clothing, nothing. Didn't even have a clue it was opening weekend. I explained to them the risks they were taking and they turned around and headed out.

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Posted by Katy Lynn Davis on 01/16/2018 at 3:21 PM

Re: “Volunteer advisers, employees, and elected officials work together to administer parks

Bob, I appreciate your explanation in the Colorado Springs Independent regarding how policy gets made and who's responsible for decisions in the parks. One question that I don't think you answered; how did the blue frame get mounted in the park without any pre-publicity? When changes like that are proposed, wouldn't it be useful to have a public debate about it prior to having it mounted? Who has the power and gall to just give the order and have a thing like that mounted in the park? Is this not something that should not have happened in the first place? And what steps are being taken to make sure that such a thing can't happen again?

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Posted by coloradosprings on 01/07/2018 at 12:17 PM

Re: “Visiting Hanging Lake? You may need to plan ahead.

Having lived in Colorado Springs a significant span of my life, I have seen firsthand the growing problems of overuse of many areas, including Garden of the Gods. From bumper to bumper parking and drive through, to too many people with no climbing experience doing dangerous moves on the rocks to the excessive litter that always comes with too many people. I remember the days of only dirt roads and a park that felt relaxed and spacious - those days are gone - sadly.

I get it though, needing to get away from metro life and experiencing nature. But are we - when were experiencing nature with so many people around? Even if it meant limited access for me (I used to run the park four days a week last time I lived there), I would support limited access or access by annual lottery style draws with each month limiting the number of people allowed to access the park(s) on a daily basis. I also believe that Colorado residents should be granted first access before other states or countries.

Its understood the parks need to generate income, but I believe its time to meet budget and forgo excess if possible. These parks need to be preserved for future generations to come. Limiting access and banning some people permanently for being destructive or trashing the parks (or strong fines) is a much needed practice for all our parks - city, state and national.

Everyone deserves to experience the wonders of our parks - but its no fun when its overcrowded and full of the trash many leave behind. I, for one, Love our parks. I dont look forward to being in them anymore the way I used to. I generally drive to more obscure locations not yet discovered by the masses.

I support establishing whatever measures help preserve our parks for the future, even if it means less availability for me or others like me. Im sure the support needed for considering new parks access measures will be there when the time comes to implement them.

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Posted by Winfried on 12/30/2017 at 9:20 AM

Re: “Outdoor gift ideas for the holidays

When $160 is seen as 'affordable'.

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Posted by TruB on 12/11/2017 at 11:20 AM

Re: “Leave your stinkin' drone at home

What about all the Harley Davidson motorcycles riding through the national and state parks. Way louder than any drone. The FAA officially controls the airspace not the parks or the city or anyone else.

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Posted by Scott Heinz on 10/18/2017 at 1:19 PM

Re: “Hiking Waldo Canyon then and now

Bob, although I appreciate your report (and I enjoy bushwhacking from time to time myself), isn't this report, in such a public format, going to encourage excessive damage from myriad social/rogue trail production? Shouldn't we work toward the establishment of "official" trails to minimize further destruction? Thoughts?

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Posted by John C. Spengler on 10/16/2017 at 9:31 AM

Re: “Mohawk Lakes road trip hike, and Ring the Peak events

The web page for more information regarding the RTP events is:…

Posted by Hiking Bob on 09/01/2017 at 6:28 PM

Re: “Leave your stinkin' drone at home

I own a drone and rarely fly it because I am worried I will offend someone or break some law I don't know about. What a waste of 1200 bucks. I think there is a time and a place for drones, I just wish people wouldn't get so worked up about them. If you fly around 200 feet, you can't hear it, at 400 feet, you can't even see it, what's your issue really? Ever seen a diesel truck, like a ford just spew out diesel fumes every time they punch the gas pedal just to do it and make a big cloud of black crap... now that upsets me, but you don't see me going crazy.

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Posted by Jeff Powers on 08/10/2017 at 12:01 AM

Re: “Road Trip Hike: Grizzly Lake

The senior pass is for mature folks 62 and up not 65.

Posted by on 07/16/2017 at 8:18 AM

Re: “Leave your stinkin' drone at home

not like a photographer, click click click click disrupting the peace and quite of the forest constantly harassing wildlife with their incessant clicking.

drones used responsibly are no more annoying then a conversation between hikers, the sound of an approaching hiker, or a photographer taking picture after picture.

and chasing birds off. in most cases, i've seen raptors interested in drones, as are smaller birds. a responsible drone user won't harass wildlife or people. just enjoy using their camera that just happens to fly.

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Posted by Joshua Hiebert on 07/13/2017 at 11:37 PM

Re: “Making lasting memories after life

What a great way to honor someone's memory. My grandmother told us that at her funeral she wanted us to sing happy uplifting songs. In a way it reminded us of how positive she was all her life. Thank you for sharing your experiences, he seemed like a good guy.

Posted by Jack Tichener on 07/13/2017 at 10:29 AM

Re: “Leave your stinkin' drone at home


So you want kids banned from National Parks because they might also disrupt your quiet time? How about dogs?

You have this mistaken belief that your desires are more important than others.

Next, you are giving out bad information. I can fly a drone over a National Park, a city park and a county parks. I just may not take off or land from them. They do not control the airspace over the park, only the land.

Drone operators may not harass wildlife or fly directly over people.

If you are going to write about this stuff, you might want to actually learn the laws instead of thinking you know what they are, or what you hope they are.

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Posted by Jimmy Cline on 07/10/2017 at 7:29 PM

Re: “What's with those bent trees?

A Navajo Ancient "The Planter".........................Enjoy, Tom ...

Posted by Tom Stauffer on 06/11/2017 at 9:40 AM

Re: “Leave your stinkin' drone at home

With some common sense, we can all have both a degree of peace and extraordinary video/photos. sUASs are still in their infancy. And with some creative thinking, we can make it right for all sides of this discussion. Those folks that care for quiet like Bob. Those that don't mind (like Odin), and those (like me) who just want a stunning angle to see something so beautiful (without interrupting Bob's hiking peace). Regulations requiring licensing, quotas for use in national and state parks (like x scheduled drone flights at a designated location(s) between y and z times). These are the things we have to think about. Similarly the way the gentlemen mentions ATVs, we can grow into this new sUAS age in an equitable manner. First and foremost is requiring licensing (and suspension) for even non commercial. What say you?

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Posted by Robert 1 on 06/10/2017 at 10:56 PM

Re: “New trail and Intemann Trail re-route in Section 16 and Red Rocks Canyon

All of the cyclists and runners with whom I've spoken are upset over the new sanitized sections of Intemann Trail. The technically challenging sections that some cyclists had to carry their bikes over are what made Intemann Trail special. Why dumb it down when there are plenty of easier trails for those who prefer them in the area?

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Posted by JennyCraig on 05/12/2017 at 1:50 PM

Re: “Photo tour: West Woodmen Trail loop in Blodgett Peak Open Space

Parking is available at the Trailhead on Blodgett Ranch Trail. The parking restrictions mentioned in the article were removed in 2016

Posted by Andrew Bird on 05/09/2017 at 10:38 AM

Re: “Pikes Peak Birding and Nature Festival has it all


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Posted by Jim Bensberg on 05/05/2017 at 7:31 PM

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