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    Camping in Bear Country

    by Astrobuck Updated Feb 16, 2005

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    When camping in Colorado, there are many areas designated as being in "Bear Country." These are areas where bears have been seen frequently, or where they have known habitats. When camping, take advantage of food lockers (the green box pictured here). These are bear-proof lockers that are provided free of charge at most state parks. Unfortunately, if you hike and camp in the backcountry (aka roughing it), there are no bear-proof lockers around. In this case, tie all of your food, dirty dishes, and yes, trash, in a strong sack, climb a tree, and tie the sack in a tree about 10 - 20 feet off the ground (the higher the better). Make sure you tie your sack as far away from your campsite as possible. This will help keep bears away from your campsite. It is also helpful not to spill any food on the ground or on your clothes. For more information about bears, read the Bears section under the Warnings and Dangers Page.

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    Altitude Sickness

    by Astrobuck Updated Jan 25, 2005

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    Many people who come to Colorado Springs (or Colorado in general), experience altitude sickness. Colorado Springs is in a climate area known as "high plains desert." This is a combination of very low humidity and high altitude. In order to combat the ill-effects, you must drink A LOT of water. Before you come to experience high altitudes, be sure you drink between one quart to one gallon of water before your arrival. While you are here drink at least a quart a day. This is very serious, and many people have been rushed to the hospital because of this. Symptoms of altitude sickness are headaches, nausea, and fatigue.

    One additional tidbit of trivia: Did you know at 14,000 feet, you leave exactly 1/2 of the Earth's atmosphere behind? Drink your water!

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    Emergency Supplies

    by Astrobuck Updated Nov 15, 2004

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    The winter weather in Colorado can be treacherous. If you plan to drive through the montains when it snows, try not to. If you have to, keep a few things in your vehicle:

    1. A Gallon of Water
    2. Warm Clothes
    3. Blankets
    4. Non-perishable food items
    5. Flashlight
    6. First Aid Kit

    You never know what might happen, so do yourself a favor and keep these things with you at all times.

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    Bears

    by Astrobuck Written Dec 12, 2004

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    Bears are very territorial animals and have a very keen sense of smell. What many people don't realize is the fact that whenever a bear tastes something, it always goes looking for more, and will stop at nothing to get it. If you should happen to walk upon a bear (heaven forbid), do the following:

    1. Remain calm. You will be able to think more clearly.
    2. DO NOT under any circumstances, run. If you run, a bear will view you as prey, and will chase you down.
    3. When you hike, make pleny of noise. This will scare it. If you challenge the bear, it will see you as a threat.
    4. If you are ever attacked by a bear, play dead. If you fight, the bear will become more aggressive. You will never win, so don't try it.
    5. If you happen to stumble upon a bear cub, please leave. Momma Bear isn't far away, and will do anything to protect her young.

    These tips are basic, but will help you.

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    Driving up Pikes Peak

    by Florida999 Updated May 2, 2006

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    The road is not for anyone that is afraid of heights, or driving on steep roads, no guard rails and a thousand foot drop-off at the edge of the dirt road.
    Beware of overheating brakes on the way down. They actually check the temperature at the Ranger station and make you pull over if they are. We drove in first gear the entire way.

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    Severe Thunderstorms

    by Astrobuck Updated Apr 1, 2006

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    If you are visiting Colorado and either see or hear of a severe thunderstorm warning, please take it seriously. Due to Colorado's high altitude, it is very easy to get struck by lightning, no matter where you are. In addition, these storms that move out of the mountains have a tendency to spawn tornados as they move onto the prairie.

    This picture shows a severe thunderstorm in the foreground. Although it may look harmless in the picture, the fact is, it was worse.

    As I was driving, rain began to fall, lightning, thunder, etc. Nothing to it, right? So I thought....

    Next came the high wind and hail. My SUV was rocking back and forth. I pulled over. After the rain ceased, I began driving again. The strange thing was, although the wind and rain ceased, things were still blowing around!! I think I must have driven through some sort of vortex or something, because it was really wierd, just driving along, no wind hitting the vehicle, yet seeing stuff blowing and flying around.......!

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    VAIL PRICES

    by mtncorg Updated Feb 16, 2010

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    Vail's motto is "Vail - there's no comparison!" On a powder day in the Back Bowls, this comes close to the truth. Where it also rings true is on the cost of a day ticket - $98 - locals say that the resort is afraid to push prices beyond the $100 boundary. The Summit County resorts are $92 (except for Arapahoe Basin and Ski Cooper) and even Aspen/Snowmass is less at $90. The ticket price is the same for nearby Beaver Creek (too much for that resort, in my mind, as Beaver Creek, while good is not Vail). People walking up to the lift ticket windows can get a slight reduction in costs with a multiple day ski pass. It is not common to hear the sounds of astonishment voiced by new skiers to the mountain. Locals have access to various assorted deals that can significantly reduce costs. The name of the game is familiarity with the area and maybe some local friends who can score you some pre-season ski pass deals. I skied Vail with a friend who is a ski instructor. He gained me a complimentary ski pass. Vail for free?! I felt like I had won the lottery! :-)

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    It was sunny and warm in...

    by SURFIN7TH Written Sep 12, 2002

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    It was sunny and warm in Boulder. It was still sunny when I entered Loveland Pass with the brand new truck I borrowed from a friend. When I came out the other side it was blizzard, white out conditions an the roads were dangerous. Bring chains if you're driving to the mountains, you never know.

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    OOOOOPS!

    by johngayton Updated Mar 1, 2006

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    I suppose this is very much a John tip, but it could happen to us all - please agree with me, please.......... pretty please............

    So here I am on my travels. My lady friend and myself are heading from Keystone to Montana, to visit the state that is Steinbeck's favourite. We are doing the "Road Trip" thing, taking our time, stopping off here and there en-route. Our first planned stop is
    The Rocky Mountain National Park and I have booked an overnight stop at The Holiday Inn at Estes Park (Tip to follow - just had to write this one up as it is fresh in mind).

    Duly arrive, after my usual missing of the turning, thus requiring the scenic route, taking-in every possible street in Estes Park until we retrace our steps to find the hotel pretty much where we started from!!! Nothing new there then, but worse to come.

    I think this is going to take longer than one tip so am continuing on OOOOOPS! #2

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    Cattle have the right of way on "The Open Range"

    by 807Wheaton Updated Nov 8, 2006

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    I love the movie "Open Range" with Robert Duvall. When you drive through the southwestern part of Colorado near Gunnison you will see lots of roadsigns warning that cattle have the right of way - it's open range. It's also incredibly beautiful. The entire state of Colorado is very diverse with its scenery. From the Rockies in the east to the mesas in west, and the very beautiful Sangre de Cristo mountains in the southern part of the state, Colorado offers a buffet of visual beauty.

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    Watch out for the Elk on the Roads!

    by 807Wheaton Updated Nov 8, 2006

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    We have seen herds of 200 elk crossing fields and roads in residential areas in Colorado.
    It is very, very easy to "hit an elk" on the road. It's always a hazard there for the residents and the visitors.

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    16th Street Mall

    by newsphotogirl Updated Apr 8, 2006

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    Right in the heart of downtown the 16th Street Mall is a popular shopping area. It's basically a street that's closed to traffic. Be warned...a lot of homeless teenagers hang out here. Hold on to your purse. Purse snatching is not a major problem but it happens enough. Okay, it happened to me. There is a free shuttle that run from one end to the other.

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    OOOOOPS! #2

    by johngayton Updated Jul 2, 2013

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    Arrive at hotel, check-in, get major result: upgraded from standard room to suite!!!!

    Lookin' good so far?

    I do what I always do on arriving in a new hotel - first light a cigarette, then put coffee on, then have a look around room (in this case a suite! A first for me!). Hmmmm...........very impressed, but one thing mystified me: Why was there a huge TV in the bedroom, but only a tiny little one in the sitting room? Not only is it a tiny little one, but it is virtually impossible to see from the sitting room furniture - it was only just visible if you sat on the edge of the arm of the setee, and even then you have to crane your neck!!

    Having explained this to my companion, she, with peals of girlish laughter, pointed out that it wasn't the TV at all, but the microwave!!!!!!!!

    Well, let me get my excuses in first - I personaly don't own a television AND the microwaves I use at work are big silver things, as big as most TV's, AND I was sober at the time!

    Moral of the story: these new-fangled telling-vision things just serve to make the world a more complicated place - in future I will stick to my steam-powered radio thing with the cat's whisker tuner!

    Click on 2nd pic for finale :p

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    Steep Graded Roads

    by Astrobuck Written Jun 14, 2006

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    If you are driving in the mountains of Colorado, and you see one of these signs, PLEASE slow down!! Although 7% may not seem like a very steep road, it is very much so for the inexperienced driver. The higher the percentage grade, the steeper the road.

    One thing to keep in mind: When driving downhill on a graded road, DO NOT I repeat, DO NOT RIDE YOUR BRAKES!! (Keeping your foot on the brake at all times). If you choose to do this, you put yourself in danger. Riding your brake while driving down a steep grade causes your brakes to overheat. While overheating, the components in your braking system (discs and drums) become slick. When this happens, you have no brakes. Next thing you know, you are travelling down a steep grade at an excessive speed with no way to stop (unless you happen to find a runaway truck ramp). This could be catastrophic as you literally fly off the side of the mountain........

    The best way to safely maneuver these types of roads is to shift to a lower gear and gently tap your brake to help control your speed. If you get behind someone who is riding thier brake, try to get around them if possible, because they are causing you to do the same. If you can't get around them, shift to an even lower gear to give them a lot of headway.

    As always, drive safely.

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    Rattlesnakes

    by Astrobuck Updated Apr 21, 2007

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    I never knew that rattlesnakes were a big problem within the city of Colorado Springs. There are signs posted by one of the hiking/biking trails warning folks about the dangers of rattlesnakes on the trails that wind through the city.

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