More Assault on the Peak Photos

September 2nd, 2010

Assault on Pikes Peak Above Timberline

I posted a few of my best photos from the Assault on the Peak a few days ago. Now I’ve uploaded over 200 photos broken up into 2 albums. The first album is from the start to Crystal Reservoir and the 2nd one is from above Crystal Reservoir. Those albums are now also linked from my original Assault on the Peak photo page.

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Assault on the Peak Results

August 30th, 2010

Assault on the Peak

Although the Assault on the Peak was a bike ride instead of an actual race, they timed the riders at the toll gate, Glen Cove and the summit. Even if there wasn’t timing, I have no doubt some would have ridden it as a race for bragging rights. Leroy Popowski won the bragging rights for the next year of being the fastest up Pikes Peak with just his own power since 2 guys on electric assist bikes beat him to the top.

See Assault on the Peak photos here.

First Last Age Sex Tollgate Glen Cove Summit
*- Kyle Hale 27 M 24:00.f 01:12.1 1:46:59
* – Jim Turner 54 M 24:00.f NO 1:46:59
Popouski Leroy 35 M 37:21.f 01:28.6 2:17:33
Jayson Middlemiss 39 M 24:00.f 01:34.3 2:28:20
Jonathan DeLacey 42 M 27:36.f 01:38.4 2:33:54
Jesse Jakomait 33 M 27:36.f 01:38.4 2:33:57
jonathan bearden 30 M 24:00.f 01:38.4 2:36:25
Scott NagelKerke 29 M 29:13.f 01:44.1 2:40:40
Jenkins Chris 41 M 29:55.f 01:45.1 2:41:25
Mark Lowe 36 M 27:36.f 01:43.2 2:44:13
Adam Pulford 45 M 29:13.f 01:46.4 2:46:32
Darryn Biggerstaff 37 M 27:36.f 01:46.2 2:46:53
Patrick Coady 38 M 30:50.f 01:49.3 2:47:10
Robert McFadzean 33 M 30:50.f 01:50.6 2:49:07
Dale Lembke 50 M 29:13.f 01:47.2 2:49:25
Mark Wisner 37 M 29:34.f 01:48.1 2:51:37
jack bissell 37 M 30:07.f 01:50.2 2:53:22
Ron Bollenberghe 44 M 29:34.f 01:49.5 2:53:32
Ned Harding 42 M 29:55.f 01:49.5 2:56:06
Thomas Ramsey 58 M 30:02.f 01:49.3 2:56:23
Kevin Keenan 54 M 27:36.f 01:49.5 2:57:01
Chuck Ankeny 49 M 33:24.f 01:53.5 2:59:14
Norman Alvis 47 M 24:00.f 01:49.3 2:59:38
Christopher Jones 43 M 31:56.f 01:58.6 3:00:54
Dan Knight 49 M 32:49.f 01:58.6 3:03:20
glenn clark 42 M 35:18.f 01:52.3 3:03:40
Dave Gillespie 43 M 30:07.f 01:53.5 3:06:37
Kevin Healy 55 M 30:28.f 01:54.4 3:08:23
Douglas Jansen 48 M 30:46.f 01:55.5 3:09:23
John Wedeking 40 M 32:15.f 01:58.3 3:09:28
David Rosenbaum 41 M 31:56.f 02:00.3 3:09:59
Peter Scovile 35 M 33:07.f 02:00.0 3:10:04
beth fisk 35 F 31:11.f 01:59.3 3:10:16
David Myer 49 M 32:36.f 02:01.2 3:11:08
Beverly Zimmermann 47 F 36:09.f 02:05.3 3:12:06
Fred Baxter 56 M 35:06.f 02:01.6 3:12:59
Lesley Butler 38 F 30:02.f 01:58.2 3:13:51
Mark McCafferty 50 M 33:24.f 02:03.6 3:14:13
Harvey Gould 46 M 33:24.f 02:00.4 3:14:49
Bennett Hug 43 M 32:36.f 01:58.2 3:15:30
Karen Delich 45 F 32:05.f 02:00.4 3:16:43
David Glover 39 M 30:46.f 02:02.3 3:16:43
jan silfverskiold 57 M 32:05.f 02:00.4 3:16:43
Randy Moschetti 58 M 34:08.f 02:06.2 3:17:10
Gordon Richardson 42 M 33:24.f 01:56.5 3:17:17
Bill Weakley 37 M 37:11.f 02:05.3 3:17:36
Andrew wacker 49 M 34:26.f 02:05.3 3:17:42
Colin Struthers 22 M 35:06.f 02:03.1 3:18:50
Ed Poremba 54 M 37:21.f 02:08.1 3:20:25
Michelle Blessing 47 F 34:08.f 02:06.2 3:22:00
Amy Bertsch 40 F 34:26.f 02:06.6 3:22:39
Jim Rolf 47 M 33:24.f 02:06.6 3:22:39
Guillermo Rojas 37 M 33:07.f 02:02.1 3:23:23
Evan Wedsworth 23 M 36:09.f 02:07.4 3:23:47
George Rooney 51 M 33:10.f 02:06.2 3:27:23
dave kraig 54 M 35:18.f 02:05.5 3:27:39
Mike Rosenthal 55 M 33:07.f 02:07.3 3:29:29
Jeffrey Larson 47 M 33:10.f 02:08.1 3:29:33
John Swartz 62 M 40:17.f 02:16.4 3:30:03
Wendy Jewsbury 56 F 36:51.f 02:11.3 3:31:39
Travis Stone 35 M 37:21.f 02:09.4 3:32:13
Robert Gaffney 42 M 32:20.f 02:11.0 3:32:50
Callum Shayer 18 M 40:17.f 02:09.1 3:33:05
Douglas Edmundson 41 M 39:40.f 02:17.1 3:33:42
Dennis Driscoll 55 M 36:43.f 02:15.3 3:34:41
Kristin Riley-Lazo 41 F 37:21.f 02:17.5 3:34:52
Bowman Dean 60 M NO 02:14.6 3:35:50
Kenneston Miller 48 M 36:01.f 02:08.4 3:36:22
Gregory Lindquist 27 M 36:56.f 02:08.4 3:36:38
Tim Beaudin 51 M 36:09.f 02:14.1 3:37:39
John Clarke 45 M 34:08.f 02:12.4 3:38:08
Don Hull 43 M 34:08.f 02:15.3 3:39:03
Acuff Russ 51 M 37:21.f 02:16.4 3:39:30
Terry Struthers 56 M 38:18.f 02:19.0 3:41:50
Dennis Saccher 45 M 34:26.f 02:15.3 3:43:33
Douglas Hoover 43 M 33:10.f 02:13.6 3:44:16
Mary Blomquist 40 F 36:56.f 02:19.0 3:45:18
Dave Thomson 59 M 34:37.f 02:16.4 3:46:52
Ben Loyall 45 M 37:58.f 02:15.3 3:46:58
Jim Stanec 31 M 35:18.f 02:14.6 3:47:18
Nick Sherwood 41 M 34:42.f 02:16.1 3:47:44
Daniel Oltrogge 48 M 35:18.f 02:16.1 3:49:19
Rob Roth 14 m 33:51.f 02:10.6 3:49:58
Austin Buckett 34 M 36:09.f 02:17.2 3:49:58
David Eye 51 M 35:18.f 02:17.5 3:50:52
Andrew Meyer 44 M 37:21.f 02:16.4 3:51:14
Debbie Beckwith 46 F 39:29.f 02:17.2 3:51:45
James Lane 50 M 35:50.f 02:26.5 3:52:37
Cramer Cathy 46 F 40:40.f 02:28.2 3:54:10
Greg Berger 48 M 38:07.f 02:21.2 3:54:20
KEITH JACKSON 37 M 36:56.f 02:24.2 3:54:45
chris blees 38 M 36:09.f 02:20.3 3:55:15
Andy Andreasen 42 M 34:37.f 02:19.3 3:56:29
Kristen Andreasen 31 F 34:37.f 02:20.1 3:56:29
Chris Woody 38 M 33:10.f 02:19.0 3:56:46
Darren Buck 42 M 35:06.f 02:19.0 3:58:30
jamie jordahl 36 M 37:21.f 02:26.4 3:58:30
Jennifer Finley 43 F 36:56.f 02:22.3 3:59:04
Tom Rathbun 46 M 35:06.f 02:23.0 3:59:53
Tim Figge 47 M 36:43.f 02:20.2 4:00:28
Tracy Earles 48 M 38:18.f 02:28.2 4:01:53
David Allen 47 M 38:18.f 02:22.3 4:02:49
bill dunston 46 M 34:37.f 02:14.3 4:03:18
Kristina Tocce 35 F 42:10.f 02:33.3 4:03:40
ERIC ALEXANDER 31 M 36:01.f 02:23.0 4:04:00
Don McNaul 43 M 37:21.f 02:19.0 4:04:04
Karl Hensler 23 M 34:26.f 02:11.6 4:04:24
Lester Busche 38 M 37:51.f 02:25.6 4:04:45
Patrick Naughton 56 M 38:18.f 02:25.6 4:05:02
T.S. Kelso 55 M 36:09.f 02:24.2 4:05:49
Bill Beckwith 48 M 39:29.f 02:29.1 4:05:54
Aaron Johnson 29 M 36:09.f 02:19.3 4:08:58
Charles Whelan 40 M 36:43.f 02:25.5 4:11:23
Judd Rohwer 37 M 41:29.f 02:34.4 4:11:26
Bryan Mahan 19 M 37:46.f 02:30.5 4:11:57
randy allen 61 M 42:10.f 02:31.0 4:12:03
Paul Trousil 48 M 39:05.f 02:25.3 4:12:03
Monica Dobbin 40 F 43:44.f 02:38.0 4:12:15
Paul Elliott 27 M 37:11.f 02:29.4 4:12:45
Mark Rau 43 M 36:56.f 02:20.5 4:12:57
Chuck Myers 43 M 42:10.f 02:33.2 4:13:01
Mike Kauspedas 28 M 42:39.f 02:24.2 4:14:01
Geoffrey Lindquist 29 M 38:18.f 02:26.1 4:14:32
Charlie Ayers 51 M 42:22.f 02:30.5 4:15:06
Curtis Lavoie 29 M 36:09.f 02:19.3 4:15:28
Peter Rondinone 47 M 36:43.f 02:28.3 4:15:28
TREVOR DOWNEY 40 M 36:09.f 02:23.0 4:15:38
Jay Alexander 47 M 39:23.f 02:31.0 4:19:50
Stockton Baker 53 M 42:10.f 02:37.2 4:21:07
Gary McKee 51 M 39:50.f 02:32.3 4:21:43
Abrams Mickey 54 F 45:18.f 02:43.5 4:21:43
Abrams Gene 55 M 37:21.f 02:39.5 4:21:43
Mike Nault 46 M 46:36.f 02:40.0 4:21:58
Dan Nolan 48 M 39:40.f 02:36.2 4:22:34
Caleb Kruse 18 M 45:41.f 03:00.3 4:23:00
Dominique Chavanon 52 M 38:56.f 02:40.5 4:23:10
max mahan 19 M 38:18.f 02:37.5 4:23:20
Michael Spencer 44 M 43:44.f 02:33.0 4:23:35
Farrel VanWagenen 46 M 51:16.f 02:42.5 4:23:45
Matthew Babiash 26 M 39:40.f 02:44.1 4:23:55
Kelly LeBlanc 45 F 44:33.f 02:47.0 4:24:01
John Rink 56 M 42:54.f 02:43.3 4:25:53
Eddie Baxter 56 M 47:12.f 02:45.5 4:26:30
James Sheffield 32 M 43:17.f 02:38.1 4:27:16
Erin Ewers 40 M 41:55.f 02:39.2 4:27:30
Benjamin Sanderse 25 M 39:50.f 02:29.1 4:27:30
John Bell 49 M NO 02:44.2 4:27:55
Steven Paul 51 M 40:17.f 02:39.5 4:28:34
Lisa Rainsberger 49 F 41:00.f 02:42.0 4:29:40
Allison Jones 26 F 37:11.f 02:29.4 4:30:14
jay Freeman 54 M 40:04.f 02:38.1 4:34:16
Ronald Leasure 55 M 42:10.f 02:42.5 4:36:08
David Spilsted 47 M 40:17.f 02:36.0 4:36:52
Randy Lindsey 57 M 43:44.f 02:47.4 4:37:58
Paul Santagata 33 M 40:17.f 02:40.0 4:38:42
Sara Richman 37 F 43:06.f 02:39.3 4:38:50
David Kosley 53 M 44:33.f 02:40.0 4:38:54
Gary Withrow 42 M 46:02.f 02:55.3 4:39:03
Jodi Peterson 49 F 43:37.f 02:46.3 4:39:23
Mike Jorgensen   M 41:00.f 02:47.1 4:39:36
Patrick Fisher 50 M 37:21.f 02:43.5 4:40:01
Mike Tierney 50 M 46:02.f 02:49.1 4:40:10
Andrew Palowitch 50 M 40:40.f 02:44.1 4:40:29
Mark McKenna 40 M 43:37.f 02:43.3 4:41:27
Ed Susman 51 M 42:10.f 02:46.0 4:44:31
Jurgen Leiser 69 M 45:03.f 02:55.1 4:46:23
Jack Swope 44 M 45:03.f 02:53.2 4:47:39
Frederick Collins 57 M 43:37.f 02:46.0 4:48:30
Frank Brown 54 M 41:10.f 02:38.4 4:49:18
Claro Palma 49 M 41:29.f 02:41.3 4:50:28
Rob Anderson 44 M 44:00.f 02:40.5 4:52:15
Ric Reifel 44 M 44:45.f 02:52.3 4:53:41
Michael Kultgen 49 M 41:10.f 03:00.1 4:53:47
Mary Crystal 53 F 42:10.f 02:52.1 4:54:48
Dave Stieber 55 M 49:03.f 03:05.5 4:55:55
Thomas Walton 50 M 42:10.f 02:41.4 4:55:59
Stan Gingrich 50 M 46:02.f 03:05.5 4:56:24
Mattheew Dunston 42 M 37:21.f 02:43.3 4:57:59
Jesse Ward 29 M 43:37.f 02:55.3 4:59:01
Patrick Murphy 61 M 46:58.f 02:52.5 4:59:51
Kathy Letner 58 F 44:45.f 03:03.1 4:59:58
Cassady Robert 44 M 44:06.f 02:57.3 5:01:55
Todd Johnson 41 M 48:21.f 03:10.4 5:02:25
david mcirvin 55 M 45:14.f 02:49.5 5:02:52
Nathan Blackwell 35 M 43:00.f 02:52.5 5:02:52
Kevin Miller 49 M 42:22.f 02:56.5 5:03:07
William Lucas 51 M 39:50.f 02:58.2 5:05:27
Norman Hampton 45 M 43:37.f 02:45.2 5:05:35
Kirstan Vandersluis 0 M 49:03.f 03:30.2 5:06:28
Gordon Casey 46 M 46:20.f 02:58.4 5:07:31
Gary Dean 57 M 46:20.f 03:03.1 5:07:58
Rayna Weiss 25 F 51:56.f 03:10.0 5:10:30
Cindy Dillon 44 F 48:21.f 03:10.0 5:12:12
Robert Taylor 64 M 48:01.f 03:05.0 5:12:57
Gurney Sloan 51 M 43:17.f 02:45.5 5:14:05
Lisa Sloan 48 F 41:10.f 02:43.3 5:14:05
steve wegert 54 M 44:06.f 03:07.2 5:18:32
Melissa Devolve 38 F 50:53.f 03:18.5 5:18:59
William Montie 68 M 50:53.f 03:18.2 5:18:59
Joshua Martinsons 41 M   1:56:59 5:21:01
Keith Grundy 56 M 50:20.f 03:16.5 5:21:30
Yvonne Carpenter 45 F 46:36.f 03:10.0 5:25:18
Chris John 54 M 44:51.f 03:22.1 5:26:10
john drosner 40 M 48:43.f 03:06.1 5:26:25
Charlie Stranko 54 M 42:54.f 03:10.6 5:26:30
Shane Johnson 36 M 47:24.f 03:32.5 5:29:36
Tom Mudd 52 M 44:51.f 02:51.4 5:30:33
sherry converse 47 F 47:12.f 03:12.3 5:34:14
David McHenry 52 M 45:29.f 03:14.0 5:36:20
Dwight Leski 47 M 49:03.f 03:03.1 5:38:04
Robin Cannello 38 F 53:48.f 03:10.0 5:38:08
Bryan Grundy 18 M 50:20.f NO 5:38:53
randy williams 54 M 48:43.f 03:10.2 5:39:00
Shane A. Lue 45 M 44:06.f 02:58.3 5:39:30
Keith Hoppe 44 M 48:21.f 03:25.1 5:40:16
Derrick Bourgeois 48 M 42:22.f 03:03.5 5:40:20
Robert Weiss 61 M 49:03.f 03:14.5 5:41:08
Mike Yushchenko 38 M 39:50.f 03:05.0 5:41:43
david kane 51 M 40:40.f 03:07.3 5:42:01
Brad Gibson 66 M 46:48.f 03:16.3 5:43:10
Scott Adams 53 M 51:04.f 03:22.4 5:43:20
George Davis 58 M 46:00.f 03:10.2 5:44:35
RICHARD DOBBIN 73 M 56:34.f 03:27.4 5:46:10
Ken Jaray 56 M 53:00.f 03:28.2 5:46:46
Kristen Adelman 40 F 48:43.f 03:06.1 5:46:56
Tim Lohr 22 M 53:00.f 03:28.4 5:47:52
Jim Fluharty-Cooper 54 M 43:06.f 03:05.1 5:50:02
Tom Warley 57 M 49:54.f 03:22.4 5:51:00
John Hartung 68 M 48:10.f 03:11.4 5:52:50
Steve Maury 47 M 41:55.f 03:11.4 5:52:50
john veautour 46 M 53:19.f 03:13.1 5:52:50
James Gilman 54 M 37:46.f 02:47.4 5:55:15
Kevin Greier 28 M 44:45.f 03:18.2 5:55:30
Michael Pachucki 26 M 45:41.f 03:14.5 5:55:30
Matthew Ruane 45 M 48:21.f 03:35.4 5:55:30
Tony Bricker 41 M 65:35.f 03:39.1 5:56:09
Donner David 45 M 44:33.f 03:24.1 5:57:40
Bill Kay 44 M 48:43.f 03:32.0 5:58:29
Erica Hart 25 F 46:48.f 03:10.3 6:08:40
Drew Wills 52 M 56:04.f 03:50.5 6:11:05
Jeanie Wills 52 F 55:59.f 03:50.5 6:11:17
john hart 58 M 48:10.f 03:21.1 6:11:17
James Charters 43 M 43:44.f 03:10.0 6:12:48
Brady Mercer 32 M 47:52.f 03:18.0 6:12:59
Mandy Mercer 33 F 49:26.f 03:33.3 6:12:59
Jack Rants 59 M 56:49.f 03:40.4 6:16:24
robert adams 37 M 49:13.f 03:40.4 6:18:47
David McMillan 51 M 51:32.f 03:32.5 6:23:48
Jeffrey Mulder 38 M 40:28.f 02:39.0 6:23:53
Mark Pirner 42 M 75:52.f 03:56.4 6:27:49
Kelly Sears 47 F 51:04.f 03:28.2 6:29:04
Rob Lucas 39 M NO 03:25.0 6:30:46
Herb Kuehn 57 M 52:05.f 03:54.3 6:37:28
Mark Noffsinger 58 M 46:58.f 03:36.5 6:41:29
Richard Moothart 36 M 49:03.f 03:36.0 6:44:37
Jim Marlow 59 M 55:11.f 04:08.5 7:02:34
Justin Hopson 39 M 77:02.f 03:57.2 7:04:50
Goodwin John   M 44:06.f 03:20.3 NO
Alejandro Ferrer 26 M 46:02.f 03:25.5 NO
Deborah Atkinson 50 F 56:49.f 04:19.5 NO
Garner John 37 M 51:04.f 03:36.0 NO
Myron Klingensmith 67 M 42:10.f NO NO
Kelli Scovile 36 F 42:39.f 02:55.0 NO
Ken Hanes 44 M 53:38.f NO NO
Michael Jenkins 59 M 67:29.f 05:21.0 NO
Eric Fetsch 58 M 36:56.f 02:20.1 NO
Brian Colvert 27 M 42:10.f 03:07.3 NO
Rush Carter 37 M 62:22.f 05:23.2 NO
Fred Coolidge 62 M 51:32.f 04:06.1 NO
Alexjandro Vieira 37 M NO 02:42.5 NO
James Bennett 37 M 66:42.f NO NO
Macee Alley 37 F 65:35.f 04:47.1 NO
P Been 41 M 37:21.f 02:55.1 NO
John Bidwell 67 M 30:33.f NO NO
Chuck Blakeman 56 M 44:06.f 02:32.3 NO
zachary christopher 33 M 49:13.f NO NO
Brian Cohen 47 M 36:43.f 02:35.5 NO
Sandra Coleman 56 F 63:04.f NO NO
Derrick Dobbin 44 M 43:44.f 02:38.0 NO
William Euerle 38 M 53:38.f 03:45.0 NO
Tom Evans 57 M 57:57.f NO NO
Thomas Gearhart 46 M 41:50.f 02:29.4 NO
James Hamric 40 M 43:17.f 03:58.2 NO
emily hollister 30 F 69:28.f 05:06.5 NO
Steve Johnson 60 M 48:01.f 04:03.0 NO
Peter Kelley 58 M 36:01.f 02:15.3 NO
Marc Kerman 46 M 42:22.f NO NO
Kevin Kilgore 56 M 32:49.f 02:00.4 NO
Edward King 53 M 49:13.f 4:02:10 NO
Les Knotts 52 M 44:51.f 04:01.5 NO
Kenneth Lebo 50 M 49:13.f NO NO
David McClain 58 M 53:19.f 04:46.0 NO
Hope Mullally 46 F 47:24.f 03:03.3 NO
Jon Rants 63 M 59:03.f 04:06.1 NO
dennis ryll 63 M 51:32.f NO NO
DONALD SCHAEFER 61 M 53:00.f 04:11.4 NO
dave thomas 51 M 39:15.f 02:39.2 NO
Arthur Thompson 49 M 77:30.f NO NO
Natasha Edmonds 28 F 59:15.f 04:26.5 NO
Steven White 40 M 56:15.f 04:20.2 NO
Ken Wickham 58 M 52:10.f 04:45.2 NO
Steve Shoemaker 71 M 31:51.f NO NO
Elaine Chavanon 55 F 48:21.f NO NO
Mark Fontana 65 M 63:04.f NO NO
Mike Foster 68 M 48:01.f NO NO
Joshua Kerson 41 M 28:03.f NO NO
Kelly McGrew 11 M 32:49.f 01:59.3 NO
Ralph Braden 64 M 70:32.f 04:58.4 NO
Ed Browne 56 M 49:26.f 03:51.4 NO
Dean Christofolis 45 M 57:30.f 04:11.4 NO
Beckie Large-Swope 44 F 77:30.f NO NO
Suzanne Thomas 46 F 48:43.f 03:51.0 NO
Jon Shogren 51 M 46:02.f 03:03.3  
* – used electric assist bicycle

- UltraRob

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Assault on the Peak Photos

August 30th, 2010

Assault on the Peak

Yesterday was the 1st Annual Assault on the Peak. It was 24.5 miles with 7800 vertical feet of climbing up Pikes Peak. I’ll do a write up on it in the next couple days but for now, here are some photos. If you want to see more photos, I have larger albums of the ride up to Crystal Reservoir and of the ride above Crystal Reservoir.

See Assault on the Peak ride times here.

- UltraRob

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Pikes Peak Assault This Coming Sunday

August 23rd, 2010


Update: I’ve posted Pikes Peak Assault photos.

The inaugural Assault on the Peak is this coming Sunday, August 29th. It’s a bike ride up the Pikes Peak highway. There have been some changes since I wrote about the ride in April.

Now instead of starting at the Pikes Peak highway toll gate in Cascade, the ride is going to start down in Manitou Springs at Memorial Park. This makes the ride 24.5 miles with over 7700 feet of climbing followed by descending that much!

Even though the ride has been lengthened, the price has been reduced. Instead of the originally announced price of $180, it is now $150. They’ve also added an option of riding to Glen Cove for $90.

The deadline to register online through BikeReg is Wednesday. You will also be able to register from 5:30 – 6:30 AM the morning of the ride.

Also along with the Pikes Peak ride, Peak Region is having a Bicycle Festival at the start/finish area. The bike Festival will start at 10 AM and run until 4 PM. The expo will be free with bike shops, frame builders, cycling apparel, etc.

- UltraRob

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Keep an Eye on Barr Trail

August 12th, 2010

Pikes Peak South Slope

Friends of the Peak, the volunteer group that takes care of all things Pikes Peak, has a cool interactive map of Barr Trail on its web site.  The map was developed to inform the Friends about trail problems – fallen trees, severe erosion, vandalism.  Check it out, and while you’re there, sign up for an upcoming FOTP trail workday – you can still get in on projects on the South Slope, Devil’s Playground, and Buffalo Creek (also known as St. Mary’s Falls). 

- Deb Acord

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Most Dangerous?

July 12th, 2010



A couple of years ago, Backpacker magazine listed the 10 most dangerous hikes in America.   Number 3?  Pikes Peak.   Pikes was chosen because of its capricious weather with high winds, hail storms and a chance of snow year-round, and because of the effects of the oxygen deprivation hikers experience on the summit.  

But one person’s “dangerous” could be another’s walk in the park.  Compare the Barr Trail to a popular route in China.  Travel writer Robin Esrock traveled to Huashan in central China, one of that country’s five sacred mountains, in search of what has been called “the world’s most dangerous hike.” He thinks he found it. Check it out above or directly on YouTube.

- Deb Acord

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Pikes Peak South Slope Hike and Photos

June 28th, 2010

Pikes Peak from South Slope

Yesterday I got to see the Pikes Peak South Slope reservoir area for the first time. In 1894 Boehmer Reservoir was the first reservoir on the South Slope. Colorado Springs now has 7 reservoirs there. The area was closed in the early 1900s to protect Colorado Springs water supply.

The hike was the first guided hike to let the public see the area before it’s planned opening to the public in the next year or two. I wrote about my thoughts on the Pikes Peak South Slope recreation plan when it was presented a couple months ago. There will be 6 more South Slope hiking tours throughout the summer. Although dates aren’t finalized, trail building is expected to begin in August.

We met at Red Rocks Open Space and carpooled up to the Pikes Peak South Slope. There were 20 hikers plus Sarah Bryarly from the TOPS program and Mary and her husband from Friends of the Peak to lead us.

We parked at McReynolds Reservoir to begin the hike. Because trails haven’t been built yet, we hiked on the Colorado Springs Utilities roads although we saw flagging in a couple spots where the proposed trails will cross the road. Other than the roads, water diversion ditches, etc. the vegetation like much like remote areas in the backcountry. Because of the high altitude valleys, the close up views of Pikes Peak and the surrounding mountains are much different than the views from the front side where you’re looking up from a much lower elevation.

I was disappointed that we had to stop short of Boehmer Reservoir. It has beautiful rock cliffs above it and Pikes Peak is right above it. The area around Boehmer Reservoir is a critical big horn sheep lambing area and will have seasonal trail closures until July 15th each year. The next hike on July 10th will also turn around before Boehmer but the hikes the rest of the summer will go all the way to it. It was probably good that we didn’t get to do the full hike because there was close lightening and it was starting to rain when we got back to the cars.

It was great to get a look at this beautiful area and am happy that plans are moving forward to opening it to the public. At the same time, I have some worries about the area becoming damaged from use and being closed again. In a way, I wish that it would be less accessible than planned but then I don’t think there would be the support to build the trails.

Here are photos and you can view higher resolution Pikes Peak South Slope photos here. This map shows where I took the photos.

- Ultrarob

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First Public Hike of Pikes Peak South Slope

June 24th, 2010
Boehmer Reservoir with Pikes Peak in the background (CSU photo)


The first public tour of the South Slope of Pikes Peak is this Sunday, June 27th. There will be a 7 mile hike and it’s limited to 20 people. Hikers will meet at 7:45 at the Red Rocks Open Space parking lto and caravan up to McReynolds Reservoir. Reservations are required and it costs $10.

Contact the Trails and Open Space Coalition at 633-6884 for more information or to reserve a spot. I’ve signed up. I hope some readers will join me for the hike. If you can’t make this hike, more on planned throughout the summer but I haven’t seen any dates yet.

Read my post from May on the Pikes Peak South Slope plan for information on the plan to open the area to recreation.

Update: I now have dates for hikes the rest of the summer

  • Saturday, July 10th
  • Saturday, July 31st
  • Sunday, August 8th
  • Saturday, August 28th
  • Saturday, September 11th
  • Saturday, September 25th

Also take a look at the Pikes Peak South Slope hike flyer.

- UltraRob

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Peak Region Cyclist

May 28th, 2010
Peak Region Cyclist May 2010 Cover

The May edition of the Peak Region Cyclist has been out for a couple weeks now. The online version isn’t available yet. I know David Pico, the publisher, was reworking something to do with the online version.

The cover photo is my photo of the Colligiate Men’s A’s at the Colorado College Criterium. You can see more of Colorado College Criterium photos here.

I’ve been getting questions about what is going on with Peak Region Cyclist since the Facebook page became Front Range Cyclist and there’s a new The Official Peak Region Cyclist Magazine Facebook page. David Pico and Jon Severson have been running the Peak Region Cyclist the last couple years. Lately they haven’t agreed on the vision for the magazine.

David will continue publishing Peak Region Cyclist. Jon has headed off to create a new print magazine called the Front Range Cyclist along with mobile apps and more of a web presence. David plans to change the time and format of the Peak Region Cyclist Bike Show but I don’t know details on it yet. I don’t know if there are any plans for a Front Range Cyclist Show.

Both David and Jon are great guys. The Peak Region Cyclist is a great local cycling magazine and I hope these changes are only good for the magazine. I also hope Jon will create a successful magazine covering cycling here on the Colorado Front Range.

- UltraRob

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Pikes Peak South Slope Plan

May 6th, 2010
Pikes Peak from Proposed Boehmer/Mason Trail
Pikes Peak from Proposed Boehmer/Mason Trail (CSU Photo)

Colorado Springs Utilities presented the latest Pikes Peak South Slope Plan a little over a week ago on Tuesday, April 27th. I was there along with over 60 others. There were some positive changes based on the feedback given on draft Pikes Peak South Slope Plan presented in January.

One of the changes is the decision to allow mountain bikes on proposed Boehmer/Mason Trail loop that was initially proposed to be closed to bikes. The downside is they’re proposing to increase the trail width to 4 feet to minimize conflict between mountain bikes and other trail users. 4 feet is wider than true singletrack and I doubt it’s necessary. Also trails tend to widen over time so I don’t think they need should start so wide.

Based on the feedback from the January meeting they are now proposing a trail connecting from the Lake Moraine Trail over to the Boehmer/Mason Trail area. This could be a key segment to make completion of Ring the Peak Trail a reality. It also would allow for some epic mountain bike rides connecting with the Barr Trail area. Since it wasn’t on the original plan and it’s been too snowy for them to take a good look at the area, there’s no specific trail location specified.

Although there are no specific plans for building any trail for completing Ring the Peak Trail, they didn’t seem so opposed to it. Most of the sensitive big horn sheep habitat where it makes most sense for the trail is on Forest Service land. There would also need to be a connection through Colorado Springs Utilities land. CSU said they would work with the Forest Service to see if it would be possible.

Another new proposal that I don’t like is allowing limited hunting. According to their slide on the feedback received, they got over 120 comments supporting hunting. That’s over double the number supporting the Ring the Peak Trail which had the 2nd most comments. Although a couple people brought it up at the January meeting, there didn’t seem to be much support for it. My guess is some group organized and sent in a lot of comments online. I’ve heard bullets whiz by me more than once while mountain biking so I’m not excited about hunters being in the area.

I hadn’t noticed before that dogs won’t be allowed on the Pikes Peak South Slope. Because of wildlife concerns especially with the big horn sheep, it makes sense to not allow dogs.

There weren’t a lot of comments but the most were about the trail being so wide and the area being closed in the winter. The plan is for the area to only be open from mid-May through mid-October. People, myself including, would like to be able to snowshoe and cross-country ski on the trails even if it means starting at Gold Camp Road.

So the big question that hasn’t been answered yet is how the building of the trailheads and trails and the ongoing maintenance will be funded. Colorado Springs Utilities will pay for the detailed plan to be completed. The Colorado Springs Park and Recreation department will be responsible for finding the funding for building and maintaining the trailheads and trails. The parks department has had their general fund budget slashed from close to $20 million in 2008 to about $3 million this year so that’ll be a challenge.

The number being used at the meeting was somewhere around $2 to $2.5 million for building everything in the plan. Other places I’ve seen estimates as high as $4 million. Tom, the presenter, said the about $2 million amount is based on bringing in a commercial contractor to do most of the work. Using volunteers to build trails would bring that down. However, the single biggest cost is building bridges and boardwalks over sensitive wetlands and that may be hard to reduce much with volunteers. He said that’s about $900k and I found nearly that much with a quick glance through the costs section of the plan.

At least some funding could come from the Trails and Open Space (TOPS) program. Also the project seems like a great fit for money from Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) which is funded from the state lottery proceeds. Fishing is Fun Grants (CDOW), the Fish and Wildlife Resources Fund, Trail Construction Grants (Colorado State Trails Program) and Conservation Trust Fund are listed as other funding sources for construction. Most likely a fee based system will be used to provide ongoing funding.

Another part of the plan that isn’t on the Pikes Peak South Slope is the improvement of the Ute Trail. The Ute Trail runs from near the base of the Manitou Incline to Cascade. Although it isn’t currently an official trail, it is well used but has some very steep sections with erosion issues. The proposal is that El Paso Country Parks will be in charge of the improvements and manage the trail.

You can find many more details including maps, photos and charts in the 88 page plan posted online. You can find some additional information on main Watershed Access Project page including an online form to submit comments by May 18th. It also gives information on getting notified of volunteer or guided tour opportunities.

- UltraRob

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