Lance Benzel

Out There Reporter

  • Colorado Springs man sets Manitou Incline record despite suffering from diabetes

    Updated: Mon, Jan 19, 2015

    To the growing body of myths surrounding Manitou Incline excess and adventure, Greg Cummings adds the tale of a rare odyssey. Think of him as the guy who marched to the firmament and back. A day before the Incline closed in August for repairs, the Colorado Springs resident says he...

  • Grant will help pay for dead tree removal in Black Forest

    Published: Thu, Jan 15, 2015

    El Paso County Parks has received $50,000 in grant funds to repair a flood-battered section of Fountain Creek Regional Trail and to remove dead trees in Black Forest. The money comes courtesy of Great Outdoors Colorado, a trails initiative funded by state lottery proceeds. In June,...

  • Colorado Springs climbers face conundrum over ice

    Updated: Thu, Jan 15, 2015

    High in North Cheyenne Canon Park, Isaac Hamilton scratches at a thin, pockmarked layer of ice and recounts better days in the life of a climber. Standing at the base of frozen Silver Cascade Falls, the local guide points to walls of exposed rock that in previous years boasted thick...

  • Draining popular Colorado reservoir will mean loss to anglers

    Updated: Thu, Jan 15, 2015

    Denver's water utility announced this month that Antero Reservoir will be drained by summer, delivering a dual blow to anglers of the Pikes Peak region. Not only will fishing enthusiasts lose access to a treasured destination west of Hartsel - one of few within driving distance - they...

  • Tackling a frozen 14er? Be prepared — and learn the dangers

    Updated: Thu, Jan 8, 2015

    Bound for Pikes Peak's frozen summit, Carl Lindeman was less than a half-mile from his prize when a 100-mph wind gust intervened. It tossed him like a rag doll - all 6-foot-4 of him. "The wind was so severe, it picked him and his 40-pound pack up and blew him back twice until he...

  • Rider in Residence: Memoir details thrilling, rough-riding origin of mountain biking

    Updated: Thu, Jan 8, 2015

    On pre-World War II-era steel they bombed the fire roads of greater San Francisco, their wheels trailing smoke from the burning grease in their hubs. Braking wasn't really an option for the pioneers of mountain biking. On Mount Tamalpais of the mid-1970s - hallowed ground in the...

  • Salida could see new trails under BLM plan

    Published: Thu, Jan 8, 2015

    An increasingly popular trail system in Salida is poised to expand under a Bureau of Land Management recreational plan. The BLM on Monday began accepting public comments on a proposal to build approximately 9 miles of new singletrack at Arkansas Hills and Methodist Mountain, twin trail...

  • Monarch Mountain, sheriff: Attempted sex assaults not kept from public

    Updated: Tue, Jan 6, 2015

    Monarch Mountain ski area and the Chaffee County Sheriff's Office are drawing fire for not providing earlier notice of a would-be sex predator on the slopes.
Criticism flared on social media through the weekend after the Sheriff's Office announced Friday that authorities were searching...

  • At Springs Rescue Mission, top chefs teach the 'hungry' to cook

    Updated: Sun, Jan 4, 2015

    Even as he honed his craft in some of the region's top restaurants, chef Tyler Peoples couldn't shake a nagging question. Were any of his customers "actually hungry"? A search for more authentic appetites pushed Peoples - a veteran of 2South Food and Wine Bar in Old Colorado City...

  • Homestead supply store in Colorado Springs offers trip back in time

    Updated: Sun, Jan 4, 2015

    To stroll through Buckley's Homestead Supply in Colorado Springs is to be amply reminded of what modern consumers take for granted. Among the wares on display at the one-of-a-kind shop at 1501 W. Colorado Ave. are chicken coops, butter churns, soap-making supplies and fermentation...

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