Lance Benzel

Out There Reporter

  • Garden of the Gods earns another honor with Colorado Springs trail enthusiasts

    Updated: Thu, Jan 22, 2015

    And the winner is . Garden of the Gods. Again. A new ranking of the Top 25 trails in the Pikes Peak region settled on one of the area's more popular and more lauded tourist attractions for its No. 1 spot. It's little wonder. The list was compiled by the Colorado Springs Convention...

  • Big storms bring rare treat for Nordic skiiers

    Updated: Thu, Jan 22, 2015

    now still was piled on tree branches the morning Carson Black sighted his quarry: a prime cross-country ski spot smack in the middle of Colorado Springs. "It doesn't happen a lot - maybe three or four times a year," said Black, a retired dentist who made the best of a storm that...

  • Holiday period fuels strong numbers for Colorado ski areas

    Published: Thu, Jan 22, 2015

    A trade association representing most of Colorado's winter resorts is trumpeting a strong opening to the season. Skier and snowboarder visits during the first 21/2 months were "1 percent off" the pace of last season's record-breaking turnout at 21 resorts represented by Colorado Ski...

  • Group seeks updates for aging Colorado Springs asset

    Updated: Mon, Jan 19, 2015

    Dave Weesner displays unvarnished pride when discussing the 92-year-old Colorado Springs City Auditorium, but he's quick to state the obvious. The place could use a little freshening up. During a recent visit to the downtown arena and theater at 221 E. Kiowa St., Weesner joined...

  • 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...

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