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Lance Benzel

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  • Colorado Springs woman's solo climb at Yosemite shatters speed record

    Updated: Thu, Aug 14, 2014

    In her early 20s, Jes Meiris of Colorado Springs fell into what she calls the "climber's vortex of addiction," when climbing became a daily pursuit. Still chasing thrills more than a decade later, the now 32-year-old fixture of the local climbing scene has pushed herself into rare...

  • Time set for Monday's Manitou Springs Incline closure; hikers encouraged to make last trip

    Updated: Wed, Aug 13, 2014

    Act fast if you're looking to hike the Manitou Incline. The heart-pounding climb in Manitou Springs will close at 6 a.m. Monday for four months of repairs, said Colorado Springs parks officials, who announced the time of the closure at a news conference Tuesday held at the base of...

  • Warnings, not citations, issued to recreational shooters in banned Mt. Herman

    Updated: Tue, Aug 12, 2014

    The lead's still flying at Mt. Herman. A month after the U.S. Forest Service implemented an emergency ban on recreational shooting at Mt. Herman in Monument - citing near-misses in which bullets have whizzed past other trail users - the shooters keep on arriving, locked and loaded....

  • Forest Service bans recreational shooting in Mount Herman area

    Updated: Tue, Aug 12, 2014

    A strip of U.S. Forest Service land between Monument and Woodland Park is now off-limits to recreational shooters. The Forest Service said safety concerns stemming from increased use in the Mount Herman area led to its decision to ban recreational shooting along Mt. Herman Road, or...

  • No Manitou Incline, no problem. Satisfy that Incline itch with these area trails

    Updated: Mon, Aug 11, 2014

    On a rebar-studded slope in Pikes Peak's shadow, it packs more pain per square foot than some hikers care to endure. Many others grow hopelessly addicted. It's true: There's nothing quite like the Manitou Incline, a heart-pounding, mile-long ascent up an old tourist railway that's...

  • Conflict over Manitou Incline closure date results in no change

    Updated: Fri, Aug 8, 2014

    Organizers of the Pikes Peak Ascent and Marathon are pushing for an earlier closing date for the Manitou Incline, saying that a potential boom in Incline-related foot traffic could slow or endanger competitors. Colorado Springs parks officials - who are overseeing a planned $1.6...

  • Cleanup effort on Mt. Herman dedicated to Colorado Springs crash victim

    Updated: Thu, Aug 7, 2014

    A Colorado Springs couple is asking volunteers to pitch in with cleanup efforts on Mt. Herman in Monument in memory of a son who died in a recent motorcycle crash. Steven and Debbie Siefert are hosting the all-day "Devin John Siefert Memorial Clean-up and Barbecue" event onSunday....

  • Weigh in on plan for Ute Valley Park

    Published: Thu, Aug 7, 2014

    Have an idea to spruce up Ute Valley Park? Now's the time to make your voice heard. The city of Colorado Springs is seeking feedback for its Ute Valley Park Master and Management Plan, which will detail plans for the site, including any new trails or uses. The community involvement...

  • Mountain Equipment Recyclers Inc. giving away $50 vouchers to celebrate donation milestone

    Updated: Wed, Aug 6, 2014

    Psst . heads up. There's money in the streets, but you'll have to run for it. Mountain Equipment Recyclers Inc. of Colorado Springs is hiding one $50 voucher redeemable at its South Tejon Street store around town each day for 10 days. To get a taste of the $500 giveaway, you'll...

  • Seedy secrets of the pioneering Old Colorado City come alive with new App

    Updated: Mon, Aug 4, 2014

    Two elks named Thunder and Buttons marched through the streets. Underground tunnels offered discreet passage to brothels. And while the storefronts looked respectable enough, they were just facades slapped up on rough-hewn log cabins to dress up an Old West frontier town. It's...