Cole's Climb Reading List: Posts on Managing Outdoor Access
While I put the finishing touches on "The Alpine Amusement Park," here are some of my top posts on outdoor access, restrictions, and restoration:
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Can't Get a Campsite Reservation? Shocking Audit Uncovers Possible Reasons Why
Questionable closures, preferential treatment and potential for abuse may have clogged campsites and shut out visitors.
This investigation takes a closer look at how Colorado Parks and Wildlife manages campsite guests; how this made it harder to enjoy the outdoors; and how some park staff may have exploited the system for personal gain.
Bear Creek Lake Park Could be Flooded to Fill Colorado's Water Needs; Community Members are Pushing Back
Colorado is looking at places it can store more water to serve a growing population. Community members worry this proposed solution will wind up destroying a beloved park, a huge network of trails, and an important animal habitat.
There’s also a concern this could significantly increase the risk of flooding and property damage for families living down stream.
This piece looks at the proposal, its risks, and some alternative solutions that have been suggested in an attempt to save the park.
Podcast #13: Reviving an Abandoned Ski Resort with Will Pirkey
In this May 2022 episode of Trail Talk, we discuss restoring, rather than restricting access to the outdoors. Will Pirkey shares how Panadero Ski Corp. is working to revive an abandoned resort, and bring back affordable family skiing and recreation to Southern Colorado.
Completing the Continental Divide Trail
The United States government is trying to complete the Continental Divide Trail, or CDT, before the project turns 50 in 2028. As it turns out, some of your favorite local trails may be a part of this project. Here’s how this may impact trail crowding, and peak access.
World-Class Mountain Biking Trails Coming to Idaho Springs; A Look Inside the Virginia Canyon Mountain Park Project
The Colorado Mountain Bike Association works to expand the network of trails available to front range riders. Here, COMBA gives us a tour of the Virginia Canyon Mountain Park, with a look at their big plans for future development.
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You just given me a good idea for me in this piece ... references to your past pieces that people may have missed, but will spark interest. I already do that to a certain extent on Twitter, particularly when I get involved in a thread about a topic I've written about in the past. But you've embedded links to your own stuff here. A good idea, I think.
By the way, do you promote your stuff on Facebook? If so, how? I've tried to post links to Facebook Groups (like Humor/Sarcasm, etc.), and they almost always reject them. Any tricks? -- Jim