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Lance Benzel

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  • Colorado Springs man dies while climbing mountain in Peru

    Updated: Fri, Jul 18, 2014

    A former Castle Rock man and recent Colorado College graduate was killed Monday in a climbing accident in Peru while attempting to scale a 19,000-foot peak described by one observer as a "beautiful deathtrap." The victim was identified by the Huarez Telegraph in Peru as Cole Kennedy....

  • 'Epic:' Thrills in store for mountain bikers at Wyoming's Curt Gowdy State Park

    Updated: Thu, Jul 17, 2014

    With its granitic boulder playgrounds, lavish meadows and creekside ribbons of smooth, fast, winding singletrack, Curt Gowdy State Park handily earns a spot in the mountain biking firmament. But don't take our word for it - look to the experts. "Epic" is the term the International...

  • B-17 wreckage a haunting hike in Colorado's high country

    Updated: Thu, Jul 17, 2014

    High in the Comanche Peaks Wilderness, the Flowers Trail cuts a stunning path through still-thawing meadows painted with colorful blooms. But along with the beauty comes a tragic back story. On June 13, 1944, an Army Air Forces B-17 flying a training mission out of Rapid City,...

  • Learn about pesky weeds

    Updated: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    It's a crash course in noxious weeds and a walk in the park, all rolled up into one. The Friends of Red Rock Canyon Open Space are inviting gardeners, outdoors lovers and amateur ecologists on a guided tour of pesky vegetation at Red Rock. It's scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Thursday. The...

  • Bikes at Vail Golf Club allowed on green to reach the greens

    Updated: Mon, Jul 7, 2014

    The Vail Golf Club just got a little greener. Riding a wave of enthusiasm for pedal power, the 18-hole public course in the central Colorado resort town is inviting players to hit the links on one of four new "golf bikes" - carbonless alternatives to motorized carts. Boasting...

  • Exploring Colorado's outdoors: There's an app for that

    Updated: Fri, Jul 4, 2014

    "Dude ... guess where I am?!" Once upon a time, discovering cell reception in the backcountry was a novelty worth broadcasting. Remember those annoying text messages you received from a buddy at the summit while you were stuck in a cubicle? But times have changed, and cellphones -...

  • In pilgrimage, a church asks forgiveness for role in 1864 Sand Creek Massacre

    Updated: Mon, Jun 30, 2014

    At a dusty memorial to a mass killing in eastern Colorado, Bishop Elaine Stanovsky says it's time to repent and seek forgiveness. "Part of our church tradition is to recognize our sins," she says while accepting a share of the blame for one of the uglier chapters in Colorado history....

  • Tragedies on waterways affecting Colorado rafting industry

    Updated: Mon, Jun 30, 2014

    River guides in Glenwood Springs have safely escorted hundreds of rafters this year, delivering tragedy-free thrills on the Colorado River. But try telling that to tourists turned skittish by reports of deaths elsewhere on Colorado's swollen waterways. "If you have bad news in one...

  • El Paso County to use grant to add to open space

    Published: Thu, Jun 26, 2014

    A $500,000 state grant from Great Outdoors Colorado will add a 63-acre parcel to a recreational area south of Fountain. El Paso County plans to use the award to purchase the Wedgewood Farms Preserve bordering Clear Spring Ranch, a 970-acre open space along Fountain Creek between Ray...

  • Grandeur of southern Colorado lakes provide reward for those willing to brave cold, wind

    Published: Thu, Jun 26, 2014

    At Macey Lakes in mid-June, wind reigns supreme. Perched high in the Sangre de Cristo Wilderness 80 miles south of Colorado Springs, this secluded, gusty chain of lakes is a favorite destination of hikers and backcountry campers, offering solitude and ethereal beauty at 11,500 feet....

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