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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)

Tracks

406 Pikes Peak Update, Fox Run Nature Center, other news
On this week's podcast, Bob provides an update on the shuttle and reservation system on Pikes Peak. Also, interesting facts around the proposed Fox Run Park Nature Center, a new feature on the COTREX app and website, and Bob is selling one of his cameras. Pikes Peak season/annual passes: https://tinyurl.com/tz94b427 COTREX wildfire alerts: https://tinyurl.com/5n98afc9 Fox Run Nature Center: https://tinyurl.com/65sj4yed 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://wildwestendorf.wordpress.com/ Where to listen, download and subscribe to this podcast: https://pod.link/outdoorswithhikingbob
47:55 5/15/24
405 City and County Master Plans, Pikes Peak Shuttle
On this week's podcast, Bob and Kevin discuss master plans projects underway for Colorado Springs' Fishers Canyon Open Space and El Paso County's Jones Park. Also, a discussion about timed-entry reservation requirement for Pikes Peak, and a new shuttle system that leaves out recreational users. Fishers Canyon Master Plan: https://tinyurl.com/3ndbv8zy Jones Park Master Plan: https://tinyurl.com/mrut7r74 Pikes Peak Timed Entry System: https://tinyurl.com/bdhrtmsn Trails End Podcast: https://tinyurl.com/ycxnvaxy 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://wildwestendorf.wordpress.com/ Where to listen, download and subscribe to this podcast: https://pod.link/outdoorswithhikingbob
40:22 5/8/24
404 A hike and conversation with "Hiking Unlimited"
On this week's podcast, Bob takes a short hike while interviewing Sheila Doherty a/k/a "Hiking Unlimited" on social media. An expert based in Phoenix, she gives advice on hiking in the desert Southwest, chats with Bob about her favorite trips and hikes, and also her future plans. Along on the hike was Sheila's friend, Michelle, a new hiker who was preparing for a new adventure. A nurse, Michelle shares the story of a patient she treated who was seriously injured while hiking in the summer in Phoenix. Hiking Unlimited Facebook: @HikingUnlimited  Hiking Unlimited Instagram: @hikingunlimited 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://wildwestendorf.wordpress.com/ Where to listen, download and subscribe to this podcast: https://pod.link/outdoorswithhikingbob
24:12 5/1/24
403 Want to hike to Hanging Lake? Plan ahead.
On this week's podcast, Bob is joined by co-host Kevin "Wild" Westendorf and they catch up on what Kevin has been doing since he was last on the show.  They also discuss people behaving badly on trails, a rescue due to people being woefully underprepared, and if you want to hike to the popular Hanging Lake, you will need to prepare carefully and far in advance. Hanging Lake info:  https://tinyurl.com/2s4zn8vv 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://wildwestendorf.wordpress.com/ Where to listen, download and subscribe to this podcast: https://pod.link/outdoorswithhikingbob  
46:06 4/24/24
402 Rocky Mountain Field Institute's Jolie NeSmith
On this week's podcast, Bob interviews Jolie NeSmith, the Executive Director of the Rocky Mountain Field Institute (RMFI). They talk about her first year at the helm, including challenges and accomplishments, and then move on to discuss the 2024 work season.  The review the projects RMFI will be working on,  with an update on the multi-year Devils Playground Trail project. Also, how people can support RMFI, including volunteer opportunities, both in the field and administrative help. RMFI website: https://www.rmfi.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://wildwestendorf.wordpress.com/ Where to listen, download and subscribe to this podcast: https://pod.link/outdoorswithhikingbob  
44:29 4/17/24
401 Luis Benitez and How Outdoor Recreation can Save the World
Bob chats with Luis Benitez, the author of "Higher Ground: How The Outdoor Recreation Industry Can Save The World". The first head of Colorado's Outdoor Recreation Industry Office, and a leader in the outdoor recreation industry, he talks with Bob about the need to change how outdoor recreation in the United States is funded and managed, and how he believes that doing so could have an impact on much more than recreation. Order the book here: https://tinyurl.com/2uemmpkk 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://wildwestendorf.wordpress.com/ Where to listen, download and subscribe to this podcast: https://pod.link/outdoorswithhikingbob
56:41 4/10/24
400 The Healthy Hiker talks about taking care of our feet
This week's podcast is all about feet and how to take care of them.   Bob is joined by frequent guest Physical Therapist and "Healthy Hiker" Alicia Filley, for an enlightening talk about feet. From common injuries, to how to decipher pain, to socks and shoes, they cover almost anything you'd want to know about feet and hiking. The Healthy Hiker website:  https://www.thehealthyhiker.com/ Due to a series of technical challenges while recording this podcast, there is some extraneous noise present. We apologize for any inconvenience. 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://wildwestendorf.wordpress.com/ Where to listen, download and subscribe to this podcast: https://pod.link/outdoorswithhikingbob
66:41 4/3/24
399 Terrain Hoppers come to Cheyenne Mountain SP
On this week's podcast, Bob and Kevin discuss trail projects at two of Colorado Springs' most popular parks; one master plan is being finalized while another is starting. Also Cheyenne Mountain State Park has new Terrain Hoppers for visitors with accessiblity issues; will you able to see the April solar eclipse from Colorado? And finally, in the aftermath of Kevins recent medical emergency, he's asking for your help. Kevin's GoFundMe Campaign: https://bitly.ws/3gM3L Trail projects in North Cheyenne Canon Park: https://bitly.ws/3gM4C Trail project in the Garden of the Gods Park: https://bitly.ws/3gM5g April solar eclipse information: https://bitly.ws/3gMhr How to safely take photos of a solar eclipse: https://bitly.ws/3gMhC 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://wildwestendorf.wordpress.com/ Where to listen, download and subscribe to this podcast: https://pod.link/outdoorswithhikingbob
39:03 3/27/24
398 CPW update. Also winter driving, choosing footwear and more
On this week's podcast, Bob and co-host Wild Westendorf discuss the latest developments with the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission. Also, winter driving, choosing the right hiking footwear and Kevin has another medical scare. 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://wildwestendorf.wordpress.com/ Where to listen, download and subscribe to this podcast: https://pod.link/outdoorswithhikingbob
31:05 3/20/24
397 What's going on with the CPW Commission?
On this week's podcast, Bob and Kevin talk about Daylight Saving Time, the hubbub over some appointments to the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission, and why are some hikers and cyclists harrassing construction workers? 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://wildwestendorf.wordpress.com/ Where to listen, download and subscribe to this podcast: https://pod.link/outdoorswithhikingbob
30:33 3/13/24
396 Where are the best behaved hikers?
On this week's podcast, Bob flies solo! He discusses his next major "bucket list" trip, hiking in the desert, where are the best behaved hikers and cyclists. Also, the master plan process is ending for one Colorado Springs park and starting for another one, controversy with the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission and more. Fishers Canyon Master Plan survey: https://coloradosprings.gov/fisherscanyon 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://wildwestendorf.wordpress.com/ Where to listen, download and subscribe to this podcast: https://pod.link/outdoorswithhikingbob
31:14 3/6/24
395 Meet a US Forest Service Tribal Liaison
On this week's podcast, Bob talks with Dr. Jason Herbert, the Tribal Liaison with the Pike-San Isabel National Forests and Cimarron and Comanche National Grasslands (PSICC).  Dr. Herbert, the first person to hold this position with the PSICC, talks about his previous experiences working with Native American tribes in the southern U.S. prior to working with the USFS, and now his position in the PSICC. He discusses why a "Tribal Liaison" is important, what his mission is, and how it may affect the operations of the Forest Service and the user experiences of the public in general. Pike-San Isabel National Forests and Cimarron and Comanche National Grasslands: https://www.fs.usda.gov/psicc 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://wildwestendorf.wordpress.com/ Where to listen, download and subscribe to this podcast: https://pod.link/outdoorswithhikingbob
55:58 2/28/24
394: Bob tries out Cross-Country skiing
This week's podcast goes back out into the field, as Bob tries out cross-country skiing for the first time. Michael Brothers from the Woodmoor Nordic Cross-Country skiing center gives Bob a quick lesson on how to ski and afterwards, they talk about how well Bob did - or didn't - do. They also discuss the history of the skiing center, and what is available there. Woodmoor Nordic Cross-Country skiing: https://www.woodmoornordicnonprofit.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://wildwestendorf.wordpress.com/ Where to listen, download and subscribe to this podcast: https://pod.link/outdoorswithhikingbob
44:57 2/21/24
393 Winter hiking etiquette, avalanches, mountain lions, and more
Co-host Kevin returns for this week's podcast, and he and Bob catch up on recent events. They also discuss winter hiking etiquette, and avalanche danger, mountain lion management, a new El Paso County nature center, movie suggestions and more. CPW SE Region Mountain Lion Management meetings: http://tinyurl.com/mr3wbfpc CAIC: https://avalanche.state.co.us/ Fox Run Nature Center Public Meetings: https://www.tdg-frnc.com/events/ 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://wildwestendorf.wordpress.com/ Where to listen, download and subscribe to this podcast: https://pod.link/outdoorswithhikingbob
32:55 2/14/24
392 El Paso County Parks 2023 Review, a look at 2024
On this week's podcast, Bob chats with El Paso County Parks Department Director Todd Marts. They discuss the accomplishments of the department in 2023, and what's ahead for 2024 and beyond.  Items discussed include the success of the departments "Trailability" program,  Paint Mines Park, the proposed Fox Run Park Nature Center, how the parks are recovering from last years bad weather, and also funding, to include whether a special county-wide program, similar to Colorado Springs' TOPS Program, is a possibility. El Paso County Trailability Program podcast: http://tinyurl.com/yck8kxkk 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://wildwestendorf.wordpress.com/ Where to listen, download and subscribe to this podcast: https://pod.link/outdoorswithhikingbob
40:14 2/7/24
391 Colorado Springs Parks 2023 Recap & What's Ahead in 2024
On this week's podcast, Bob chats with Colorado Springs Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department Director Britt Haley. They discuss the signifcant accomplishments of the department in 2023, and what's ahead for 2024, including e-bikes, Blodgett and Fishers Canyon master plans, 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://wildwestendorf.wordpress.com/ Where to listen, download and subscribe to this podcast: https://pod.link/outdoorswithhikingbob
59:33 1/31/24
390 Get to Know Fremont Adventure Recreation
On this week's podcast, Bob interviews Ashlee Sack from Fremont Adventure Recreation (FAR), based in Canon City, CO. The discuss the short history of FAR, and their work to build new trails in the Canon City area, and also build awareness of the outdoor recreation opportunities in the Fremont County. FAR website:  http://www.joinfar.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://wildwestendorf.wordpress.com/ Where to listen, download and subscribe to this podcast: https://pod.link/outdoorswithhikingbob
37:32 1/24/24
389 Can You Violate Air Space While Hiking?
On this week's podcast, Bob and co-host Kevin talk about why it was more than 20 degrees warmer 4,000' higher in elevation; new trail map for the Town of Green Mountain Falls; and how is it possible to violate someone's "air space" while hiking (someone is literally making a Federal case out of it).  "air space" amicus brief:  https://bitly.ws/39U3J Green Mountain Falls trail map: https://bitly.ws/39U6c 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://wildwestendorf.wordpress.com/ Where to listen, download and subscribe to this podcast: https://pod.link/outdoorswithhikingbob
36:19 1/17/24
388 Winter Hiking
On this week's podcast, Bob and co-host Kevin discuss winter hiking, including how to prepare and where to go. Also, why now is the time to buy gear for next winter, the podcast's return to the Studio 809 group, why a road in a popular local park is closed, how many miles Bob hikes in 2023 and much 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://wildwestendorf.wordpress.com/ Where to listen, download and subscribe to this podcast: https://pod.link/outdoorswithhikingbob
44:50 1/10/24
387 Welcome to 2024
It's the New Year, and Bob and Kevin look back at 2023 and forward to 2024.  What did they do (or didn't do) last year, and what is ahead for them this year? 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://wildwestendorf.wordpress.com/ Where to listen, download and subscribe to this podcast: https://pod.link/outdoorswithhikingbob
30:10 1/3/24
386 Bob and Kevin catch up
After a long break while Bob was doing interviews, Kevin returns to the podcast.  He and Bob discuss the holidays, winter gear and when is the best time to buy, donating to the Give Campaign and other organizations, how to recycle your Christmas tree, first day hikes, and more. Give campaign:  https://givepikespeak.org/ Care and Share: https://careandshare.org/ Friends of Cheyenne Mountain State Park: https://friendsofcmsp.org/ First Day hikes: https://bitly.ws/37mQY 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://wildwestendorf.wordpress.com/ Where to listen, download and subscribe to this podcast: https://pod.link/outdoorswithhikingbob    
33:01 12/27/23
385 Give Pikes Peak Participant Catamount Institute
In the last of a series with groups particpating in the 2023 Give Pikes Peak campaign, Bob talks with Heather Graves, the Executive Director of the Catamount Institute They discuss the work the Catamount Institute does to introduce school age children to the outdoors, and how the can also prepare them for outdoor-related careers. They discuss how the institute works with schools, social organizations and home schooled children and parents, from kindergarten through to high school, and why donations through the Give campaign are so important. Give campaign:  https://givepikespeak.org/ Catamount Institute: https://www.catamountinstitute.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://wildwestendorf.wordpress.com/ Where to listen, download and subscribe to this podcast: https://pod.link/outdoorswithhikingbob
31:00 12/20/23
384 Give Pikes Peak Participant Friends of Monument Valley Park
It's time for the annual Give Pikes Peak campaign, and on this week's episode, Bob talks with Teri Peisner from the Friends of Monument Valley Park They discuss the work the group has done over the years to protect and restore the many old stone structures in Monument Valley Park, many of which go back to Colorado Springs' founder, General Palmer. They also discuss what projects are still ahead, and how support from Give donors will help them match grants and extend their resources.  Give campaign:  https://givepikespeak.org/ Friends of Monument Valley Park: https://www.fmvp.net/ 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://wildwestendorf.wordpress.com/ Where to listen, download and subscribe to this podcast: https://pod.link/outdoorswithhikingbob
22:55 12/13/23
383 Give Pikes Peak Participant RMFI
It's time for the annual Give Pikes Peak campaign, and on this week's episode, Bob talks with Calla Balliett from the Rocky Mountain Field Institute (RMFI) They talk about the work RMFI does on trails and in parks in the Pikes Peak region and how support during the Give campaign can help them continue their work. Give campaign:  https://givepikespeak.org/ Rocky Mountain Field Institute: https://www.rmfi.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://wildwestendorf.wordpress.com/ Where to listen, download and subscribe to this podcast: https://pod.link/outdoorswithhikingbob
34:33 12/7/23
382 Give Pikes Peak Participant Palmer Land Conservancy
It's time for the annual Give Pikes Peak  campaign, and on this week's episode, Bob talks with Kristie Nackord from the Palmer Land Conservancy. They talk about what the Palmer Land Conservancy does to secure land for not only recreation, but also for farming and ranching in the southern Colorado, and how support during the Give campaign can help them continue their work. Give campaign:  https://givepikespeak.org/ Palmer Land Conservancy: https://www.palmerland.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://wildwestendorf.wordpress.com/ Where to listen, download and subscribe to this podcast: https://pod.link/outdoorswithhikingbob
33:13 11/29/23
381 Who we appreciate on Thanksgiving
On this week's podcast, Bob and Kevin talk about who they are thankful for in their pursuit of outdoor recreation. Also, taking care of yourself and others, mentally and physically, 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://wildwestendorf.wordpress.com/ Where to listen, download and subscribe to this podcast: https://pod.link/outdoorswithhikingbob
27:15 11/22/23
380 Kevin has a health scare
On this week's podcast:  Wild Westendorf talks about an acute health scare he had over the weekend, and discuss taking better care of ourselves. Also, Bob talks about a movie that does a great job telling the story of a real-life incident. They also talk about the Give Pikes Peak campaign, and what plans they have made for next year. Give campaign:  https://givepikespeak.org/ Movie mentioned in this episode: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt13033424/ 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://wildwestendorf.wordpress.com/ Where to listen, download and subscribe to this podcast: https://pod.link/outdoorswithhikingbob
30:47 11/15/23
379 Give Pikes Peak Participant TOSC
It's time for the annual Give Pikes Peak  campaign, and on this week's episode, Bob talks with Trails and Open Spaces Coalition (TOSC) executive director Susan Davies. They talk about what TOSC accomplished with the funds raised during last years Give campaign, and what they hope to do in 2024 with funds raised this year. Also, they discuss what will be the hot topics concerning outdoor recreation in the Pikes Peak region in 2024 Give campaign:  https://givepikespeak.org/ Trails and Open Spaces Coalition: 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://wildwestendorf.wordpress.com/ Where to listen, download and subscribe to this podcast: https://pod.link/outdoorswithhikingbob
29:46 11/8/23
378 A Day in the Life of a USFS Law Enforcement Officer
On this week's podcast, Bob spends a day riding along with a U.S. Forest Service Law Enforcement Officer in the Pikes Peak Ranger District in Colorado's Pike National Forest. Find out what it's like to be responsible for protecting one of our countries most valuable resources. 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://wildwestendorf.wordpress.com/ Where to listen, download and subscribe to this podcast: https://pod.link/outdoorswithhikingbob
50:07 11/1/23
377 It's Official - We're the Best!
On this week's podcast, Bob announces that this podcast has been named the "Best Podcast for 2023". Find out by whom, and how it decided... Also, the Colorado Springs "Discover COS" calendar for 2024 has been released; the current status of the Blodgett Open Space Master Plan and the Fox Run Park Nature Center; Bob's recent trip to the east coast, 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://wildwestendorf.wordpress.com/ Where to listen, download and subscribe to this podcast: https://pod.link/outdoorswithhikingbob
28:05 10/25/23

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