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Outdoors with Hiking Bob

Bob Falcone shares tips and news about outdoor recreation in the Pikes Peak region. Bob covers trails, clothing, equipment, volunteerism, tourism, politics, photography, destinations and preparedness. (new episode every Wednesday)

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330 Fishers Peak SP Manager Gives an Update
On this week's podcast, Bob gets an update on the latest developments at Colorado's Fishers Peak State Park from park manager Crystal Dreiling.  They discuss the newly opened trails in the park, how the master plan process went and what to expect out of it,  the challenges to building a new state park from the ground up, and the reactions from the local community to the park. Also, when will the trail to the summit of Fishers Peak actually be completed and what kind of hike to expect once it is open. https://cpw.state.co.us/placestogo/Parks/FishersPeak https://www.fisherspeakstatepark.com/ Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit: https://www.patreon.com/hikingbob for more information Hiking Bob website: https://www.HikingBob.com Wild Westendorf website: https://www.Wildwestendorf.com Where to listen, download and subscribe to this podcast: https://pod.link/outdoorswithhikingbob  
49:53 11/30/2022
329 Give! Participant Trails and Open Space Coalition
On this week's podcast, Bob chats with Susan Davies, the Executive Director of the Trails and Open Space Coalition (TOSC), a  participating agency in the 2022 Pikes Peak Give! campaign. They talk about what TOSC does to support outdoor recreation and other non-profit groups in the Pikes Peak region, what are the biggest issues concerning outdoor recreation, and why you should donate to TOSC during the campaign. TOSC website: https://www.trailsandopenspaces.org/ Give! Campaign: https://givepikespeak.org/ Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit: https://www.patreon.com/hikingbob for more information Hiking Bob website: https://www.HikingBob.com Wild Westendorf website: https://www.Wildwestendorf.com Where to listen, download and subscribe to this podcast: https://pod.link/outdoorswithhikingbob
32:01 11/23/2022
328 Give! Participant Catamount Institute
On this week's podcast, Bob chats with Billy Kinn and Tarin Hill from the Catamount Institute, a  participating agency in the 2022 Pikes Peak Give! campaign. They talk about what the institute does to teach kids how to enjoy, respect and be good stewards of the outdoors, and why you should donate to them during the campaign. Catamount Institute: CatamountInstitute.org Give! Campaign: GivePikesPeak.org Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit: https://www.patreon.com/hikingbob for more information Hiking Bob website: https://www.HikingBob.com Wild Westendorf website: https://www.Wildwestendorf.com Where to listen, download and subscribe to this podcast: https://pod.link/outdoorswithhikingbob
26:07 11/16/2022
327 Hiking in Fishers Peak State Park
On this week's podcast, Bob and co-host Kevin give a first-hand report on hiking the new trails in Colorado's Fishers Peak State Park. Also, a short discussion about changes in social media, and also changing our clocks again. What are the chances that we'll permanently go to Daylight Saving Time? Or Standard Time? Fishers Peak State Park website: https://www.fisherspeakstatepark.com/ Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit: https://www.patreon.com/hikingbob for more information Hiking Bob website: https://www.HikingBob.com Wild Westendorf website: https://www.Wildwestendorf.com Where to listen, download and subscribe to this podcast: https://pod.link/outdoorswithhikingbob
40:13 11/09/2022
326 Bob's Mom Talks About Being Active at 85
  On this week's podcast, the very special guest is Rose Falcone, Bob's mom, who recently turned 85. They talk about how she accomplishes living a independent, healthy and very active lifestyle, and her message to other older people. This is an inspiring podcast for everyone, young and old. Note: Rose mentions being a smoker, but she failed to mention that she stopped smoking many years ago. Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit: https://www.patreon.com/hikingbob for more information Hiking Bob website: https://www.HikingBob.com Wild Westendorf website: https://www.Wildwestendorf.com Where to listen, download and subscribe to this podcast: https://pod.link/outdoorswithhikingbob
35:26 11/02/2022
325 Answering listener questions and comments
On this week's episode, Bob and co-host Kevin answer listeners comments and questions. They discuss such topics as what Kevin left out on his report about hiking to the Skagway powerplant, what outdoor themed books they like, footwear recommendations, and more. Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit: https://www.patreon.com/hikingbob for more information Hiking Bob website: https://www.HikingBob.com Wild Westendorf website: https://www.Wildwestendorf.com Where to listen, download and subscribe to this podcast: https://pod.link/outdoorswithhikingbob
38:14 10/26/2022
324 Skagway Powerplant Hike
On this week's episode: An update on U.S. Forest Service Law Enforcement in the Pikes Peak Ranger District, and co-host Kevin tells of his hike to a remote, abandoned powerplant. Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit: https://www.patreon.com/hikingbob for more information Hiking Bob website: https://www.HikingBob.com Wild Westendorf website: https://www.Wildwestendorf.com Where to listen, download and subscribe to this podcast: https://pod.link/outdoorswithhikingbob
35:26 10/19/2022
323 Old Stage Road and How Law Enforcement Abandoned its Residents
This week's podcast is a follow-up to the issue about closing Old Stage Road due to issues with undesirable activity on the road. In an earlier podcast (#319), Bob and Kevin discussed how closing the road could affect outdoor recreation in the area. This podcast follows a public meeting that was held recently to discuss the issue. During the meeting, residents of the road alleged that they were being victimized due to the lack of law enforcement response by the El Paso County Sheriff's Office. No one from the Sheriff's Office or El Paso County government attended the meeting. Find out all about what was discussed at the meeting, by listening to this podcast. Old Stage Road information: https://coloradosprings.gov/oldstageroad Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit: https://www.patreon.com/hikingbob for more information Hiking Bob website: https://www.HikingBob.com Wild Westendorf website: https://www.Wildwestendorf.com Where to listen, download and subscribe to this podcast: https://pod.link/outdoorswithhikingbob
44:33 10/12/2022
322 Comparing different adventure travel companies
This week's podcast is in response to a listener request! Bob and co-host Kevin discuss some of the different adventure travel companies, such as National Geographic, REI Adventures, Sierra Club Outings and Natural Habitat.  They also discuss what it's like to travel with these kinds of companies, and how they can enable adventures that might not otherwise be possible. National Geographic Expeditions: https://www.expeditions.com/ REI Adventures: https://www.rei.com/adventures Sierra Club Outings: https://content.sierraclub.org/outings/ Natural Habitat: https://www.nathab.com/our-trips/ Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit: https://www.patreon.com/hikingbob for more information Hiking Bob website: https://www.HikingBob.com Wild Westendorf website: https://www.Wildwestendorf.com Where to listen, download and subscribe to this podcast: https://pod.link/outdoorswithhikingbob
36:51 10/05/2022
321 Great Bear Rain Forest Trip
Bob goes solon on this week's podcast, telling the story of his recent trip to the Great Bear Rain Forest with National Geographic Expeditions.  While on the trip, he and his shipmates saw many great sights, not the least of which was the rare white Kermode bear.  Find out all about the experience on this episode. Link to Nat Geo video about this specific trip:  https://bit.ly/3SoMbdp National Geographic Expeditions: https://www.expeditions.com/ Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit: https://www.patreon.com/hikingbob for more information Hiking Bob website: https://www.HikingBob.com Wild Westendorf website: https://www.Wildwestendorf.com Where to listen, download and subscribe to this podcast: https://pod.link/outdoorswithhikingbob
29:06 09/29/2022
320 TOPS Story Map from TOSC
On this week's podcast, Bob chats with Trails and Open Spaces Coaliton (TOSC) Executive Director Susan Davies and also GIS expert Mike Rigney about their development of  "story map" that details some of the history and highlights of the Colorado Springs Trails, Open Space and Parks (TOPS) program. They discuss the history of the TOPS program and where it is heading in the future. TOPS Story Map: https://bit.ly/3BzZBgD TOSC website:  https://www.trailsandopenspaces.org/ Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit: https://www.patreon.com/hikingbob for more information Hiking Bob website: https://www.HikingBob.com Wild Westendorf website: https://www.Wildwestendorf.com Where to listen, download and subscribe to this podcast: https://pod.link/outdoorswithhikingbob
31:32 09/21/2022
319 Close Old Stage Road?; Fishers Peak SP Master Plan; Keep Colorado Wild Pass
On this week's episode, Bob and co-host Kevin discuss Kevins planned hike on Crestone Needle; Fishers Peak State Park's draft master plan and public input period; the Keep Colorado Wild Pass and the refund policy for overlapping passes; and a proposal to close Old Stage Road, at night. Should Colorado Springs close access to national forest land? Fishers Peak Master Plan: https://adobe.ly/3RFqSDY Fishers Peak Master Plan Feedback Survey: https://bit.ly/3eLFsv5 Keep Colorado Wild Pass refund policy: https://bit.ly/3BaBvIb Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit: https://www.patreon.com/hikingbob for more information Hiking Bob website: https://www.HikingBob.com Wild Westendorf website: https://www.Wildwestendorf.com Where to listen, download and subscribe to this podcast: https://pod.link/outdoorswithhikingbob  
44:05 09/14/2022
318 The Persistence of Summer
On this week's podcast, Bob and co-host Kevin discuss how the summer season is persisting into September and why it's not the time to let your guard down with being ready for the heat. Also, the "What if..." celebration in Colorado Springs, and Kevin's upcoming climb on a difficult mountain. Hiking Incident in Arizona: https://bit.ly/3x29G3z What if... event: https://whatif-festival.org/ Fall Colors Map: https://smokymountains.com/fall-foliage-map/ Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit: https://www.patreon.com/hikingbob for more information Hiking Bob website: https://www.HikingBob.com Wild Westendorf website: https://www.Wildwestendorf.com Where to listen, download and subscribe to this podcast: https://pod.link/outdoorswithhikingbob
39:06 09/07/2022
317 Devils Head Tower; Preventable Deaths; Hikes for Visitors
On this week's podcast, Bob and co-host Kevin discuss hiking to Colorado's only remainng fire lookout tower; some recent hiking deaths that could've been prevented; and hikes they recommend to visitors. Links to stories mentioned in this episode: New Hampshire fall: https://abcn.ws/3CJiQpi Grand Canyon fall: https://bit.ly/3PVa5uZ Lake Havasu incident: https://bit.ly/3q0RrY1 Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit: https://www.patreon.com/hikingbob for more information Hiking Bob website: https://www.HikingBob.com Wild Westendorf website: https://www.Wildwestendorf.com Where to listen, download and subscribe to this podcast: https://pod.link/outdoorswithhikingbob  
45:16 08/31/2022
316 Being prepared and COS READY
On this week's podcast, Bob and co-host Kevin discuss being adequately prepared and the roll-out of COSReady, an emergency notification and preparedness system in Colorado Springs. They discuss how a system like this can be useful when hiking and how it helps meet Leave No Trace's "Plan and Prepare" principle. Also, an activity that Kevin experienced for the first time, Bob's continuing preparations for a new trip, and an update on Coal's recent surgery. COSReady:  https://coloradosprings.gov/ready Fjallraven Colorado Springs store: https://bit.ly/3R3wkjs Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit: https://www.patreon.com/hikingbob for more information Hiking Bob website: https://www.HikingBob.com Wild Westendorf website: https://www.Wildwestendorf.com Where to listen, download and subscribe to this podcast: https://pod.link/outdoorswithhikingbob  
34:55 08/24/2022
315 Hidden gems in southern Colorado
On this week's podcast, Bob and co-host Kevin discuss Bob's recent return trip to far south-central Colorado and also the town of Chama, New Mexico, and his experiences hiking there on this trip and in the past. He believes that many people miss out on the excellent opportunities for hikers and backpackers in that part of Colorado and New Mexico. Also, Bob talks about his thoughts on the return of the Starlight Spectacular event. The two also discuss the opening of a park in Colorado Springs after a multi-million dollar rebuilding project; the US Forest Service is building a new trail to a little known lake in central Colorado; and a leader in the outdoor recreation community in the Pikes Peak region is moving to a different agency. Previous articles Bob wrote for southern Colorado: Red Lake: https://bit.ly/3K165rt and https://bit.ly/3QSustB Duck Lake: https://bit.ly/3c3ileD and https://bit.ly/3bXK2FC Hidden Lake: https://bit.ly/3Qooxgd and https://bit.ly/3CcmCXG Also, Lost Lake: https://bit.ly/3Pux3cl Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit: https://www.patreon.com/hikingbob for more information Hiking Bob website: https://www.HikingBob.com Wild Westendorf website: https://www.Wildwestendorf.com Where to listen, download and subscribe to this podcast: https://pod.link/outdoorswithhikingbob
38:02 08/17/2022
314 Don't take private land for recreational use
  On this week's podcast, Bob and co-host Kevin discuss a recent guest editorial in the Colorado Sun by an aspiring politician who seemingly endorses taking private land, specifically 14,000' peaks, away from land owners so they can be used for recreational purposes. Link to the Colorado Sun guest editorial: https://bit.ly/3BOGDnk Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit: https://www.patreon.com/hikingbob for more information Hiking Bob website: https://www.HikingBob.com Wild Westendorf website: https://www.Wildwestendorf.com Where to listen, download and subscribe to this podcast: https://pod.link/outdoorswithhikingbob
38:16 08/10/2022
313 "The Healthy Hiker" Alicia Filley talks about our Internal Loads
Frequent guest Alicia Filley, "The Healthy Hiker" returns this week and discusses the "internal loads" we carry around with us, and how it affects our performance in outdoor recreation. She discusses how to recognize the affect your internal load is having on you and how to overcome it. https://www.thehealthyhiker.com Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit: https://www.patreon.com/hikingbob for more information Hiking Bob website: https://www.HikingBob.com Wild Westendorf website: https://www.Wildwestendorf.com Where to listen, download and subscribe to this podcast: https://pod.link/outdoorswithhikingbob
63:33 08/03/2022
312 How does GPS work and how is it used to record hikes
On this week's podcast, Bob gives a brief and simple explanation about how GPS's work and then discusses how he uses one to record his hikes. He explains why he believes his GPS tracks are more accurate at recording distances than the tracks measured in Colorado's COTREX app. NASA webpage explaining GPS: https://go.nasa.gov/3J6cSzX National Geographic webpage about GPS: https://bit.ly/3cCZdE5 Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit: https://www.patreon.com/hikingbob for more information Hiking Bob website: https://www.HikingBob.com Wild Westendorf website: https://www.Wildwestendorf.com Where to listen, download and subscribe to this podcast: https://pod.link/outdoorswithhikingbob
40:48 07/27/2022
311 Bi-Coastal Hiking
On this week's podcast, Kevin tells the story of hiking on California's Mt Whitney, including a stop in the Death Valley, and Bob talks about hiking in New Jersey on his recent trip there.  New Jersey isn't all refineries, traffic and big cities! Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit: https://www.patreon.com/hikingbob for more information Hiking Bob website: www.HikingBob.com Wild Westendorf website: www.Wildwestendorf.com Where to listen, download and subscribe to this podcast: https://pod.link/outdoorswithhikingbob
50:00 07/20/2022
310 Devils Playground Trail Update
On this week's podcast, Bob talks with Jennifer Peterson and Carl Woody from the Rocky Mountain Field Institute (RMFI) about the progress with their project to rebuild the Devils Playground trail on the west side of Pikes Peak. When will the trail be finished? How much work has been done so far? How complex is the project? All and more are answered in this podcast. https://www.RMFI.org Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit: https://www.patreon.com/hikingbob for more information Hiking Bob website: www.HikingBob.com Wild Westendorf website: www.Wildwestendorf.com Where to listen, download and subscribe to this podcast: https://pod.link/outdoorswithhikingbob
49:38 07/13/2022
309 The Problem with Illegally Built Trails
On this week's podcast, Bob talks with Scott Abbott from the Colorado Springs Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department about the growing issue of people illegally building trails on public lands.  This is an issue not only on city lands, but also in El Paso County, and the Pike National Forest. Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit: https://www.patreon.com/hikingbob for more information Hiking Bob website: www.HikingBob.com Wild Westendorf website: www.Wildwestendorf.com Where to listen, download and subscribe to this podcast: https://pod.link/outdoorswithhikingbob
40:02 07/06/2022
308 Yellowstone flooding, Forest Fires, Summer Safety, more
On this week's podcast, Bob and co-host Kevin discuss the flooding in Yellowstone National Park; how a forest fire is directly impacting a trip Bob is taking; a kidnapping that occurred in a Colorado park; summer recreation safety; Pikes Peak, and more. Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit: https://www.patreon.com/hikingbob for more information Hiking Bob website: www.HikingBob.com Wild Westendorf website: www.Wildwestendorf.com Where to listen, download and subscribe to this podcast: https://pod.link/outdoorswithhikingbob
43:44 06/22/2022
307 ParkScore finally explained; Why rock piles on trails are bad
On this week's podcast, Bob talks about his conversation with the people at the Trust for Public Land, and what he learned about the ParkScore ranking system. What he found was that a lot of what we have been told by local officials may not have been entirely accurate (and much of it was...).  Kevin talks about why piling rocks on trails is not acceptable in almost all situations.  Bob has a wildflower photography workshop this weekend in the Garden of the Gods.   Trust for Public Lands ParkScore: https://www.tpl.org/city/colorado-springs-colorado https://www.tpl.org/2022-city-park-facts https://www.tpl.org/parkscore/rankings Bob's Wildflower Photography workshop at the Garden of the Gods: https://bit.ly/3HnmCEQ This podcast sponsored by the realtors at Springs Homes. (www.Springshomes.com) Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit: https://www.patreon.com/hikingbob for more information Hiking Bob website: www.HikingBob.com Wild Westendorf website: www.Wildwestendorf.com Where to listen, download and subscribe to this podcast: https://pod.link/outdoorswithhikingbob
42:50 06/15/2022
306 ParkScore Update; Photography workshops; Park master plan, more
On this week's podcast, Bob and co-host Kevin provide an update on last week's episode featuring the ParkScore; El Paso County seeking comments on a new master plan; Bob is teaching wildflower photography workshops this week and next; Bob reviews a guidebook to national parks; a couple of new outdoor clothing stores; hiking the Dixon trail, and more. "Your Guide to the National Parks" : https://amzn.to/3at4Xzk Wildflower Photography Workshops: Bear Creek, June 11th: https://bit.ly/3O2xuKJ Garden of the Gods, June 18th: https://bit.ly/3x8ogWl Homestead Ranch Park master plan: https://bit.ly/3zo1E6O Fjallraven: http://www.fjallraven.us/ Columbia Sportswear:  https://www.columbia.com/ Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit: https://www.patreon.com/hikingbob for more information Hiking Bob website: www.HikingBob.com Wild Westendorf website: www.Wildwestendorf.com Where to listen, download and subscribe to this podcast: https://pod.link/outdoorswithhikingbob        
44:25 06/08/2022
305 Why the ParkScore rating is flawed
On this week's podcast, Bob and co-host Kevin discuss the Trust for Public Land's ParkScore rating. Headlines roared when the most recent rating resulting in Colorado Springs dropping in ranking. Bob and Kevin discuss some flaws in the rating system, while acknowledging that some of the deficiencies in the report are legit. Also, a popular trail closed due to a rock slide, Bob has found another "lost" trail, how one small town is accommodating visiting hikers, and more. Trust for Public Lands ParkScore: https://www.tpl.org/city/colorado-springs-colorado This podcast sponsored by the realtors at Springs Homes. (www.Springshomes.com) Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit: https://www.patreon.com/hikingbob for more information Hiking Bob website: www.HikingBob.com Wild Westendorf website: www.Wildwestendorf.com Where to listen, download and subscribe to this podcast: https://pod.link/outdoorswithhikingbob
39:07 06/01/2022
304 CJ Runge with Mile High Youth Corps is the guest
On this week's podcast, Bob chat's with CJ Runge from the Mile High Youth Corps. The group trains and employs 18-24 year olds in trail reclamation, construction and maintenance for various land managers in southeastern Colorado. Find out all the many services they perform and provide in this podcast. https://www.milehighyouthcorps.org/ Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit: https://www.patreon.com/hikingbob for more information Hiking Bob website: www.HikingBob.com Wild Westendorf website: www.Wildwestendorf.com Where to listen, download and subscribe to this podcast: https://pod.link/outdoorswithhikingbob
44:07 05/25/2022
303 Public Lands Day; Starlight Spectacular; Palus leaves; Trail 756
On this week's podcast, Bob and co-host Kevin cover a variety of topics, including the upcoming Colorado Public Lands Day, the return of the Starlight Spectacular event, the re-opening of the Catamount Falls trail, and Bob's role in the recovery of Trail 756. Also, the departure of Colorado Springs Parks Director Karen Palus.  This podcast sponsored by the realtors at Springs Homes. (www.Springshomes.com) Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit: https://www.patreon.com/hikingbob for more information Hiking Bob website: www.HikingBob.com Wildwestendorf website: www.Wildwestendorf.com
36:47 05/18/2022
302 The Modern West podcast host Melodie Edwards
On this week's podcast, Bob chats with Melodie Edwards, the host of the podcast series "The Modern West". They talk about how environmental change is affecting ranchers in Wyoming, and also about the difference between the mythology and reality of cowboys. The newest season of the podcast series, "The Great Individualist" by Wyoming Public Media premeries May 11th, 2022. The Modern West podcast: https://themodernwest.org/ Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit: https://www.patreon.com/hikingbob for more information Hiking Bob website: HikingBob.com Wildwestendorf website: Wildwestendorf.com  
49:00 05/11/2022
301 Are Low Income Groups Being Forced Out of National Parks?
On this week's podcast, Bob and co-host Kevin discuss an upcoming entry fee increase at Rocky Mountain National Park and also discuss the "Timed Reservation System" in use there and at other National Parks during certain times of the year. Does the high cost of entry to some National Parks and the need to reserve a time and date to visit, sometimes far in advance, prevent low income groups from visiting? Why isn't the National Park Service doing something to make visiting parks less expensive, instead of making them into playgrounds only for the well off? Also, we talk about how Colorado is lowering the cost for annual state park passes, and that city and county parks don't charge entry fees. This podcast sponsored by the realtors at Springs Homes. (www.Springshomes.com) Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit: https://www.patreon.com/hikingbob for more information Hiking Bob website: HikingBob.com Wildwestendorf website: Wildwestendorf.com
41:29 05/04/2022