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Neil Hannum, The Chip Peddler, was hit by a car last Sunday by Trimble. He's in critical condition.

Star Wars Enduro race Wednesday, June 29th in support of the injured Chip Peddler

28 Jun 2016 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

Copied from the Durango Freeride Facebook Page: STAR WARS ENDURO JUNE 29th!!! SUPPORTING THE CHIP PEDDLER! Volunteers and times- Course set up: (4:30-6) 2-3 people Registration: (5:45-6:30) 2 people Starter: (6:15-end) 2 people Finishers: (6:15-end) 3 people Course Marshals: (6:15-end) 2 people Race Info Star Wars Enduro race entries on Wednesday June 29th go to benefit Neil Hannum, the one and only Chip Peddler! Come Join us in supporting longtime Durango Resident and supporter of Durango DEVO, and the SKA ZIA team Neil Hannum, the…

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Kitty Charmer Trail, was a freeride trail coming off of Raider Ridge that was known for its challenging yet enjoyable gap jumps.

LPOSC Conservation Easement Amendment Policy inked shortly before vote on closing trails

27 Jun 2016 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

La Plata Open Space Conservancy drafted a new Conservation Easement Amendment Policy two months before a controversial vote by two City boards last May where several popular social trails were approved for closure. Neither the the City, nor the Open Space Conservancy shared this document with the public before the Natural Lands Board and the Parks and Recreation Boards voted to close social trails on City property that were held under conservation easements. Horse Gulch Blog obtained this Amendment Policy from the City of Durango…

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Rare images of the Lower Dolores River through Ponderosa Gorge at around 1200cfs, GoPro

25 Jun 2016 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

 

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Images from Sunday: riding Stagecoach Trail, downed trees across the trail, and speed bumps

22 Jun 2016 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

Stagecoach Trail is a sweet trail to shuttle by itself, or as the latter half of a shuttle ride from the top of Black Hawk Pass. It has steeps, wide trail in many places, and some fun natural features on the sides to jump or huck off of. It is in desperate need of some maintenance like the removal of around five larges aspens to cut with a chainsaw, and several sections that are overgrown with aspen saplings that will eventually make the trail unrideable…

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Scenes from the Animas River Days parade, Santa Rita Whitewater Park, 2016, in photos and video

6 Jun 2016 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

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Kitty Charmer Trail, was a freeride trail coming off of Raider Ridge that was known for its challenging yet enjoyable gap jumps.

City staff paid $1,480 dollars to close two popular social freeride mountain bike trails on city lands

26 May 2016 | Posted by Adam Howell. 9 Comments  

Last summer and again last April, the City of Durango sent out crews of city staff to its open space lands to close two popular freeride social trails–Kitty Charmer Trail in Horse Gulch and the Phoenix Trail in the Dalla Mountain Park. This blogger put in a records request to the City of Durango for some information on the expenditures made for these work days. After paying the City Clerks office a hefty chunk of change for this information, a report on what the City…

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Ten reasons why bikes should be allowed, not banned, in the City’s new Oxbow Preserve

11 May 2016 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

Bikes would provide a gentle way of traveling on the Oxbow Preserve trail where rider’s speeds would be scrubbed by the soft seasonally-inundated soil. You can hold values as a conservationist while supporting bike travel in the Preserve. ‘Share the Trails’ is a philosophy that avoids creating unnecessary conflicts between trail users. Birds and other wildlife have prime habitat all throughout the Preserve where they can forage in peace away from hikers and bikers. The City of Durango rejected the proposal of making the new…

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Time lapse of big-leaf picking in the Durango Organics greenhouse

27 Apr 2016 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

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My latest trail proposal ignored by Trails 2000, then rejected by City of Durango official

19 Apr 2016 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

Last week I put in a request to fix and enhance a dangerous jump line at the bottom of Sugar Trail in Horse Gulch due to the awkward proximity of the jumps to each other. The jump line as it is, and as I proposed, is completely optional for people on the Sugar Trail. My request from last Wednesday was then ignored by Mary Monroe Brown of Trails 2000, and today rejected by Durango’s Director of Parks and Recreation Cathy Metz. “Thanks Adam for the…

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A room full of steel clothes lines where Durango Organics hang dries marijuana buds

16 Apr 2016 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

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Backcountry splitboarding adventure with Alex and Hugo, GoPro, March 13, 2016

27 Mar 2016 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

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Bureau of Land Management aggressively enforcing trail closure on Animas Mountain

25 Mar 2016 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

The Bureau of Land Management is aggressively enforcing the trail closure on Animas Mountain that’s intended to protect big game. Last weekend, a law enforcement officer equipped with a radio, pepper spray, gun, etc. was waiting a couple hundred feet behind the gate and ready to hand out tickets for $275. A second offense is $500. The trail is clearly gated closed with signage attached to it. Please tell your friends not to duck the gate during this wonderful sunny weather that we’re having. Animas…

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Bike ban on city land? Revision to Oxbow Plan proposes first hiker-specific trail

17 Mar 2016 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

Bikes would be banned from the City’s new Oxbow Preserve under a proposed revision to the Oxbow Park and Preserve Management Plan that was recently offered by two members of the Natural Lands Board. Board members Steve Whiteman and Paul Wilbert floated the proposal as a compromise between conflicting management options that the board and members of the public have had difficulty in agreeing upon. The benefits of providing either year-round access, a seasonal closure or a year-round closure of the preserve have been debated…

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Alien Run Trail is dry, rideable, and The Black Hole may suck you in for a while

6 Mar 2016 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

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My 1st day of practicing tricks into a foam pit at the Woodward Barn at Copper Mountain

28 Feb 2016 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

Anyone who is interested in learning aerial tricks on their mountain bike, bmx bike, slopestyle bike, skateboard, Burton ParkBoard, or roller skis would benefit immensely from the more forgiving aspects of the foam pit that people can land in after hitting one of the jumps at the Woodward Barn at Copper Mountain. Three hours with a bike or skateboard costs $10 dollars. If you need a partner to join you and help share some travel or lodging costs, please contact me through the menu bar…

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Visa credit card, Bank of Colorado

Hacked: Phone line to Bank of Colorado’s Visa credit card activation, outsourced to Xerox

6 Feb 2016 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

A scam artist posing as a customer service representative obtained my Bank of Colorado credit card number using a deceptive pretext while I was trying to activate it over the phone. The phone number that I thought I had dialed was the 855-279-1051 number provided on the sticker that was initially on the card. Thinking that the people I reached were real employees working to activate my card on behalf of the bank or the credit card company, I gave the fraudsters my credit card…

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Splitboarding in the San Juan Mountains with a friend on 1/31/2016, GoPro video

4 Feb 2016 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

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Splitboarding on an AFC Sunday

Splitboarding on an AFC Sunday in the San Juan Mountains, GoPro movie

27 Jan 2016 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

Touring in the backcountry is a much better way to spend a Sunday than watching the AFC Chamionship on TV.

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This is a segment of the Falcon Trail that was marked for closure by Durango's Assistant Community Development Director Kevin Hall due to his  classification of it as a trespass.

City officials say they will give property owner some alternatives to Falcon Trail closures

17 Jan 2016 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

A private property owner that was disappointed with the City of Durango for ignoring her when plans were made to close trails on her land will instead be given some alternatives, two City officials said at a Natural Lands Board meeting. This blogger filed an open records request to get the skinny on what Anne Klein, the property owner, had to say to the City about its recommended closures, since she has refused to go on the record to answer any of my questions about…

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Sport Clips, Inc is now my favorite place for a haircut in Durango.

Review: Sports Clips, Inc. haircuts for men, at Town Center by Wal Mart

23 Dec 2015 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

Sports Clips, Inc. is a new chain business in Durango that provides haircuts specifically for men. My first haircut there was good enough to where I’d recommend that other men go there, as well. They’re not exactly a barber shop, but the lady who cut my hair had gone to school for cosmetology, which was just as helpful. At their new store I wasn’t wanting a shave from a straight razor, anyhow, just a tapered hair cut. What I got was their New Client Adult…

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