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Ease climbers' access to Colorado 14ers
Submitted By: John McNamee on Jan 26, 2006

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In today's (1/26/06) DenverPost, there is an editorial regarding access to all of Colorado's 14'ers. Eight of the state's 14,000-foot peaks are fully or partially on private land. Hopefully, the Bill will pass and ease access to these areas.

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By Buff Johnson
Jan 26, 2006
Thanks for the info on the article.

With respect to the Falls at Mt Lincoln, the USFS might be having some difficulty defining the survey points on mining claims for the access ways & the amphitheater (the areas surrounding & the Falls). I believe most of the mining shaft activities are on the upper portion of these mountains; with one shaft being very long (maybe a mile or so?) and comes close to the ground surface.

Indications from mtgs held, were that all parties wanted to try and work something out to keep access open with all recreational activities at Lincoln, Bross, Democrat; but the Rec Use Statue needed revision. Which is where we are now.

For those that don't know, Colorado allows a landowner liability protection as long as no fee is charged to climb (one of many defined recreational uses) - some exception examples are gross negligence, failure to warn against a known dangerous condition, & maintaining an attractive nuisance. While a mine shaft is an issue, natural occurring vertical features such as rock cliffs and ice flows are not.

I don't believe the Lincoln Falls have any mine shafts within proximity.

Some more info on the Rec Use Statute:
By Shawn Shannon
From: Everett, WA
Jan 30, 2006
Has anyone seen that access to Lincoln/Dem/Bross has actually been cut? I was actually going to run up them this weekend. This is definitely a shame. I'm fully in support of this bill! (I'm always in favor of making people to be responsible for themselves, and protecting people from stupid lawsuits)
By Buff Johnson
Jan 30, 2006
Shawn - we were just up there yesterday, the Falls are ok; but please don't go for a winter ascent yet. Most of us feel this access issue will work itself out once the mine shaft revision of the Rec Act is approved.

Conditions: Scottish Gully is fat, but had a good deal of snow holding on the low angled ice. The upper right curtain was in (I mean totally in). Sickle on a Stick is not. The lower right fall has a good 20' WI4+ column in. There is a flow left of Scottish that is also in, but has a good deal of snow coverage.

Overall, there is a good deal of snow, but we didn't need snowshoes for the approach.

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