Lance Benzel

Out There Reporter

  • 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...

  • Male sought in attempted sexual assaults at Monarch Ski Area

    Updated: Sat, Jan 3, 2015

    An assailant tried to sexually assault two teenage girls at Monarch Ski Area within the past two weeks and fired a gunshot during one of the attacks, authorities say. In each case, the male - believed to be a teen - first rode a lift with the intended victim, then followed her down a...

  • Find self-enrichment through Colorado's riches in 2015

    Updated: Sat, Jan 3, 2015

    If self-improvement is part of your New Year's schemes, rejoice: We live in a place that begs to broaden your horizons and whip you into shape. In the Pikes Peak region, hundreds of trails thread our mountains and our parks. Our peaks cry out to be summited and our forests explored....

  • State Parks 'First Day Hikes': Reflect on the new year in nature

    Updated: Wed, Dec 31, 2014

    Across most of the country, Jan. 1 is a day of lingering headaches and college football on TV - but you're in Colorado, so why not get out and explore? Colorado Parks and Wildlife wants New Year's Day revelers to get their boots on the ground - and their butts off the couch - by...

  • AdAmAn club set to make traditional New Year's Eve hike

    Updated: Tue, Dec 30, 2014

    It's an exclusive New Year's Eve bash on top of the world, but there's just no getting around the dress code. If you want to survive this party, wear two of everything. "I'll probably be about three layers deep," said Mark Copelin of Manitou Springs, who at 54 will be ringing in...

  • Sky Zone, other sites help kids stay on the move

    Updated: Mon, Dec 29, 2014

    t's Friday afternoon and 10-year-old Sarah Kaczmarek is bouncing off the walls and getting away with it. She's not alone. At Sky Zone Colorado Springs, a 33,000-square-foot indoor trampoline park that opened in June, stunts that might lead to a stern word and a "timeout" in school...

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