For the second consecutive summer, a shuttle will be about the only option for hundreds of thousands of people to reach the top of Pikes Peak.Starting Friday, those visiting the mountain must park in a lower lot and shuttle to the summit to alleviate stress on the highway and peak as construction on a new Summit House continues, said Jack Glavan, manager of the enterprise.Construction on the $50 million, 38,000-square-foot project began last June and is expected to be completed in the fall of 2020. The shuttle service was launched because of the increased traffic from construction crews and limited space atop the mountain. With a fleet of more than 30 Ford vans, the shuttles began that same month. They are mandatory for everyone except those with special needs or small children in car seats.Glavan said that the shuttles will be mandated for the busiest months at the mountain. Last year, the service ended in September, but this year it might continue to mid-October, he … [Read more...] about Shuttle to top of Pikes Peak scheduled to resume
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“I know we can climb it. Given time, the tank could go to the top of the world.”Cpl. Howard Brewer wasn’t simply being macho. After a reconnaissance ride April 11, 1919, Brewer was sure his 14-ton Whippet tank could climb to the 14,115-foot summit of Pikes Peak. Another member of the team, Sgt. A.H. Worrell, told The Gazette that he had “driven tanks over trees and trenches on the western front and I am betting we get to the top.”The mountain-climbing mission came at the nexus of money and morale — the U.S. Treasury Secretary was to announce a final “Victory Liberty” loan drive, starting April 21, to get Americans to buy $4.5 billion of government bonds to close out the country’s final bills from World War I.The Navy immediately announced a supporting campaign. A “Victory Ship” would depart from San Francisco, bound for New York, and would travel each day at the reported rate Americans bought the bond.The Navy’s … [Read more...] about 100 years ago, a tank took on the challenge of Pikes Peak
Bill Tongue was first to realize they would not summit Pikes Peak. Or perhaps Ling Li just didn’t want to believe it.Tongue, a longtime regular on the mountain, knew his similarly seasoned partner had been in serious situations before. “But I think maybe she underestimated this one a little bit.”This was amid relentless, blistering gusts above 12,000 feet last February. He insisted they turn back. Li told him that was a good call: He should turn back while she pushed on. Only later would she feel guilty about putting a friend in that predicament; she had done it a few years before and swore she’d never again.No, Tongue wasn’t about to leave her. But no, Tongue wasn’t about to be the victim of his partner’s wild pursuit.“She had a long streak going,” he says. “That was in jeopardy that day.”Long story short, Li arranged a ride down, the winds let up and the two made it. And so the streak continued.Li is into her seventh … [Read more...] about What keeps the ‘Queen of Pikes Peak’ on her summiting streak?
The environmental and archaeological reviews are done, and the money is in — $250,000 from Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s Trails Program, the largest grant that Rocky Mountain Field Institute has received in its 22-year history in Colorado Springs.“Now the work begins,” said Joe Lavorini, the nonprofit's project coordinator.As early as June, as soon as snow melts on the wild back of Pikes Peak, Lavorini expects to lead a crew on the summiting path known as Devil’s Playground, through the forest of Douglas fir and pine to the rocky, colorful tundra above 12,000 feet.After much talk and anticipation, builders will commence the multiyear effort to reroute the trail.“What I’ve been saying is: America’s Mountain deserves better,” Lavorini said. “It’s a sorry excuse for a trail, and we need to do better than that.” Premium Colorado ski area boasts highest restaurant in U.S. — and it's not for everybody … [Read more...] about Devil’s Playground getting a new, sustainable, path to the heights of Pikes Peak this summer
While Romain Dumas and his record-breaking Volkswagen I.D. R isn’t racing to the clouds in the 97th running of The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, race fans should still expect records to fall June 30.Motorcycle rider Chris Fillmore, the fastest rider in race history, will compete in the lightweight division on a KTM 450SX-F Factory Edition motorcycle as he tries to become the first racer to hold three records in Pikes Peak history.He owns the heavyweight division record (9 minutes, 49.625 seconds, 2017) and last year broke the middleweight division record in 10:04.038, placing third overall in the motorcycle division. His 2018 middleweight time broke Codie Vahsholtz’s (Woodland Park) record from 2017.“I enjoy the challenge of Pikes Peak,” Fillmore said in a release. “Figuring out how to go fast and learn something new. Watching the sun rise every morning for a week on top of a 14,000-foot mountain is pretty amazing too.”In the auto … [Read more...] about Field announced for the 97th running of The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb