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How one El Paso County bike crash is changing access to 14ers in rural Colorado

The ramifications of a lawsuit that ended with the U.S. government paying an injured mountain biker several million dollars after a crash on a washed-out trail continue to challenge Colorado fourteener hikers.  And more recreational pursuits could be impacted by the 2019 court decision as private landowners worry about lawsuits filed by people who traverse […]

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Landowners shut down access to three Colorado fourteeners citing liability, impacts

Landowners who own the tops of Colorado’s Mount Lincoln, Mount Democrat and Mount Bross on Thursday closed access to the trio of Mosquito Range fourteeners.  The closure triggered an upswell of lamentations from Colorado’s peak-bagging community. But the closure is expected to last only this month.  “It is a temporary closure,” said Julie Mach, conservation […]

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Matriarch of Colorado outdoor volunteerism stepping down from “mothership of community stewardship”

BRECKENRIDGE — Ann Baker Easley deftly navigates an icy trail that winds past a wooden troll, an ice rink and a railroad park.  “Pretty sure we built this. We worked on a lot of trails around here,” says the chief executive officer of Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado, which in the past five years has funneled […]