Outdoors with Hiking Bob

By Hiking Bob Falcone

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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.

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330 Fishers Peak SP Manager Gives an Update
49:53
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  
Nov 30, 2022
329 Give! Participant Trails and Open Space Coalition
32:01
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
Nov 23, 2022
328 Give! Participant Catamount Institute
26:07
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
Nov 16, 2022
327 Hiking in Fishers Peak State Park
40:13
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
Nov 09, 2022
326 Bob's Mom Talks About Being Active at 85
35:26
  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
Nov 02, 2022
325 Answering listener questions and comments
38:14
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
Oct 26, 2022
324 Skagway Powerplant Hike
35:26
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
Oct 19, 2022
323 Old Stage Road and How Law Enforcement Abandoned its Residents
44:33
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
Oct 12, 2022
322 Comparing different adventure travel companies
36:51
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
Oct 05, 2022
321 Great Bear Rain Forest Trip
29:06
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
Sep 29, 2022
320 TOPS Story Map from TOSC
31:32
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
Sep 21, 2022
319 Close Old Stage Road?; Fishers Peak SP Master Plan; Keep Colorado Wild Pass
44:05
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  
Sep 14, 2022
318 The Persistence of Summer
39:06
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
Sep 07, 2022
317 Devils Head Tower; Preventable Deaths; Hikes for Visitors
45:16
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  
Aug 31, 2022
316 Being prepared and COS READY
34:55
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  
Aug 24, 2022
315 Hidden gems in southern Colorado
38:02
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
Aug 17, 2022
314 Don't take private land for recreational use
38:16
  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
Aug 10, 2022
313 "The Healthy Hiker" Alicia Filley talks about our Internal Loads
01:03:33
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
Aug 03, 2022
312 How does GPS work and how is it used to record hikes
40:48
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
Jul 27, 2022
311 Bi-Coastal Hiking
50:00
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
Jul 20, 2022
310 Devils Playground Trail Update
49:38
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
Jul 13, 2022
309 The Problem with Illegally Built Trails
40:02
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
Jul 06, 2022
308 Yellowstone flooding, Forest Fires, Summer Safety, more
43:44
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
Jun 22, 2022
307 ParkScore finally explained; Why rock piles on trails are bad
42:50
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
Jun 15, 2022
306 ParkScore Update; Photography workshops; Park master plan, more
44:25
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        
Jun 08, 2022
305 Why the ParkScore rating is flawed
39:08
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
Jun 01, 2022
304 CJ Runge with Mile High Youth Corps is the guest
44:07
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
May 25, 2022
303 Public Lands Day; Starlight Spectacular; Palus leaves; Trail 756
36:47
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
May 18, 2022
302 The Modern West podcast host Melodie Edwards
49:00
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  
May 11, 2022
301 Are Low Income Groups Being Forced Out of National Parks?
41:29
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
May 04, 2022
300 Special 300th Episode interview
10:01
On this week's podcast - the 300th! - Wild Westendorf took over the show while Bob was away on a trip and conducts an interview with a VERY special guest. It's someone listeners are familiar with, but have never heard from before. Thanks to Rich Gustason for his assistance, and to Joanne Peterson for suggesting this guest. Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit: https://www.patreon.com/hikingbob for more information Hiking Bob on ,   and  (HikingBob.com) Wild Westendorf on ,   and  (Wildwestendorf.com) Listen on ,   and 
Apr 27, 2022
299 Managing Our Outdoor Recreation Expectations
48:11
On this week's podcast, Bob talks with Becky Leinweber, the Executive Director of the Pikes Peak Outdoor Recreation Alliance. They discuss how public land managers are dealing with greatly increased visitor and usage numbers, and how other agencies, such as visitors bureaus, are helping visitors prepare for busier parks. Also, they mull over whether things will ever go back to "how they used to be", and how outdoor enthusiasts can better manage their own expectations and prepare for what is probably now the new normal. This podcast sponsored by the realtors at Springs Homes. (www.Springshomes.com) Pikes Peak Outdoor Recreation Alliance () 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  
Apr 20, 2022
298 TOPS 25th Anniversary with Britt Haley
44:01
On this week's episode, Bob interviews Britt Haley, the program manager of the Colorado Springs TOPS (Trails, Open Space and Parks) program, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2022. They discuss the history of the program, how the program works, how it has benefitted Colorado Springs, and what is ahead for the program. More info on the TOPS program: https://bit.ly/3jCawwJ Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit: https://www.patreon.com/hikingbob for more information Hiking Bob on ,   and  (HikingBob.com) Wild Westendorf on ,   and  (Wildwestendorf.com) Listen on ,   and   
Apr 13, 2022
297 More on North Cheyenne Bridge Project; NPS Week; more land restrictions
43:17
On this week's show, Bob interviews Aaron Egbert from the City of Colorado Springs about the North Cheyenne Canon Bridge Replacement Project. Also discussed: National Park Service week; more lands facing usage restrictions; cabins opening at Cheyenne Mountain State Park. This podcast sponsored by SpringsHomes.com Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit: https://www.patreon.com/hikingbob for more information Hiking Bob on ,   and  (HikingBob.com) Wild Westendorf on ,   and  (Wildwestendorf.com) Listen on ,   and 
Apr 06, 2022
296 Mt Whitney; North Cheyenne Canon; Santa Fe Open Space;
45:48
On this week's podcast, Bob and co-host Kevin discuss Kevin's upcoming hike on Mt Whitney; the status of the road project in North Cheyenne Canon Park; the opening of Santa Fe Open Space; and should Standard Time become permanent. Colorado Sun article about time change: https://bit.ly/3uE9KEn   Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit: https://www.patreon.com/hikingbob () for more information Hiking Bob on ,   and  (hikingbob.com) Wild Westendorf on ,   and  (wildwestendorf.com) Listen on ,   and  Apple podcast/itunes users: if links aren't visible, go to the podcast page on at hikingbob.com/podcasts 
Mar 30, 2022
295 Will we really ever accommodate all users? Hiker rescued twice; more
49:52
On this week's podcast, Bob and co-host Kevin discuss how land managers are dealing with increased usage, and they ask the question: Is it reasonable for users to ever expect our park experiences to return to a time when crowding, and traffic was not a problem and when advanced reservations were almost unheard of? And, should our public land managers even try to get back to those times? Is what we're experiencing now the new "normal"? Also, a discussion of a hiker who had to be rescued. Twice. On the same hike, in two days. What went wrong and how you can avoid it. Hiker rescued twice: This podcast sponsored by  Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit:  for more information Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,   and  Listen on ,   and     
Mar 23, 2022
294 Keep Colorado Wild Pass; Eldorado Canyon Timed Entry; Kane Ranch
37:12
On this week's podcast, Bob and co-host Kevin discuss an update on the Keep Colorado Wild Pass; timed entry reservations may be coming to Colorado's Eldorado Canyon; a new El Paso County Park, and more. Previous column about Eldorado Canyon: Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit:  for more information Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,   and  Listen on ,   and 
Mar 16, 2022
293 Building parks from reclaimed lands
36:49
On this week's podcast, Bob talks with Victoria Newhouse, the author of "Parks of the 21st century. Reinvented landscapes, reclaimed territories". They discuss the book's examination of parks that have been built on land formerly occupied by highways, railroads, airports, industrial sites, quarries and other property. The discussion goes over the effectiveness of using property that would at first glance not seem to be viable park land, with examples taken from many different countries. It's an engaging discussion on how to make the most of our natural resources. Buy the book on Amazon: This podcast sponsored by  Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit:  for more information Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,   and  Listen on ,   and 
Mar 09, 2022
292 Social Media Misinformation; CPW Bear Report; Oil Well Flats
42:22
In this week's podcast, Bob and co-host Kevin discuss the spread of mis-information and lies in regards to outdoor recreation in social media. Also, a report from Colorado Parks and Wildlife about bear activity in the state in 2021; hiking in Oil Well Flats; supporting the people of the Ukraine. Colorado Parks and Wildlife report: Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit:  for more information Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,   and  Listen on ,   and 
Mar 02, 2022
291 Update on CA tragedy; legalizing kids playing alone?, violating airspace
38:44
On this week's podcast, Bob and co-host Kevin provide an update on the tragic deaths of a family while hiking in California last year.  Also, a law working it's way through the Colorado legislature would insure that parents don't get in trouble for letting their kids play or walk around on their own. Some silliness in Wyoming over what constitute "trespassing". ...and much more! Links mentioned in this podcast: Update on family hiking tragedy: Proposed Colorado law: Hunters in Wyoming charged with trespassing: Follow-up article: Shoutout Colorado article featuring Bob: This podcast sponsored by  Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit:  for more information Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,   and  Listen on ,   and 
Feb 23, 2022
290 How Dangerous are National Parks?
36:53
On this week's podcast, Bob and co-host Kevin discuss a USA Today article that looks at a websites ranking of "dangerous" U.S. National Parks, and what is wrong with the data. Also, vehicle break-ins, a trailhead closure, an interesting video, and another podcast's look at climate change. USA Today article (subscription required): Website in USA Today article:   National Park Service risk management program: Vehicle break-ins: Boot making video: This American Life podcast: Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit:  for more information Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,   and  Listen on ,   and 
Feb 16, 2022
289 Colorado Parks and Wildlife's 125th Anniversary
34:01
On this episode, Bob chats with Michelle Seubert, the manager of Colorado's Barr Lake State Park. She is heading up the celebration of Colorado Parks and Wildlife's 125th anniversary. She shares tidbits of information about the history of the agency, including significant dates in the agencies history. Also, upcoming events to commemorate the anniversary. Colorado Parks and Wildlife website: This podcast sponsored by  Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit:  for more information Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,   and  Listen on ,   and 
Feb 09, 2022
288 Colorado Springs Parks Director Karen Palus is the Guest
42:10
On this week's podcast, Colorado Springs Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Director Karen Palus is the guest. The discussion covers what the parks department accomplished in 2021 and what's ahead in 2022.  There's a lot covered in this podcast! Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit:  for more information Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,   and  Listen on ,   and   
Feb 02, 2022
287 Climate change, Sweetwater Canyon, Winter rescue, Vote for this podcast
33:29
In this week's podcast, Bob and Kevin discuss how climate change is affecting winters in Colorado, and also the dramatically dropping water level in Lake Powell, and how this affects outdoor recreation. The discussion then goes to Kevin's recent hikes on the new trails in the Sweetwater Canyon in North Cheyenne Canon Park.  They also discuss a recent winter storm rescue in North Carolina and why they believe the person rescued was foolhardy, and put lives in danger. And finally, this podcast and Bob's column are up for Outdoor Media Awards, and they ask for listener support. This podcast sponsored by Links mentioned in this podcast: Lake Powell water level is dropping: Bob's articles about hiking the new trails:     North Carolina winter rescue: Colorado Search and Rescue card: Vote for this podcast! Best Podcast: Best Blog/Column: Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit:  for more information Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,   and  Listen on ,   and 
Jan 26, 2022
286 El Paso County Parks Director Todd Marts is the guest
46:33
This week's guest is El Paso County (Colorado) Community Services Director Todd Marts. As part of the Community Services department, he also oversees the county parks department, and has been a long-time parks department employee and was promoted to director in 2021. The discussion involves the past years successes and future plans for El Paso County Parks, including when new parks will open, and much more. Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit:  for more information Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,   and  Listen on ,   and 
Jan 19, 2022
285 Healthy Hiker Alicia Filley on how to train for long hikes
52:36
Alicia Filley, Physical Therapist a/k/a "The Healthy Hiker" and a frequent show guest, returns. On this episode the discussion centers around how someone who is usually a "day hiker" can train and prepare to do long, multi-day hikes, such as the Colorado Trail.  This podcast sponsored by  Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit:  for more information Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,   and  Listen on ,   and   
Jan 12, 2022
284 Winter recreation; What went wrong on Cheyenne Mountain?
40:45
On this week's podcast, Bob and co-host Kevin start the New Year by reviewing their experiences from 2021 and their plans for 2022. They also discuss preparing for winter weather recreation, and a lawsuit involving a guided hike on Cheyenne Mountain that resulted in a search and rescue operation. Winter weather prep article: Broadmoor lawsuit: Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit:  for more information Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,   and  Listen on ,   and 
Jan 05, 2022
283 All about the Colorado 14er's Initiative
01:05:13
On this week's podcast, Bob chats with Lloyd Athern, the Executive Director of  the Colorado Fourteeners Initiative. They discuss the organizations mission and goals, and the work they do to keep access to Colorado's highest peaks open to hikers and mountaineers.  They discuss the groups long history, and how they partner with the US Forest Service and other land managers to maintain trails 14,000' peaks. CFI website: Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit:  for more information Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,   and  Listen on ,   and 
Dec 29, 2021
282 Storms and preparedness; New Years resolutions and more
52:10
On this week's podcast, Bob and co-host Kevin Westendorf discuss a recent storm that hit Colorado Springs and the reaction people had to the resulting damage and power outages. They discuss whether people were reasonable in their expectations of the government to attend to their problems, and are people who seriously recreate outdoors better prepared for these events than those who aren't. Also, Bob talks about some first aid and blister remedies from Finally, Bob and Kevin discuss their resolutions for the upcoming year. Links in this podcast: Column about giving experiences for the holidays: Recent podcast with Colorado Springs' City Forester: Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit:  for more information Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,   and  Listen on ,   and 
Dec 22, 2021
281 2021 Indy Give Participant Pikes Peak Outdoor Recreation Alliance
40:52
On this week's podcast, Bob interviews Becky Leinweber, the Executive Director of the Pikes Peak Outdoor Recreation Alliance (PPORA), a new participant in the 2021 IndyGive campaign.  They discuss what makes PPORA unique in the outdoors recreation community, it's mission, it's outreach and stewardship, and how donations to the IndyGive will help it meet its goals. PPORA website: IndyGive campaign: Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit:  for more information. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,   and  Listen on ,  and   
Dec 15, 2021
280 2021 Indy Give Participant Rocky Mountain Field Institute
50:04
This week's podcast features Jennifer Peterson, the Executive Director of the Rocky Mountain Field Institute, and a participating organization in the 2021 IndyGive campaign. We discuss the work RMFI has done over the past year, the work planned for next year, and how your contribution can help them achieve their goals for the upcoming year. Rocky Mountain Field Institute: IndyGive campaign: Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit:  for more information. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Dec 08, 2021
279 An Update on Fishers Peak State Park
29:43
On this week's podcast, we go on an audio of tour of Fishers Peak State Park, with park manager Crystal Dreiling. As we stopped at a few different locations in the park, Dreiling describes each site, and what amenities are planned.  We also discuss the on-going planning process for the park, how the public can be involved in the process, and a timeline for the park development. This podcast sponsored by Fisher Peaks State Park website: Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit:  for more information. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,   and  Listen on ,  and     
Dec 01, 2021
278 Who we're thankful for; elitism and entitlement from some trail users
41:16
On this week's podcast, Bob and co-host Kevin talk about who they're thankful for this Thanksgiving and how they affect their love of the outdoors. Also, they discuss some troubling comments on social media that seem to promote a sense of entitlement and elitism from a small minority of trail users.  Why do some users feel that only they should have use of some trails? This podcast sponsored by  Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit:  for more information. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Nov 24, 2021
277 2021 IndyGive Participant Catamount Institute
27:56
This week's guest is Christopher Aaby, the Executive Director of the Catamount Institute, one of the participating non-profits in the 2021 IndyGive campaign. Bob and Chris discuss the mission and goal of the Catamount Institute to engage and connect kids with the outdoors with school programs, summer camps and more.  The IndyGive campaign helps the institute grant scholarships to kids and families who may not be able to otherwise participate. This podcast sponsored by Catamount Institute: IndyGive campaign: Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit:  for more information. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Nov 17, 2021
276 Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, part of the 2021 IndyGive campaign
26:42
On this week's podcast, Bob's guest is Diane Stine, the Development Director for the Colorado Springs Pioneer's Museum, which is part of the 2021 IndyGive campaign.   They discuss the research resources available to the public from museum staff, what kind of artifacts are in the museum has, and their educational programs, and special displays, such as the Cultural Crossroads exhibit. Links for this podcast:  Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit:  for more information. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Nov 10, 2021
275 Colorado Springs City Forester Dennis Will is the guest
54:23
Colorado Springs City Forester Dennis Will is the guest on this weeks podcast. What does the city forester do? How long has the city had it's own forester? How many trees are in Colorado Springs? Why do some trees grow here, while others don't? These, and more questions are all answered in this lively and informative podcast. Colorado Springs Forestry Department website: Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit:  for more information. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Nov 03, 2021
274 What happened to the family in California?
37:24
On this week's episode, Bob and co-host Kevin discuss the circumstances surrounding the death of a family who were hiking in California, and what lessons can be learned and applied from the tragedy. Also, why are signs at a local trailhead causing confusion about search and rescue costs? Also, an update on this winters weather prediction, the Indy Give, and more. This podcast sponsored by US News article about family hiking tragedy: National Weather Service winter weather prediction: Indy Give campaign: Colorado's newest state park: Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit:  for more information. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Oct 27, 2021
273 Trails and Open Space Coalition Exec Director Susan Davies
39:38
On this week's podcast, Trails and Open Space Coalition (TOSC) Executive Director Susan Davies is the guest.  Topics discussed are Colorado Springs' ballot issue 2C (extension of the city's TOPS tax) and the upcoming IndyGive campaign. TOSC website: IndyGive website: Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit:  for more information. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Oct 20, 2021
272 Pay for Search and Rescue? Also, trail etiquette
45:48
This week Bob and co-host Kevin discuss why some agencies in charge a fee for search and rescue missions, and why agencies in Colorado don't. Should people be charged for the cost of rescues? How is that decided, and who makes the decision? It's a pretty lively discussion. Also, we respond to a listener request and go over basic trail etiquette. This week's podcast sponsored by New York Times article (may require account) Family charged with cost of "preventable" rescue: Previous podcast with El Paso Cnty SAR: Colorado Search and Rescue card: Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit:  for more information. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Oct 13, 2021
271 Fall colors; lake hike; new YouTube channel; Garden of the Gods, more
35:23
On this week's podcast, Bob and co-host Kevin update fall colors conditions in Colorado (it's a hot topic this time of the year); Kevin talks about his latest lake hike; road work coming to the Garden of the Gods and how it impacts outdoor recreation; Bob's new YouTube channel, and more. Garden of the Gods Motorless Morning: 30th Street construction project: Bob's YouTube Channel: Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit:  for more information. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,   and  Listen on ,  and   
Oct 06, 2021
270 How could a hiker death been avoided; Fall Colors; La Nina Winter?
49:39
On this week's podcast, Bob and co-host Kevin discuss a hiker death in the Arizona desert and lessons that can be learned that affect hiking in Colorado's mountains. Also, will this winter be a La Nina event, and what does that mean? Leave No Trace "Hot Spot" week in Colorado Springs; fall colors; what was your most impactful National Park, and more.  Hiker death in Arizona: La Nina winter: Bob's Fall Colors Photography workshop:  This podcast sponsored by  Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit:  for more information. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Sep 29, 2021
269 Bob and Kevin call out the sociopaths vandalizing parks
40:14
On this week's podcast Bob and co-host Kevin discuss extensive vandalism at a Colorado Springs city park, and deliver some harsh words to those responsible. You've never heard them be this forthright about a topic before. They also discuss the start of the fall foliage season; an award given to Bob; and why is there a shortage of Gatorade? Article about why leaves change colors: Bob's photography workshop at the Garden of the Gods: Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit:  for more information. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Sep 22, 2021
268 Another 14er closed; poles or no poles; Tarantulas?
48:22
On this week's podcast, Bob and co-host Kevin discuss the closure of a 14,000' peak by the private land-owner and the reasons why it was closed.  Also a discussion about whether or not to use hiking poles; tarantulas in Colorado; and more. Colorado Sun article about Mt. Lindsey closure:   Outside.com article about hiking pole use:   Tarantula Migration, from Visit LaJunta:  Bob's Fall Colors Photography workshop: This podcast sponsored by  Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit:  for more information. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,   and  Listen on ,  and   
Sep 15, 2021
267 Should Pikes Peak be a National Park?
53:03
On this week's podcast, Bob and co-host Kevin discuss a proposal to make Pikes Peak into a national park; new trails being built in North Cheyenne Canon Park, and associated trail closures; fall colors are coming; and recent interactions with listeners of the podcast. Vote for this podcast! https://www.facebook.com/groups/outdoormediaawards TV report about making Pikes Peak a national park: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nKc2GdG9A7Y Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit:  for more information. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Sep 08, 2021
266 Mountain lake hikes, a 5 year-old does the AT, animal encounters, more
53:45
On this week's podcast, Bob and co-host Kevin discuss hikes they did to mountain lakes; talk about news reports of encounters with moose and a mountain lion and whether you should be worried; they also talk about a 5 year-old boy who through-hiked the entire Appalachian Trail with his parents; a trail closure due to flooding, and more. This episode sponsored by   5 year-old hikes the AT: Fatal moose encounter: Mountain lion attacks child in California: Greenhorn Trail closure notice: Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit:  for more information. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Sep 01, 2021
265 Successful Search and Rescues; Homelessness in Forests, Bob asks for listener support
42:27
On this week's podcast, Bob and Kevin discuss  why some recent backcountry rescues went well due to hikers being prepared. Also, they discuss people taking up residence in our forests, including a discussion about a recent news article on the subject. Rescue on Boundary Peak: Rescue on Crestone Needle (Facebook post): Bob's article about water purification: Colorado Sun article about homeless people living in the Pike National Forest: Earlier podcast with Pikes Peak District Ranger: Bob can use your help getting his photos on billboards across the country! Vote here: Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit:  for more information. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Aug 25, 2021
264 Bob and Kevin catch-up on recent events. Bob asks for listener support
48:00
On this week's podcast, Bob and Kevin catch up on recent events: Kevin climbs another 14'er, and to an alpine lake, and Bob and Kevin hike on Pikes Peak. Bob asks listeners to vote for his photography: Also, they ask everyone to take a poll at South Slope Recreation Area info: Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit:  for more information. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Aug 18, 2021
263 Rocky Mountain Field Institute Exec Director Jennifer Peterson
01:15:50
Bob's guest this week is Jennifer Peterson, the Executive Director of the Rocky Mountain Field Institute (RMFI).  They discuss this years 40th anniversary of the founding of RMFI, their current work on the Devils Playground trail on the west side of Pikes Peak, and on the Barr Trail on the east side of America's Mountain. Also, their recently completed work in the Sangre de Cristo mountains, and new projects they've undertaken there, plus more. Rocky Mountain Field Institute: This show sponsored by:  Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit:  for more information. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Aug 11, 2021
262 Colorado Springs Parks Director Karen Palus is the guest
01:10:32
Colorado Springs Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Director Karen Palus is Bob's guest on this week's podcast. A semi-annual guest, she talks with Bob about the opening of the new Pikes Peak Summit Complex and the Colorado Springs Sesquicentennial.  They also discuss a study that evaluated the needs of the parks department in terms of infrastructure, and another study that compared where the parks department ranks with other cities.  Finally, they discuss overall parks department funding and how it compares now to prior to the 2008 recession, and then they discuss the TOPS program and the forthcoming ballot measure to extend the program. (Note: at the time of this recording and posting, the TOPS ballot language had not been finalized by Colorado Springs City Council. The actual ballot language may differ from what is discussed here). This show sponsored by:  Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit:  for more information. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,   and  Listen on ,  and   
Aug 04, 2021
261 Recent Hikes, Quandary Peak reservations, planning ahead, COS150, more
41:18
On this week's podcast, co-host Kevin joins Bob for a lively show. They discuss Kevin's recent trip to Capitol Reef National Park, and a caving misadventure.  Also in this podcast: parking reservations for Quandary Peak, and the need to plan ahead in general for outdoor recreation; Colorado Springs 150th Anniversary Celebration; free Colorado State Parks access to commemorate Colorado Day, and more. This podcast sponsored by Quandary Peak reservation system information: Colorado Springs 150th Anniversary: Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit:  for more information. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Jul 28, 2021
260 Leave No Trace with Park Ranger Gillian Rossi
59:05
On this 5th Anniversary episode, Bob's guest is Colorado Springs TOPS Park Ranger Supervisor Gillian Rossi.  They talk about Leave No Trace principles and why they are important for the health of our parks and open spaces, and the wildlife in them. They also discuss the role of park users in influencing other park users to follow LNT principles. Leave No Trace: Colorado Springs Parks, Trails & Open Spaces: This show sponsored by:  Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit:  for more information. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Jul 21, 2021
259 Mandy Horvath talks about her climb on Mt. Kilimanjaro
01:20:45
On this week's podcast, Mandy Horvath returns to tell the story of her history-making ascent of Mt. Kilimanjaro. She talks about the physical and emotional affects of her visit to Tanzania and of her climb to the summit of the mountain.  You'll be in awe of her most recent accomplishment. Mandy Horvath on Instagram: @lifeproofbionicwoman Mandy's website:   Conservation Through Tourism: Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit:  for more information. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,   and  Listen on ,  and   
Jul 14, 2021
258 Get to know the Bureau of Land Management
31:34
On this week's podcast, Bob's guest is Kate Miyamoto from the Colorado state office of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.  They discuss the role of BLM, it's land holdings in Colorado, to include recreational lands and more. After the podcast, Ms. Miyamoto provided more information, that can be found here: This week's podcast sponsored by Springs Homes: Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit:  for more information. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Jul 07, 2021
257 Wildfire recovery, Recent hikes, product reviews, lightning safety
51:40
On this week's episode, Bob and co-host Kevin discuss Bob's recent hikes in the Roosevelt National Forest, and wonder why trails that were destroyed by fire at the same time as the Waldo Canyon Fire have been rebuilt, while Waldo Canyon is still unrestored. Also, Bob reviews some products he's been sent, and a product Kevin will be testing. Also, lightning safety, and more. This show sponsored by: Product reviews: Coalatree: Sawyer: Special Offer from Pocket Pals Trail Maps: , offer code: Thank You! Column about skin cancer: Why you get winded when starting a hike by going uphill: Video on Lightning Safety: Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit:  for more information. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Jun 30, 2021
256 Avery from the Crispy Soul Podcast is the guest
55:11
On this week's podcast, Bob's guest is Avery, the host of the "Crispy Soul Podcast". Avery explains what a "crispy soul" is, and then she and Bob discuss their adventures in outdoor recreation, how she got started hiking and camping, including mistakes made along the way. Avery also talks about how outdoor recreation helps her mental state, and general mental well-being. It's an interesting, informative and insightful episode! The Crispy Soul Podcast: Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit:  for more information. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Jun 23, 2021
255 More hiking in New Mexico, Pikes Peak Summit House Preview, Hiking Prep
39:50
On this week's podcast, co-host Kevin finishes reviewing the hiking he did in National Parks in New Mexico. Bob talks about visiting the soon-to-be completed Pikes Peak Summit House; they also discuss pre-planning hiking trips and being prepared; is Pikes Peak the right hike for your first 14'er; and more. Ten Essentials: Rocky Mountain Ride: / This week's podcast sponsored by Springs Homes () Recreate Responsibly:   Bob's Wildflower Photography Workshops- Garden of the Gods, June 26th:  Cheyenne Mountain State Park, June 27th:  Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit:  for more information. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,   and  Listen on ,  and   
Jun 16, 2021
254 Hiking in New Mexico; Recreate Responsibly; Listener Question; more
55:58
On this week's podcast, Bob and co-host Kevin discuss Kevin's recent trip to a few National Parks in New Mexico; the "Recreate Responsibly" campaign, and what you should do if your favorite trail is busy; answering a listener question; and more. Recreate Responsibly:  Pocket Pals Trail Maps: Rocky Mountain Ride: / Bob's Wildflower Photography Workshops- Garden of the Gods, June 26th: Cheyenne Mountain State Park, June 27th: Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit:  for more information. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Jun 09, 2021
253 American Hiking Society and National Trails Day
39:41
On this week's podcast, Bob's guest is Wesley Trimble, the Communications and Creative Director for the American Hiking Society. He and Bob discuss the origins of AHS, it's mission, membership and National Trails Day.  It's an interesting discussion about an influential group. This week's podcast sponsored by Springs Homes () American Hiking Society: Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit:  for more information. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Jun 03, 2021
252 Physical Therapist Alicia Filley and Post-COVID Health and Fitness
57:25
On this week's podcast, the guest is physical therapist and "The Healthy Hiker", Alicia Filley.  A frequent guest on the podcast, and Bob's resident expert on fitness, she talks about how to get rid of the extra "COVID weight" many people seemed to gain, and how to exercise at home to get in shape for the summer hiking season. The Healthy Hiker website: Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit:  for more information. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,   and  Listen on ,  and   
May 26, 2021
251 Mandy Horvath plans to climb Mt Kilimanjaro
51:31
On this week's podcast, Bob chats with Mandy Horvath, the "Lifeproof Bionic Woman".  Mandy recounts the traumatic event that permanently changed her life, the challenges that followed, and her accomplishments along the way. Her next challenge is to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro, and she talks about her preparation and fund raising efforts for the climb. : : https://www.gofundme.com/f/MandyHKilimanjaro This podcast sponsored by Springs Homes. Find them at Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit:  for more information. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
May 19, 2021
250 153 Person hike; More land access restrictions; Gold Camp Road closure
49:22
On this week's podcast, Bob and co-host Kevin discuss an illegal hiking group of 153 people in the Grand Canyon; more land access restrictions coming; and should Gold Camp Road in Colorado Springs be permanently closed?; Colorado Public Lands Day Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit:  for more information. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
May 11, 2021
249 Fatal Bear Attack; 14'ers closed; maps
36:15
On this week's podcast, Bob and co-host Kevin discuss a very rare fatal bear attack in Colorado; a couple of 14er's that have been closed by their private owners and what led it to happen;  a free source of topographical maps, and more. Topo maps: Local trail maps: Pocket Pals trail maps This podcast sponsored by Springs Homes. Find them at Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit:  for more information. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
May 05, 2021
248 Keep Colorado Wild Pass; Discounted CPW park passes; SAR study
43:58
On this week's podcast, there's a lot of outdoor recreation politics for Colorado. First, Bob and co-host Kevin discuss the "Keep Colorado Wild Pass" bill that was recently introduced in the state senate. You can read the bill language here:   and read the FAQ here: Then, they discuss a new program allowing for bulk purchasing of yearly state park passes at discounted rates. And finally, the "Strengthening Backcountry Search and Rescue" bill: And FAQ: Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit:  for more information. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,   and  Listen on ,  and   
Apr 28, 2021
247 Leave Wildlife Alone; Bear Attack, What went wrong in Death Valley
45:19
On this week's podcast, Bob and co-host Kevin discuss Colorado Parks and Wildlife's campaign to remind people to leave wildlife alone; a bear attack near Yellowstone; a tragic incident in Death Valley National Park, and how tips on how to avoid a similar fate; damage to ancient petroglyphs in Utah and more. This episode sponsored by the real estate pros at springshomes.com Colorado Parks and Wildlife ":  Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit:  for more information. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Apr 21, 2021
246 Get to Know the Colorado Mountain Club
53:36
On this episode of the podcast, Bob chats with Keegan Young, the Executive Director of the Colorado Mountain Club. They discuss the history of the club, it's organizational structure, and emphasis on training and advocacy, and more. Colorado Mountain Club website: CMC.org Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit:  for more information. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Apr 14, 2021
245 A visit with the Friends of the Equestrian Skills Course
18:18
On this week's podcast, Bob talks with Debbie Bibb from the Friends of the Equestrian Skills Course. They discuss the training opportunities they provide for equestrians, and how they work to improve interactions with other trail users. Also, the discuss an upcoming fund-raiser for the group. Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit:  for more information. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,   and  Listen on ,  and   
Apr 07, 2021
244 Finding trails when traveling; Hiker stabs biker!?; more
47:35
This week Bob and co-host Kevin talk about how they find hiking trails while traveling, and an incident in Washington State where a hiker and cyclist argued over right-of-way, which resulting in one getting stabbed. Who was right and who was wrong? Bob and Kevin weigh in, and discuss the nuances of trail etiquette. Also, did REI change their reward/dividend policy again this year? And, Pikes Peak Summit is closed! Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit:  for more information. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Mar 31, 2021
243 An update on the Ring the Peak Trail
49:20
On this week's podcast, Bob chats with Mike Rigney, Ring the Peak project manager for the Trails and Open Space Coalition about the status of the trail network around Pikes Peak, and the progress towards getting the gaps in the network closed.   Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit:  for more information. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Mar 24, 2021
242 Blizzard; Parks Dept head retiring; e-bikes on trails? and more
39:45
On this week's podcast, Bob and co-host Kevin discuss the recent blizzard to hit Colorado and what it means for recreation and the environment. Also, a local parks department head is retiring, more e-bikes coming to trails and parks, and much more.  Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit:  for more information. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Mar 17, 2021
241 Colorado Wilderness Act and Colorado Outdoor Recreation and Economy Act explained
39:58
On this week's podcast, Bob talks with Jim Lockhart and John Stansfield who both represent local outdoor advocacy group Wild Connections, and also the Pikes Peak region's chapter of the Sierra Club. They discuss the Colorado Wilderness Act and the Colorado Outdoor Recreation and Economy Act, and get into what the legislation's will do, and their impact on outdoor recreation in Colorado. Also, some thoughts on the relocation of the Bureau of Land Management from Washington DC to Grand Junction, Colorado. Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit:  for more information. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,   and  Listen on ,  and   
Mar 10, 2021
240 No REI dividends?, Russian mystery solved, Maps vs GPS
45:16
On this week's podcast, Bob and Kevin discuss retail giant REI's decision to not give out dividends to members this year, and the reaction they're getting. Also, a "cold case" mystery involving Russian hikers may have been solved, and the age old question of which is better: a paper map or a GPS is addressed. Russian mystery article: Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit:  for more information. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Mar 03, 2021
239 A local trails legend passes away; National Parks app, and more
34:13
On this week's episode, Bob and co-host Kevin reflect on the untimely death of a local trails and park legend; review a new app for National Parks; discuss if the recent snow will make for a good wildflower season, and more. Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit:  for more information. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Feb 24, 2021
238 El Paso County Search and Rescue
01:00:01
On this week's episode, Bob talks with Brian Kinsey, the Deputy Operations Director for El Paso County (CO) Search and Rescue.  They discuss the history of the organization, what kind of missions it responds to, and the training its members undergo.  Also, how to safely recreate outdoors, and more. Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit:  for more information. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Feb 17, 2021
237 Avalanche safety; CPW Wildlife Area Pass; Pay-to-play; EPC parks hiring
45:19
In this week's podcast, Bob and Kevin discuss the high number of avalanche incidents recently in the western US, including Colorado, and how to be avalanche aware. Also, a proposal from Colorado Parks and Wildlife to establish a recreational pass for wildlife areas. It is ready for prime-time?, They also discuss if Colorado is becoming a "pay-to-play" state for outdoor recreation, and finally, a interesting job opening in El Paso County Parks. Links mentioned in this podcast: Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit:  for more information. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Feb 10, 2021
236 Muddy Trails, Answering a listener request, shooting ranges in forests?
37:15
On this week's podcast, Bob and co-host Kevin discuss the etiquette of hiking on muddy trails (it is a thing), we answer a listener question, and discuss the U.S. Forest Services plans for shooting ranges in the national forests. Public input on shooting ranges Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit:  for more information. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Feb 03, 2021
235 Snowshoer rescue; Listener question; Parks Dept 50th anniversary, more
43:32
On this week's episode, Bob and co-host Kevin discuss an incident of a snowshoer having to be rescued on Berthoud Pass. They discuss why it happened, and more importantly, how it could have been avoided. CBS4 report on the Berthoud Pass Colorado Avalanche Information Center Bob's recent articles about , and They also answer a listeners question: "When is a trail a trail?" The answer may not be very simple. Also, El Paso County Parks and a lot more.  Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit:  for more information. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,   and  Listen on ,  and       
Jan 27, 2021
234 Physical Therapist Alicia Filley talks nutrition and staying active in the winter
01:07:34
On this episode, Bob chats with Alicia Filley, "The Healthy Hiker" about nutrition and weight management during the winter months, and especially during COVID-19.  Alicia offers tips on how to maintain a good diet in the winter, and how hikers can keep their "tank full" while on the trails. Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit:  for more information. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Jan 20, 2021
233 New Years Resolutions; What do listeners want to hear; winter hiking; Pikes Peak; more
59:49
On this week's podcast, Bob and co-host Kevin discuss New Years resolutions; ask the listeners who and what they want to hear on future podcasts; discuss winter hiking equipment and preparation; why people shouldn't hike to the summit of Pikes Peak until spring; Hanging Lake; and a new national park. Links mentioned in this podcast: Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit:  for more information. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Jan 13, 2021
232 Colorado Springs Parks Director Karen Palus with year-end update
01:14:00
To start off the new year (and aren't we glad it's finally 2021?), Bob's guest is Karen Palus, the director of Colorado Springs Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services.  We discuss what the department as accomplished in 2020 and what's ahead for 2021 (a new summit house!). We discuss how COVID-19 affected the operations of the department, the upcoming sesquicentennial and more. Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit:  for more information. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Listen on ,  and   
Jan 06, 2021
231 El Paso County Parks Director Tim Wolken end-of-year update
45:21
On this week's podcast, Bob sits down for a chat with Tim Wolken, the head of El Paso County (CO) Community Services Department, which includes the county parks system. We discuss how some foresight from the county commissioners kept the department from taking a big financial hit during the COVID-19 crisis, the accomplishments of the parks department over the last year, and what's ahead for 2021. What new parks are coming, what parks are expanding, and what park is getting renamed, all in this podcast. Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit:  for more information. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Dec 30, 2020
230 CSPD Crime Prevention Officers Chris Ausec and Wes Wilkerson
54:47
On this week's podcast, Bob talks with Colorado Springs Police Department Crime Prevention Officers Chris Ausec and Wes Wilkerson. They discuss crime rate in Colorado Springs and on its trails and in its parks (it's less than you think); what kind of crimes are most prevalent, and how to avoid becoming a victim; the homeless community and whether or not they contribute to the crime rate (the answer will surprise you); and more.  This is a very lively and informative episode. Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit:  for more information. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Dec 23, 2020
229 2020 IndyGive participant Medicine Wheel Trail Advocates
53:13
This week's podcast is features Medicine Wheel Trail Advocates, a  group participating in the 2020 IndyGive! campaign.  In this podcast I speak with MWTA Executive Director Cory Sutela and  Board of Directors member Mike Rigney. We discuss the latest developments in outdoor recreation in the Pikes Peak region, catch up on what MWTA has been working on recently and also what is planned for the future. IndyGive website:  Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit:  for more information. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Dec 16, 2020
228 Hiking in Death Valley; Backcountry Winter Safety; the Monolith; more
50:57
On this week's podcast, Kevin returns and catches up with Bob. They discuss hiking in Death Valley, Valley of Fire and also in Arizona. They also discuss Colorado Backcountry Winter Safety Awareness week, the "Monolith" that was found in Utah and who they think is responsible for the debacle that followed, and more. Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit:  for more information. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Dec 09, 2020
227.1 2020 Indy Give participant Palmer Land Conservancy
41:41
On one of two podcasts this week featuring groups that are participating in the 2020 IndyGive! campaign, Bob talks with Palmer Land Conservancy President and CEO Rebecca Jewett. They discuss the organizations recent name change, it's mission and it's work to preserve land for both recreation and agriculture. IndyGive website:  Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit:  for more information. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Listen on ,  and   
Dec 02, 2020
227.2 2020 Indy Give Participant Rocky Mtn Field Institute
51:39
On one of two podcasts this week featuring groups that are participating in the 2020 IndyGive! campaign, Bob talks with Rocky Mountain Field Institute Executive Director Jennifer Peterson. They discuss the work that RMFI has done to build and repair trails in Colorado Springs, El Paso County and the Colorado backcountry. They also discuss the work RMFI has done to train new crew leaders from other organizations. IndyGive website:  Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit:  for more information. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Listen on ,  and   
Dec 02, 2020
226.2 2020 Indy Give participating group Trails and Open Space Coalition
40:16
On one of two episodes this week dedicated to groups participating in the 2020 Indy Give campaign, Bob talks with Trails and Open Spaces Coalition executive director Susan Davies.  A frequent guest on the podcast, Susan gives an update on important issues surrounding parks, trails and open spaces in the Pikes Peak region and how you can support the groups work by donating via the Indy Give campaign.  IndyGive website:  Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit:  for more information. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Nov 25, 2020
226.1 2020 Indy Give participating group Wild Connections
36:54
On one of two episodes this week dedicated to groups participating in the 2020 Indy Give campaign, Bob talks with Jim Lockhart and John Stansfield from "Wild Connections". They discuss what the group does to preserve public lands for recreation, and their work with land managers and other groups. They talk about what areas and issues are concerning them now, and how you can support their work via the Indy Give campaign.   Wild Connections also appeared in an Wild Connections website:  IndyGive website:  Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit:  for more information. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Nov 25, 2020
225.2 2020 Indy Give Campaign participants Friends of Monument Valley Park
33:04
On one of two episodes this week dedicated to groups participating in the 2020 Indy Give campaign, Bob talks with Doyle Lyons and Teri Peisner from the Friends of Monument Valley Park.  They talk about the work the group is doing to restore the historic stone work in the park, and preserving a piece of Colorado Springs history. The Friends of Monument Valley Park also appeared in an Friends of Monument Valley Park website: IndyGive website: Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit:  for more information. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Nov 18, 2020
225.1 2020 Indy Give participant Catamount Institute
33:05
On one of two podcasts this week dedicated to the 2020 IndyGive campaign, Bob talks with Christopher Aaby, the Executive Director of the Catamount Institute. They discuss the work they do with getting kids of all ages introduced to the outdoors, not only for recreation, but also to learn about science and nature.  The Catamount Institute was also featured in Catamount Institute website: IndyGive website: Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit:  for more information. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Nov 18, 2020
224 Hiking on Pikes Peak; Being prepared for hard hikes; e-bikes
01:00:04
On this week's podcast Bob and co-host Kevin discuss their recent hike on Pikes Peak, and the logistics and planning behind it. Also, the unprepared hikers they ran into on the hike, and hikers who had to be rescued from Mt Elbert. They also discuss e-bikes on trails and a survey from Colorado Springs Parks Department, and Veterans Day. Links to topics in this week's episode: Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit:  for more information. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Nov 11, 2020
223 Fishers Peak opens; Indy Give; which GPS works best; misbehavior
58:39
On this week's podcast, Bob and co-host Kevin discuss the limited opening of Fishers Peak State Park; a plea for non-profits to recognize their supporters and volunteers even in light of COVID-19 restraints; the start of the IndyGive campaign; what kind of GPS works best; and an example of terrible behavior in our public lands. Links to topics discussed this week: Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit:  for more information. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Nov 04, 2020
222 Missing hiker in Zion NP-What really happened? Crime prevention, and more
39:41
On this week's podcast, Bob and Kevin discuss some questions surrounding the disappearance - and rescue - of a hiker who went missing in Zion National Park, and also a missing hiker near Mt. Rainier. Also, winter hiking preparation, recent hikes, and crime prevention when hiking. Links to topics in this podcast: Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit:  for more information. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Oct 28, 2020
221 Mountain lion encounter, missing hikers, winter weather prediction
54:30
On this week's podcast, Bob and co-host Kevin discuss a mountain lion encounter in Utah;  a couple of incidents involving missing hikers and how they turned out; how a nearby national forest district is changing how they do dispersed camping; and what the winter weather forecast looks like. Links to topics mentioned in this podcast: Mountain lion encounter: South Platte Ranger District dispersed camping rules: Winter weather forecast: Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit:  for more information. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Oct 21, 2020
220 Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers is the guest
48:10
On this week's podcast, Bob's guest is Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers. They discuss two issues on the 2020 ballot; General William Palmer's influence on governing the city almost 150 years after founding it; how Suthers ended up as mayor after a long career in public service, and a much, much more. Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit:  for more information. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Oct 14, 2020
219 Fall colors update; is Colorado Springs a safe place?; City budget has increases for parks;, more
42:57
On this week's podcast, Bob and co-host Kevin update on where to find fall colors, recent hikes in Great Sand Dunes National Park and on Cheyenne Mountain; increases in 2021 city budget for parks; discuss whether Colorado Springs is a safe city and how a recent tragedy was blown out of proportion; outage coming to COTREX (Colorado Trails Explorer), and more. Links discussed in this podcast: Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit:  for more information. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Oct 07, 2020
218 Fall colors update, winter camping, news about Fishers Peak, more
36:36
On this week's podcast, Bob and co-host Kevin give a fall colors update; talk about winter camping;  Bob's frustrations with GoPro and more. Websites mentioned in this show:  Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit:  for more information. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,   and  Listen on ,  and   
Sep 30, 2020
217 Nimby-ism, Pikes Peak Apex, Fall Colors, a new park, and more
01:02:38
Bob and co-host Kevin talk about how Bob decides what trails to write about, and the push-back he gets from readers who don't want others hiking on "their" trails. Also discussed: Fall colors update; the Pikes Peak Apex bike race; a new park has just opened; the IndyGive is coming; the Tip and Trail of the Week and more. Leave No Trace Pikes Peak Apex race info Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit:  for more information. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Sep 23, 2020
216 Photographing Colorado's fall colors
57:39
This week's topic is Colorado's fall colors season with Bob and photographer Jim VanHoy talking about where and when to find the best colors and the best ways to capture them on your camera or cell phone. Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit:  for more information. Jim VanHoy's website: Hiking Bob on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Sep 16, 2020
215 Prepping for cooler weather; fall colors; Paint Mines; Manitou Incline trails, more
01:00:50
On this week's podcast, Bob and co-host Kevin discuss the recent unseasonable weather, and use it as an opportunity to talk about prepping for cooler weather.  They also talk about the upcoming fall colors season; Bob's observations about usage at Paint Mines park; the new trails off of the Manitou Incline and whether it's proper to call them "bail-outs"; hiking at Dome Rock State Wildlife Area and Colony Lakes, and more. Also the Trail and Tip of the week! map Kevin mentions during the show. Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit:  for more information. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,   and  Listen on ,  and   
Sep 09, 2020
214 Care for Colorado, Fishers Peak, Wildfires, Paint Mines, Tip and Trail of the week and more
37:49
On this week's podcast, Bob and Kevin talk about Colorado's , Cheyenne Mountain State Parks Trail Ambassador program, and and how they all tie together. They also discuss and it's progress towards opening. They discuss wildfires and how they can effect your health while hiking and your decision on whether or not to go hiking.   They discuss the overuse and vandalism at Paint Mines Interpretive Park and what can be done about it. Tip and Trail of the week returns! Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit:  for more information. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,   and  Listen on ,  and     
Sep 02, 2020
213 RMFI's Exec Director Jennifer Peterson
01:09:33
On this week's podcast, Bob talks with Jennifer Peterson, the Executive Director of the Rocky Mountain Field Institute.  Topics covered include progress on the Devils Playground Trail on Pikes Peak, their work on the Kit Carson and Challenger Peaks, and also their on-going work in Colorado Springs and El Paso County Parks.  They also discuss the challenges of working during COVID-19, the expansion of the organizations scope of work, and much more. Rocky Mountain Field Institute website: Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit:  for more information. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Aug 26, 2020
212 Medicine Wheel Trail Advocates Exec Director Cory Sutela is the guest
01:09:03
On this week's podcast, Bob chats with Cory Sutela from Medicine Wheel Trail Advocates. They discuss recent changes in the organizations structure, their effort to get more people involved in advocacy, and much more. Medicine Wheel website:   Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit:  for more information. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Aug 19, 2020
211 Hiking and camping near San Isabel; schedule your hikes?; Wildfires
45:26
On this week's podcast, Bob and Kevin discuss hiking and camping opportunities in southern Colorado; scheduling hikes; wildfires in Colorado; bears and mishaps with bear spray, and more. National Park Service Facebook post about bears: https://www.facebook.com/nationalparkservice/posts/10157206218541389 Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit:  for more information. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Aug 12, 2020
210 Summer weather awareness, Manitou Incline Update, Green Mtn Falls, more
44:41
On this week's podcast Bob and Kevin discuss being weather aware during the monsoon season; the status of the Manitou Incline closure; Green Mountain Falls' possibly adopting a Trails Ambassador program in an effort to keep their trails open; a dog was attacked by a bear; a special offer from the Cumbres and Toltec Railroad for people wanting to ride the rails, but still stay socially distant; and more. Update: After this podcast was recorded, Manitou Springs City Council approved the Memorandum of Understanding with Colorado Springs to re-open the Incline, and the Town of Green Mountain Falls Board of Trustees voted to establish a trails ambassador program. Links: Cumbres and Toltec Railroad private car program: Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit:  for more information. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,   and  Listen on ,  and   
Aug 05, 2020
209 Colorado Springs Cultural Services Manager Matt Mayberry is the guest
01:02:51
Colorado Springs Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department's Cultural Services Manager Matt Mayberry is the guest on this episode. We discuss the origins of Colorado Springs, and General Palmers vision of what the city would become.  We discuss Palmer's building wide boulevards and planning for large, green spaces, with many parks. We also discuss Colorado Spring's philanthropic history, to include not only Palmer, but also Spencer Penrose, Winfield Scott Stratton, Charles Perkins,  and the El Pomar Foundation.  Also, the forthcoming Colorado Springs Sesquicentennial. Photos mentioned during the podcast can be seen Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum Colorado Springs "COS 150" Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit:  for more information. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Jul 29, 2020
208 Wild Westendorf is back, Manitou Incline closure, will GMF close it's trails?
47:40
On this week's podcast, Kevin "Wild" Westendorf returns to the show and catches up with Bob on his recent hikes and future plans.  They discuss the on-going closure of the Manitou Incline, and Green Mountain Falls considering closing it's trails (they decided not to...). Also a reminder that a fishing or hunting license is needed to hike in Colorado State Wildlife Areas, and more. Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit:  for more information. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,   and  Listen on ,  and                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
Jul 22, 2020
207 Physical Therapist Alicia Filley talks about hiking in the summer heat
50:03
On this week's podcast, physical therapist Alicia Filley visits to talk about hiking in the summer heat. She and Bob discuss the differences between heat stress, heat exhaustion and heat stroke; how much water should you carry and drink while hiking; whether sports drinks do you any good, and a lot more. Visit Alicia Filley's website:  Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit:  for more information. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Jul 15, 2020
206 Manitou Springs City Council person Steven Bremner discusses the Incline
50:53
On this week's podcast, the guest is Manitou Springs City Council member Steve Bremner. Besides being the newest member of city council, he is active in the outdoor recreation community in the Pikes Peak region.  During this interview, he offers the Manitou Springs viewpoint regarding the Manitou Incline, and some proposals on how to alleviate the problems brought on by traffic due to the Incline, and to get the Incline back open for use. Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit:  for more information. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Jul 08, 2020
205 Bob talks about needing SAR on a hike
38:53
On this week's podcast, it's just Bob as he talks about a situation on a recent hike that necessitated the need for a SAR team. Find out all the details on this podcast. Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit:  for more information. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Jul 01, 2020
204 Colorado Springs Parks Director Karen Palus is the guest
01:09:20
On this week's show, Colorado Springs Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Director Karen Palus stops in for an interview.  Bob and Karen discuss the effect of COVID-19 on the departments operations, over crowding and budget; the attempts to re-open the Manitou Incline; recent land acquisitions for open space and parks; the progress on the Pikes Peak Summit House; and the Colorado Springs Sesquicentennial. Also, the Tip and Trail of the Week. Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit:  for more information. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Jun 24, 2020
203 Trails and Open Space Coalitions Susan Davies is the guest
01:06:35
This week's guest is Susan Davies, the Executive Director of the Colorado Springs based Trails and Open Space Coalition (TOSC).  She discusses with Bob the effect of COVID-19 on parks funding and and on TOSC. Also, the persistent closure of the Manitou Incline, Waldo Canyon, the Ring the Peak project,  and will the TOPS tax be renewed, and a whole lot more, including the Tip and Trail of the Week. Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit:  for more information. TOSC website: Hiking Bob on ,   and  Listen on ,  and   
Jun 17, 2020
202 TV Meteorologist Matt Meister talks about weather in Colorado
01:06:46
This week's guest is Fox 21 News meteorologist Matt Meister, and he and Bob discuss the uniqueness of the weather in Colorado and the Pikes Peak region. Matt discusses what hikers should watch for, how to be ready for changes in the weather, and why the weather here is so different from the rest of the country. This entire show is also the "Tip of the Week", and Matt tells us what is his "Trail of the Week "  Matt Meister on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook: @TheWxMeister Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit:  for more information. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Listen on ,  and   
Jun 10, 2020
201 Physical Therapist Alicia Filley with advice for mature hikers
01:04:03
Physical therapist and "Healthy Hiker" Alicia Filley returns, and gives tips on how the older hiker can stay healthy and remain active. Visit Alicia Filley's website: Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit:  for more information. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Jun 03, 2020
200 200th Episode! Recovering from COVID 19 shutdowns, Tip, trail of the week
46:52
On this show, Bob and co-host Kevin celebrate 200 episodes of the podcast (200 straight weeks!). They also discuss whether a legit hiking trail can be paved, Mt. Evans Road closed until July, Rocky Mountain National Park and other national parks starting to open, the slow recovery from COVID-19 closures, the Trail and Tip of the week and more. Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit:  for more information. Links mentioned in this podcast: Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
May 27, 2020
199 Hiking on Pikes Peak, Hankins Pass, Wildlife Encounters, More
51:06
Bob and co-host Kevin discuss hiking in the Lost Creek Wilderness, wildlife encounters, Barr Trail detour at the Pikes Peak summit, Tip and Trail of the week, and more. Visit our new sponsor , and use code BACKCOUNTRY10 for 10% off. Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit:  for more information. Links discussed on this podcast:  Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
May 20, 2020
198 State Park campgrounds opening, which maps to use, tip and trail of the week
38:02
On this week's podcast, Bob and co-host Kevin discuss the phased re-opening of campgrounds in Colorado State Parks, Kevin's 14 mile hike around Rampart Reservoir, discuss which maps they use, and introduce a new feature, the Tip and Trail of the Week, and much more. Visit our new sponsor , and use code BACKCOUNTRY10 for 10% off. Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit:  for more information. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
May 13, 2020
197 Fishing license required to go hiking? And more
41:03
On this week's podcast, Bob and co-host Kevin discuss a new rule that requires hikers to have a hunting and fishing license to hike on certain state lands in Colorado; Kevin is using a Garmin GPS watch, and what he thinks of it; new hours on the Pikes Peak Highway; reconsidering how to plan road trips during the time of COVID-19. Visit our new sponsor , and use code BACKCOUNTRY10 for 10% off. Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit:  for more information. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
May 06, 2020
196 Desert Hiking, planning for summer, coping with COVID-19
44:56
On this week's episode, Bob and co-host Kevin discuss a wide variety of topics, including hiking in 100 degree weather, whether we're having a "normal" spring, hiking and . Also, hiking on , and using and the on-line tools to determine trails are open or closed during COVID-19, planning for hiking during the summer. Visit our new sponsor , and use code BACKCOUNTRY10 for 10% off. Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit:  for more information. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,   and  Listen on ,  and   
Apr 29, 2020
195 Physical Therapist and Healthy Hiker Alicia Filley returns
53:17
On this week's podcast, physical therapist Alicia Filley makes a return visit.  This week's topic covers what people can do to stay active when they may not be able to go outdoors during the COVID-19 crisis, or anytime. Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit:  for more information. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Alicia Filley on ,  and  Listen on ,  and 
Apr 22, 2020
194 Mental health counselor talks about mental health and COVID-19
43:11
On this week's episode, Bob talks with Nora Cielo, a licensed professional counselor with over 35 years experience, and the director of Behavioral Health at the Mind Body Health Center in New Providence, New Jersey. Trained in counseling psychology and applied psycho physiology, she discusses the psychological affects of isolation brought on by social distancing caused by COVID-19, especially by people who are accustomed to regular outdoor recreation. She also discusses how people can recognize the impact it is having on themselves and others and how to cope in a healthy way. Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit:  for more information. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Mind Body Health Center Listen on ,  and   
Apr 15, 2020
193 Bob and Kevin Catch-up during COVID-19
23:50
Bob and Kevin are back on the podcast (remotely connected) and compare notes and catch up on how COVID-19 has been affecting them and outdoor recreation, and why Bob hasn't been in Colorado for weeks (it's only temporary). Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit:  for more information. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Apr 08, 2020
192 Physical Therapist Alicia Filley
48:43
This week's guest is physical therapist Alicia Filley. She talks with Bob about how hikers can hike and enjoy the outdoors while minimizing the risk of injury. There are a lot of good pointers in this episode. This podcast was recorded prior to the COVID-19 crisis hit critical mass in the U.S.  Read my article in the Colorado Springs Independent on how to safely engage in outdoor recreation during this crisis  Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit:  for more information. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Alicia Filley on , and Listen on ,  and 
Apr 01, 2020
191 Colorado State Parks' Darcy Mount
45:16
This week on the podcast, Bob welcomes back Darcy Mount, from Colorado Parks and Wildlife. On her previous visit (episode #113), Darcy was the Senior Ranger at Cheyenne Mountain State Park. Since then, she had been promoted to Manager of Eleven Mile and adjacent Spinney Mountain State Parks.  The discuss centers around the new responsibilities of being a park manager, and the challenges brought on by the remoteness of these two parks, and more. This podcast was recorded prior to the COVID-19 crisis hit critical mass in the U.S.  Read my article in the Colorado Springs Independent on how to safely engage in outdoor recreation during this crisis  Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit:  for more information. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Mar 25, 2020
190 Colorado Springs Parks Departments' Scott Abbott
58:23
On this episode, Bob talks with Scott Abbott, the Colorado Springs Parks Department's Parks, Trails and Open Space Manager.  They discuss the impact of increased usage in the city's parks and open spaces, how the staff manages the parks, and more.  This podcast was recorded prior to the COVID-19 crisis hit critical mass in the U.S.  Read my article in the Colorado Springs Independent on how to safely engage in outdoor recreation during this crisis Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit:  for more information. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Mar 18, 2020
189 Daylight Saving Time, Lesser Known Places, Fitness
37:40
On this week's episode, Bob and Kevin discuss hiking in lesser known places such as and , look for an answer to the question and the pro's and con's of Daylight Saving Time (and why do people get so worked up over it). Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit:  for more information. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Mar 11, 2020
188 Medicine Wheel Trail Advocates Cory Sutela and Harry Hamill
50:52
Bob talks with Cory Sutela and Harry Hamill from local mountain biking group Medicine Wheel Trail Advocates. They discuss e-bikes on trails, their work with land managers and other outdoor recreation groups and their need for volunteers.  For more information about MWTA, you can listen to podcasts, 16, 85 and 162. Also check out their , and their   and feeds Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit:  for more information. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Mar 04, 2020
187 Fox 21's Lauren McDonald
39:57
On this week's show, Bob chats with Lauren McDonald from Fox 21's morning news show in Colorado Springs. She talks about her history in broadcasting, how she ended up in Colorado Springs, and how it met her expectations. Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit:  for more information. Hiking Bob on ,   and    Listen on , and
Feb 26, 2020
186 Mike Bristol, owner of Bristol Brewing
01:06:05
This week's guest is Mike Bristol, who along with his wife Amanda, owns the iconic Bristol Brewing in Colorado Springs.  Bob and Mike discuss the origins of the brewery, it's connection with outdoor recreation, their philanthropy, their effect on other microbrews in the region and a whole lot more.  It's a great conversation, recorded live in the brew pub. Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit:  for more information. Hiking Bob on ,   and 
Feb 19, 2020
185 E-bikes on trails? President's day hikes, new websites
41:45
Bob and co-host Kevin discuss the use of e-bikes on trails and their concerns over users "hacking" the bikes; President's Day hikes; winter is back and where to go snowshoeing; Bob's new photography website. Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit:  for more information. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,   and 
Feb 12, 2020
184 Colorado Parks and Wildlife's Brett Ackerman
57:47
On this week's podcast, Bob interviews Brett Ackerman, the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Southeast Regional Manager.  They discuss his background and history with CPW, his duties and responsibilities, his vision for the region, the challenges of managing state parks and also hunting and fishing, and a timeline for the opening of the newest state park. Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit:  for more information. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Feb 05, 2020
183 Waldo Canyon, Where's the snow?, Which backpack, more
42:54
This week, Bob and co-host Kevin discuss the latest in the Waldo Canyon rebuilding, what kind of backpacks they use while hiking, where is the snow?, a special offer for new patrons, and more. Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit:  for more information. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Jan 29, 2020
182 Bob's trip to Yellowstone, recent park controversy
50:42
This week, Bob and co-host Kevin discuss Bob's recent photography trip to Yellowstone National Park with National Geographic, Kevin's recent hikes, and they examine the recent controversy surrounding Colorado Springs Parks.  Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit:  for more information. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Jan 22, 2020
181 Pikes Peak Outdoor Recreation Alliance Exec.Director Becky Leinweber
54:54
Becky Leinweber, the Executive Director of the Pikes Peak Outdoor Recreation Alliance (PPORA) is Bob's guest on this week's episode. They discuss the mission of the PPORA, the unique partnerships it has helped develop, and the challenges facing outdoor recreation in both the Pikes Peak region and Colorado. Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit:  for more information. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Listen on ,  and   
Jan 15, 2020
180 Is a popular outdoor newsletter just click-bait?
44:47
On this week's show, Bob and co-host Kevin discuss whether a popular outdoor recreation newsletter is "click-bait" or is it just "out there"? Also, looking forward to the new year, and upcoming events.  Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit:  for more information. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Jan 08, 2020
179 El Paso County Parks Director Tim Wolken
58:08
On this New Year's Day episode, Bob talks with El Paso County (CO) Community Services Department Director Tim Wolken about the accomplishments of the county parks department in 2019 and what's ahead in 2020.  It's a lively discussion that covers a lot of ground. Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit:  for more information. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Jan 01, 2020
178 Colorado Springs Parks Director Karen Palus
01:23:58
On this week's show, Bob sits down with Karen Palus, the director of Colorado Springs Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services for a wide ranging discussion.  They discuss what the department has done since their last interview during the summer, and what's ahead for the department in 2020 and beyond.  Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit:  for more information. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Dec 25, 2019
177 Winter hiking, last minute gift ideas, First Day Hikes, more
42:53
On this week's show, Bob and co-host Kevin talk about responsible winter hiking, last minute holiday gift ideas, "First Day" hikes, a record setting Grand Canyon hike, and more. This week's podcast is sponsored by Victorinox, the creators of the Swiss Army Knife Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit:  for more information. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Dec 18, 2019
176 Friends of the Equestrian Skills Course
35:40
On this week's show, the guests are from the Friends of the Equestrian Skills Course.  A one-of-a-kind facility built entirely with donated labor and funds, it readies equestrians and their riders for riding in the mountains. This week's podcast is sponsored by Victorinox, the creators of the Swiss Army Knife Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit:  for more information. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Dec 11, 2019
175 Friends of Monument Valley Park
32:42
On this week's show, guests from the Friends of Monument Valley Park discuss their organization, and their role in preserving one of the oldest parks in Colorado Springs. Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit:  for more information. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Dec 04, 2019
174 A conversation with Wild Connections
42:09
This week, Bob chats with Jim and John from the outdoors group Wild Connections. Part of the IndyGive! they discuss what the group does, it's history, and why you should consider donating to them. Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit:  for more information. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Nov 27, 2019
173 Secret Gems, Thanksgiving, Baseball, IndyGive
43:48
Bob and co-host Kevin talk about "hidden gems", parks or trails that fly under most people's radar, or that are unmarked or unmapped. Also, #OptOutside and #FreshAirFriday, IndyGive, and is Colorado Springs going to lose professional baseball? Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit:  for more information. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Nov 20, 2019
172 Commercialization of National Parks?
41:06
On this week's episode, Bob and co-host Kevin discuss a report that recommended that the National Park Service privatize campgrounds, bring in food trucks, Amazon deliveries and wifi to National Parks. Find out what Bob and Kevin think of the plan. Also, the IndyGive! is under way. Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit:  for more information. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Nov 13, 2019
171 Manitou Incline Friends
53:15
Bob talks with Bill Beagle, president of the Incline Friends about a variety of topics surrounding the Manitou Incline, including trail development, crowd control, parking and traffic, etc.   Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit:  for more information. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Incline Friends Listen on ,  and   
Nov 06, 2019
170 Winter arrives early, best places to snowshoe
31:30
On this week's episode Bob and co-host Kevin talk about how early winter seems to have arrived in Colorado and their favorite local places to go snowshoeing. Also, the end of Daylight Saving Time, Veterans Day, new signage for TOPS open spaces and more. Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit:  for more information. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,   and Listen on ,  and 
Oct 30, 2019
169 Colorado Springs Ballot issue 2B
23:36
Bob talks with Trails and Open Space Coalition Executive Director Susan Davies about Colorado Springs ballot issue 2B, and the impact it could have on city parks. Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit:  for more information. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Oct 23, 2019
168 Record numbers of people climbing 14er's
44:38
This week, Bob and co-host Kevin discuss a report that shows that a record number of people climbed Colorado's 14,000' peaks in 2018. Also discussed are rescues made on Cheyenne Mountain, and steam engine 168 inaugural run after being rebuilt. Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit:  for more information. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,   and Listen on ,  and 
Oct 16, 2019
167 Winter approaching, Great Smoky Mountains, more
38:29
On this week's podcast, Bob and co-host Kevin discuss the approaching winter weather; Kevin's recent trip to the Great Smoky Mountains and the Appalachian Trail; the challenges with hiking in  different terrain than Colorado's; Bob's book now for sale at REI; photo exhibit at Denver International Airport. Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit:  for more information. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,  and   Listen on ,  and 
Oct 09, 2019
166 Focus on the Forest
40:03
Bob talks with Shawn Nielsen from Focus on the Forest, a volunteer group that is working hard to clean up the Pike National Forest. Hear what they do and how they do it on this episode. Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit:  for more information. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Focus on the Forest website: focusontheforest.org Listen on ,  and 
Oct 02, 2019
165 Elk in RMNP; Huron Peak; getting ready for cool weather, more
49:01
On this week's show, Bob and co-host Kevin discuss Bob's observations of how people behaved near elk in Rocky Mountain National Park; the lack of fall colors and when leaves should be changing; Kevin climbs Huron Peak; hiking preparedness during fall weather; National Public Lands Day, and a whole lot more. Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit:  for more information. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,  and   Listen on ,  and 
Sep 25, 2019
164 Fall colors, hiking during hunting season, more
39:09
On this week's show, Bob and co-host Kevin discuss hiking in Colorado's state parks and national forests, the advantages of checking multiple sources for trail information, fall colors, hunting during hiking season, and cyclists and helmets. Please consider becoming a patron of this podcast! Visit:  for more information. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,  and   Listen on ,  and 
Sep 18, 2019
163 Online reviews of national parks, Kevin visits RMNP, more
39:54
On this week's show, Bob and co-host Kevin discuss negative on-line reviews of National Parks, and explore some possible reasons why people are dissatisfied. Also, Kevin's recent first time visit to Rocky Mountain National Park, and more If you like this podcast, consider becoming a patron! Visit:  for more information. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,  and   Listen on ,  and 
Sep 11, 2019
162 Medicine Wheel Trail Advocates
47:13
Bob gets an update from Cory Sutela and Dave Adair with Medicine Wheel Trail Advocates on the groups recent activity, future plans and changes in the organization. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Medicine Wheel Trail Advocates on , , and Listen on ,  and 
Sep 04, 2019
161 Grand Tetons, CO Parks ranger assaulted, 44 hikers rescued
54:17
Bob and co-host Kevin talk about Kevin's hikes in Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks and Bob's hike in the Buffalo Peaks Wilderness. They also discuss an incident where a Colorado Park Ranger was assaulted, and an incident where a group of 44 hikers had to be rescued in the Arizona desert. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,  and   Listen on ,  and 
Aug 28, 2019
160 Rocky Mountain Vibes GM Chris Phillips
49:29
This week, Bob talks with Chris Phillips, the General Manager of the Rocky Mountain Vibes baseball team.  The team, the Rookie League affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers, replaced the AAA level Sky Sox after they moved to San Antonio. They talk about the transition from the highest to lowest level of minor league baseball, how the team got its name, and the teams goal of connecting with outdoor recreation. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Rocky Mountain Vibes on , , , and Listen on ,  and 
Aug 21, 2019
159 Hanging Lake, Crowded trails, Aggressive bear and more
49:22
On this week's show, Bob and Kevin discuss the new permit system for visitors to Hanging Lake, and what can be done to manage visitors to local parks and trails. Also, recent hikes, upcoming plans, and an update on an aggressive bear in Colorado Springs. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,  and   Listen on ,  and 
Aug 14, 2019
158 Mandy Horvath talks about overcoming substance abuse
46:18
In an inspiring visit, Mandy Horvath, the "Life Proof Bionic Woman" stops back in to talk about overcoming not only her disability, but also substance abuse and PTSD.  She also talks about her plans to race up the Manitou Incline and Pikes Peak, and her charity work involving veterans and first responders.  Hiking Bob on ,   and  Mandy Horvath on  , ,   and Cars for Heroes charity:  Mandy's previous podcast appearances: .   Listen on ,  and   
Aug 07, 2019
157 What happens when you get ill on a hike?
32:41
On this week's podcast, Bob talks about his recent hiking road trips, and Kevin talks about how he dealt with getting sick on a recent hike. Also, upcoming free entry opportunities at Colorado State Parks in August. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,  and   Listen on ,  and 
Jul 31, 2019
156 Book author Heather Anderson
32:48
Bob interviews Heather "Anish" Anderson, author of "Thirst - 2600 Miles to Home" about her hike on the Pacific Crest Trail that led to the writing of the book. Also, they discuss her other through hikes, including doing the Appalachian, Continental Divide and Pacific Crest trails in one calendar year.  Hiking Bob on ,   and  Heather Anderson on: Instagram, Facebook, Twitter: @AnishHikes Listen on ,  and       
Jul 24, 2019
155 Apollo 11 anniversary, tech from the space program, BLM relocation
43:34
On this week's podcast, Bob talks about his memories of watching the first moon landing, and other space events as a kid and then as an adult. Kevin talks about his affinity for the space program, and they both discuss the benefits to technology and outdoor recreation that came from the space program.  Also discussed: recent and future hikes, water safety due to the large snow run-off and reports that the BLM is moving to Grand Junction.  Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,  and   Listen on ,  and 
Jul 17, 2019
154 El Paso County Park Planner Ross Williams
01:03:15
Bob talks with El Paso County (CO) Park Planner Ross Williams about land becomes a park, the difference between a park and an open space and how parks are developed. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Jul 10, 2019
153 TOSC Exec Director Susan Davies
57:57
Trails and Open Spaces Coalition Executive Director Susan Davies provides updates on the Waldo Canyon planning process, the Ring the Peak Trail and much more. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Trails and Open Spaces Coalition:  Waldo Canyon Planning:  Listen on ,  and 
Jul 03, 2019
152 Water safety, wildflowers, hikes, more
47:58
Bob and co-host Kevin talk about some recent hikes, water safety concerns due to the runoff from this winter's large snowfall amounts, wildflowers are in bloom and more. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,  and   Listen on ,  and 
Jun 26, 2019
151 Colorado Springs Parks Dept Director Karen Palus
01:00:56
Bob gets a mid-year update on the Colorado Springs Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department from Director Karen Palus. They discuss the new facility under construction in the Garden of the Gods Park, the construction of the new Summit House on Pikes Peak, the master plan for Panorama Park, and much more.  Lots of great information in this episode. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Jun 19, 2019
150 Should BLM increase daily permits to The Wave from 20 to 96?
55:25
Bob talks with this week's guests Jim VanHoy and Joe Kovarik, landscape photographers who recently visited "The Wave", on the Utah/Arizona border. They discuss the procedure used to get the limited number of daily permits to enter the area, and a proposal by the Bureau of Land Management to more than quadruple the number of daily permits. They also discuss the permits for Colorado's Hanging Lake, and the increase in visitors to all public lands. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Jun 12, 2019
149 2019 National Trails Day, lost hiker in Hawaii, COTREX app
40:11
Bob and co-host Kevin discuss National Trails Day and Bob's NTD group hike to the summit of Cheyenne Mountain. Also, what went right and wrong with the hiker was missing in Hawaii; hiking in the Lost Creek Wilderness; the opening of a new trail; advice for a hiker climbing Pikes Peak; Colorado's COTREX hiking app, and more. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,  and   Listen on ,  and 
Jun 05, 2019
148 Recent hikes in CO and UT, a Bear attack
48:56
Bob and co-host Kevin discuss the places they visited and hikes they did before and during Memorial Day weekend. Also, a bear attack in Aspen, wildflowers starting to appear, the latest box from sponsor The Nomadik, and more. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,  and   Listen on ,  and 
May 29, 2019
147 Plant and survival expert Cattail Bob
01:03:32
Hiking Bob talks with plant and survival expert Cattail Bob Seebeck, in another listener suggested interview. Cattail teaches survival and educates people throughout the west about the very diverse plant life in the Colorado and the western U.S. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Cattail Bob:   Listen on ,  and 
May 22, 2019
146 How do we choose our hikes
46:46
Bob and co-host Kevin tackle a listener requested topic:  How do you choose where to go hiking?  Also, Mother's Day, and an incident on the Appalachian Trail. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,  and   Listen on ,  and 
May 15, 2019
145 Part 2 of "What's in your pack?"
57:23
In this podcast, we continue with listener suggested topics, with co-host Kevin discussing what is in his pack, and also his choice of boots. Also, Bob and Kevin discuss a recent incident that resulted in the death of a hiker in Arizona. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Pocket Pals Trail Maps:  Listen on ,  and 
May 08, 2019
144 A listener suggested topic, and a new sponsor
29:45
This week, the topic is a listener suggested topic.  Also, a new sponsor, TheNomadik.com with a great offer for listeners of this podcast! Hiking Bob on ,   and  Pocket Pals Trail Maps:  Listen on ,  and 
May 01, 2019
143 Colorado Springs TOPS Park Rangers
38:38
In this episode, Bob talks with John Stark, TOPS Park Ranger Supervisor for the Colorado Springs Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department about the addition of seven permanent Park Rangers for the city's TOPS open spaces and parks. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Pocket Pals Trail Maps:  Listen on ,  and 
Apr 24, 2019
142 Spring has sprung!
40:07
On this week's episode, Bob and co-host Kevin talk about the rapidly changing and variable spring weather in Colorado; getting ready for summer hiking; big changes for Hanging Lake hiking; bears coming out of hibernation; is La Plata Peak the best hike in Colorado? Also, are there more mountain lions than in the past? And, we're giving stuff away! Links for this podcast: Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,  and   Pocket Pals Trail Maps:  "Best Hikes"  Mountain lions:  Listen on ,  and   
Apr 17, 2019
141 Catching up after spring break, desert hiking, whats coming
39:33
On this week's episode, Bob and Kevin catch up on hikes they did while Bob was away, and discuss the difference between hiking in Colorado's mountains vs Arizona's deserts. They also discuss thier plans for the coming spring and summer, including "road trip" hikes.  Some places discussed include , , Monument Valley, Canyonlands National Park and , and also and . Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,  and   Listen on ,  and 
Apr 10, 2019
140 Colorado Wildlife Manager Corey Adler
01:01:35
Bob talks with Colorado Parks and Wildlife District Wildlife Manager (Game warden...) Corey Adler. We discuss what he does, how he got here, what he did before getting here. Do you need to worry about bears and mountain lions while out hiking or camping? Find the answers in this podcast. Hiking Bob on ,   and    Listen on ,  and 
Apr 03, 2019
139 Britt Haley from Colorado Springs Parks Dept
48:53
Bob talks with Britt Haley from the Colorado Springs Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department about the Trails and Open Spaces program she manages. What is it, what is it for, what is its history, and more.  Hiking Bob on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Mar 27, 2019
138 Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument
56:24
This week, Bob talks with Jeff Wolin, the Lead Interpretive Ranger at Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument. The closest National Park Service site to Colorado Springs, it celebrates it's 50th anniversary in 2019. They discuss the history of the site, it's unique features, education and recreation opportunities and planned events to celebrate it's anniversary. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Mar 20, 2019
137 Colorado Springs 2019 election
27:25
On this episode, Trails and Open Spaces Coalition Executive Director Susan Davies talks with Bob about Colorado Springs' 2019 city council and mayoral election. They discuss what voters who love Colorado Springs parks and trails should look for in a candidate. Links: Hiking Bob on ,   and  Listen on ,  and   
Mar 13, 2019
136 Devils Playground trail project
44:21
On this week's podcast, Joe Lavorini from the Rocky Mountain Field Institute talks about the upcoming project to re-route and re-build the Devils Playground trail on the west side of Pikes Peak. Also, their work on other 14er's in Colorado. Links: Hiking Bob on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Mar 06, 2019
135 National Parks Anniversaries
39:30
On this week's show, Bob and Kevin discuss the 100th anniversary of Grand Canyon National Park, the upcoming 50th anniversary of Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, a new national park in Indiana, and much more. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,  and   Listen on ,  and 
Feb 27, 2019
134 Mountain Lion update and more
44:02
On this week's podcast we discuss an update on the recent mountain lion attack and why you shouldn't wear noise cancelling ear buds, putting together your own loop hike, an update on the progress of proposed rule changes in El Paso County Parks, and another giveaway! Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,  and   Listen on ,  and 
Feb 20, 2019
133 Mountain Lion attack - do you need to worry?
38:08
On this week's episode: mountain lion attack, videoing hikes, recent hikes, current winter recreation conditions, skin cancer and prevention Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,  and   Listen on ,  and 
Feb 13, 2019
132 Hike It Baby
36:13
Bob talks with Sarah DiPasquale and Janet Rennie from the Colorado Springs chapter of Hike It Baby, a group that helps parents and their kids go hiking. Links for this episode:  Hike it Baby:   Hiking Bob on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Feb 06, 2019
131 Who survives?
44:24
On this week's episode, Bob and co-host Kevin discuss snowshoeing conditions in Colorado, tracking your hikes on Google Earth, and what determines who survives or doesn't survive a bad situation. Also, a FREE give-away! Links for this episode:   Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,  and   Listen on ,  and 
Jan 30, 2019
130 Who's tracking you?
50:24
Bob and co-host Kevin talk about new and revised maps from Pocket Pals Trail Maps, how a popular hiking and running tracking app help capture a murderer (and what that means to everyone else who uses it), why a couple fell 800' in Yosemite National Park, how Care and Share is helping furloughed federal workers, and some rumor control. Links for this episode:  Hiking Bob on ,   and Wild Westendorf on ,  and   Listen on ,  and 
Jan 23, 2019
129 Social media and oversharing
43:59
Bob and co-host Kevin discuss how a social media post killed an event, and how to be a good steward of our open lands. Also, how do you define a trail? Waldo Canyon open house, lunar eclipse, Bob teaching a winter photography class, and more. Links for this episode:   Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Jan 16, 2019
128 Bob visits southern California
25:39
On this episode, it's just Bob as he talks about visiting Anza-Borrego Desert State Park and Joshua Tree National Park in southern California. He also discusses the effect of the government shutdown on Joshua Tree. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Jan 11, 2019
127 A look back at 2018 and forward to 2019
48:12
Bob and co-host Kevin talk about what they accomplished during 2018 and what they plan to do in 2019 and what resolutions they made for the coming year. Also, some discussion about the affects of the government shut down on National Parks and a reminder about new fees at Colorado State Parks. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Jan 02, 2019
126 RMFI Executive Director Jennifer Peterson
54:39
Bob talks with Rocky Mountain Field Institute's executive director Jennifer Peterson about the history, accomplishments and future goals and plans of the organization.  Hiking Bob on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Dec 26, 2018
125 GOCO Exec Director Chris Castilian
54:28
Bob talks with Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) Executive Director Chris Castilian about the history of GOCO and how it contributes to outdoor recreation in Colorado. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Dec 19, 2018
124 Galapagos Islands
58:09
Bob and co-host Kevin discuss Bob's recent trip to the Galapagos Islands with National Geographic and Lindblad Expeditions. They discuss the preservation of the islands, the recreation opportunities, photography, and life on the ship. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Dec 12, 2018
123 Colorado Springs Parks Director Karen Palus
01:18:11
Bob and Colorado Springs Parks Department Director Karen Palus have a lively discussion about what the department did in 2018, and what is in store for 2019. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Dec 05, 2018
122 El Paso County Parks Director Tim Wolken
54:51
Bob talks with Tim Wolken the director of the El Paso County Community Services Division, which also includes the parks department. They discuss the accomplishments of the parks department in 2018 and look ahead to 2019 and beyond. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Nov 28, 2018
121 Trails and Open Space Coalition's Susan Davies
36:52
Recorded live at Trails End Taproom in Colorado Springs, Bob interviews Trails and Open Space Coalition executive director Susan Davies. They discuss the progress of the Ring the Peak trail, Waldo Canyon recovery, the effect of the November election on outdoor recreation and more.  Hiking Bob on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Nov 21, 2018
120 Colorado Wildlife Area Manager Frank McGee
01:00:52
Bob talks with Colorado Parks and Wildlife Area Wildlife Manager Frank McGee. They discuss the various duties of a Wildlife Manager, how McGee became a wildlife manager, and how the job is like - and different - than reality TV, and more. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Nov 14, 2018
119 The Grand Canyon Hike
01:16:23
On this week's episode, co-host Kevin Westendorf tells the story of his hike going from rim-to-rim-to-rim in the Grand Canyon. Bob and Kevin also take listener questions. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Nov 07, 2018
118 World traveling hiker and blogger Cass D'Alessandro
54:40
Bob met with Cass D'Alessandro, who travels around the world hiking, touring and blogging, while she was in Colorado Springs recently. The lively conversation covers where Cass has been, where she is going and why the Toronto native feels at home in Colorado Springs. Check out her website at Lovinglifewithcass.com, and follow her on Instagram (@CassRose), Twitter (@cassdalessandro) and also Facebook (@lovinglifewithcass) Hiking Bob on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Oct 31, 2018
117 Grand Canyon; Health Study; Equipment, more
31:57
On this week's episode, Bob and co-host Kevin talk about the final days before Kevin's Grand Canyon rim-to-rim-to-rim hike; a landmark, long term study of the effects of aerobic exercise on health; how the proper equipment and training saved a rock climber from serious injury; Dixon Trail ribbon cutting; Bob's 2019 photo calendar release soon. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Oct 24, 2018
116 Mueller State Park Ranger Parrish Watson
59:32
Bob interviews Parrish Watson, the senior Park Ranger at Colorado's Mueller State Park.  They discuss the job duties of a park ranger, what makes Mueller State Park different from other parks, the challenges of being a park ranger, and more. Very interesting in-sight into the life of a Colorado Parks and Wildlife Park Ranger. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Oct 17, 2018
115 More on the 45 mile hike, Winter hiking prep, more
40:48
Bob and co-host Kevin talk a little bit more about Kevin's 45 mile hike; other podcasts they listen to; what the "Motorless Morning" in the Garden of the Gods was like; getting ready for hiking in winter weather. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Oct 10, 2018
114 45 mile hike?
53:47
Topics this week include how a 28 mile 2-day hike backpacking trip turned into a 45 mile 2-day trip; fall colors update for the Pikes Peak region; Waldo Canyon planning update and public input survey; Colorado Springs Parks funding increases in 2019 city budget; theft prevention at parks and trailheads; "motorless" day at Garden of the Gods Park; Colorado Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan
Oct 03, 2018
113 Park Ranger Darcy Mount
59:47
In this week's podcast, Bob talks with Darcy Mount, the senior ranger at Colorado Parks and Wildlife's Cheyenne Mountain State Park. They discuss what a park ranger does, how she got her start as a ranger and more.  Hiking Bob on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Sep 26, 2018
112 How lucky are we? Waldo Canyon recovery
37:55
Bob and co-host Kevin talk about fall colors viewing; how lucky we are to live here; what visitors think of Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak region; Waldo Canyon recovery and more. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Sep 19, 2018
111Dixon Trail, Learning to backpack
46:42
Bob and co-host Kevin discuss their preview hike of the new Dixon Trail in Cheyenne Mountain State Park; discuss the difference between day hiking and backpacking and some bad advice they've heard; Bob asks listeners for a personal favor Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Sep 12, 2018
110 Extreme day hikes, moose encounters
57:58
Bob and co-host Kevin talk about a couple of "extreme" day hikes they've recently done, encounters with moose and other wildlife on trails, having updated maps, and Bob gets a old hiking guide book. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Sep 05, 2018
109 Bob and co-host Kevin discuss various topics
47:12
Bob's co-host talks about a recent experience while training for his Grand Canyon rim-to-rim-to-rim hike. Also discussed: recent incidents where hikers got lost or worse while going off trail; a recent bear encounter and why it happened; new trails about to open in the Pikes Peak region; Fall colors forecast  Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Aug 29, 2018
108 Update on the Ring the Peak Trail with Chris Lieber
01:00:00
Bob talks with Chris Lieber of NES about the efforts to close the gaps in the Ring the Peak Trail system. They discuss what the Ring the Peak trail system is, the challenges on completing the loop, the progress made so far, and what will happen next. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Aug 22, 2018
107 Bob and co-host Kevin catch up, Recent hikes; weather disasters; future plans
38:58
Bob and co-host Kevin catch up on some recent hikes they've done; Kevin's training for the Grand Canyon rim-to-rim-to-rim hike in October; Colorado's severe summer weather; Bob is heading to the Pacific; Bob and Kevin's total hiking mileage so far this year; a preview of next week's podcast Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Aug 15, 2018
106 The tables get turned when Carrie Simison interviews Bob
33:53
On this week’s podcast, the tables are turned on Bob and he gets interviewed by Carrie Simison, the publisher of the Colorado Springs Independent. Find out how Bob got into hiking, how he chooses where to go and more. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Listen on ,  and   
Aug 08, 2018
105 Mandy Horvath, the Life Proof Bionic Woman stops in for an update
29:12
Mandy Horvath, the LifeProof Bionic Woman stops back in for an update on what she has done since her last visit, including being part of a movie in Hollywood, climbing Pikes Peak, appearing on the Today Show, and what she has planned for the future. Listen in to what this inspiring woman has to say. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Listen on ,  and   
Aug 01, 2018
104 Weather, rim-to-rim-to-rim, medication, Bob gets requests for info, Bob’s birthday hike and more
49:45
Bob and co-host Kevin hit on a variety of topics including safety during the summer monsoon season; Kevin continues to prep for the Grand Canyon; things to carry other than the “10 Essentials”; Bob discusses getting requests from the public; where to find wildflowers; hiking in the Southern Colorado Mountains; what hike should Bob do for his birthday? Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Jul 25, 2018
103 Carrie Simison, publisher of the Colorado Springs Independent
53:34
Bob interviews Carrie Simison, publisher of the Colorado Springs Independent. They discuss outdoor recreation, being a Colorado transplant, cycling, living in Colorado Springs, and the role of the alternative weekly newspaper in modern society. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Jul 18, 2018
102 Guest Jolie NeSmith, Pike Ride bike share
31:23
Bob talks with Jolie NeSmith, Executive Director of Pike Ride bike share program. Check it out at PikeRide.org Hiking Bob on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Jul 11, 2018
101 Recent hikes, Grand Canyon, outdated maps, fire danger, drones
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Bob and co-host Kevin discuss some recent hikes; Kevin’s continuing preparation for his forthcoming Grand Canyon hike; what happens when maps are wrong or out-dated; Colorado’s fire danger, and the increased penalties for unattended campfires and drone use near emergency responders. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Jul 04, 2018
100 100th Podcast and guest Susan Davies from TOSC
54:41
Susan Davies, Executive Director of the Trails and Open Space Coalition joins Bob for the 100th episode of the Outdoors with Hiking Bob Podcast. They discuss a wide range of topics concerning outdoor recreation in the Pikes Peak region. Thanks to all the listeners for making the podcast a resounding success! Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,   and  Listen on ,  and   
Jun 27, 2018
099 Luis Benitez, Director, Colorado Outdoor Recreation Industry Office
43:13
Bob visits Luis Benitez, the Director of the Colorado Outdoor Recreation Industry Office, where they discuss his history in outdoor recreation, his job promoting Colorado to the outdoor recreation industry, and combining the work of government, non-profit organizations and for-profit companies. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Jun 20, 2018
098 Preferred footwear; fire danger; summer hiking; meeting listeners
41:32
Bob and co-host Kevin hit on a variety of topics this week! Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Jun 13, 2018
097 Pike National Forest District Ranger Oscar Martinez
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Bob talks with Oscar Martinez, Pike National Forest District Ranger. They discuss his career with the U.S. Forest Service, the duties of a district ranger, the challenges of managing a national forest in close proximity to a large city and much, much more. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Listen on ,  and     
Jun 06, 2018
096 Climbing a 14er; hiking in Mesa Verde NP; National Trails Day
39:14
Bob and co-host Kevin talk about Kevin’s recent climb up Colorado’s Mt Elbert; Bob’s recent trip to Mesa Verde National Park and Colorado’s Mancos State Park; Clothes that repel ticks, and more Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
May 30, 2018
095 “LifeProof Bionic Woman” Mandy Horvath overcomes serious challenges
40:07
Bob speaks with Mandy Horvath, who overcame a life changing accident to climb the Manitou Incline and now plans to summit Pikes Peak. This amazing womans story is a “must listen” for everyone. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
May 23, 2018
094 Hikes; wolves; wildflowers; bear attack; urban wildlife; Hanging Lake
40:18
Bob and co-host Kevin talk about a potpourri of topics this week, including recent hikes; re-introduction of wolves into Colorado; wildflower sightings; a recent bear attack; interacting with urban wildlife; and a change in plans for Hanging Lake this year. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,   and  Listen on ,  and   
May 16, 2018
093 Rattlesnakes and your dog; 10 hard hikes; Duluth Trading comes to COS
34:07
Bob and co-host Kevin talk about a recent surge in rattlesnake bites; a rattlesnake venom vaccine for dogs; recent hikes; Bob’s list of 10 hard hikes; hiking apps that Kevin uses; Duluth Trading opens a store in Colorado Springs Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,   and  Listen on ,  and   
May 09, 2018
092 Penn State outdoor rec; is technology bad?; most difficult hikes?
42:44
Bob and co-host Kevin discuss Penn State University’s decision to cease outdoor activities of it’s outdoor recreation groups. Also, is using technology bad for you, or is it part of a bigger picture, and more Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
May 02, 2018
091 Mitch Martin, Manager of Cheyenne Mountain State Park
41:19
Bob talks with Colorado’s Cheyenne Mountain State Park manager Mitch Martin. They discuss the hiking, camping, cycling, archery and equestrian opportunities at the park, along with it’s history, and future plans. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Apr 25, 2018
090 Friends of Garden of the Gods President Hank Scarangella
01:17:38
Bob talks with Friends of the Garden of the Gods President Hank Scarangella. The history of the group, parking and traffic, the popularity of the park, future plans for the park, and challenges facing the park are among the subjects discussed Hiking Bob on ,   and  Listen on ,  and   
Apr 18, 2018
089 Park Service reconsiders fee increases; Barr Trail & Incline; recent hikes
43:10
Bob and co-host Kevin catch up on recent hikes; National Park Service reconsidering proposed entry fee increases; Barr Trail and Manitou Incline and more Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Apr 11, 2018
088 Trails End Taproom owner Kevin Weese
35:34
Bob talks with Kevin Weese, owner of Trails End Tap Room in Colorado Springs, Colorado. They discuss what makes Trails End different from other tap rooms, and more importantly, how they give back to the many outdoor recreation non-profits in the Pikes Peak region Hiking Bob on ,   and  Listen on ,  and   
Apr 04, 2018
087 Palmer Land Trust’s Darcie Hannigan
35:24
Bob talks with Darcie Hannigan from the Palmer Land Trust and discuss what the Trust does to ensure that land remains open for public recreation use and also for farming and ranching. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Listen on ,  and   
Mar 28, 2018
086 Cog railway closure; more on Pikes Peak Hwy; fire danger and restrictions
31:22
Bob and co-host Kevin explore the effects of the Cog Railway closure; re-visit expanded hours on the Pikes Peak Highway; dry winter and fire restrictions Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Mar 21, 2018
085 Medicine Wheel Trail Advocates
38:55
Bob chats with Medicine Wheel Trail Advocates President Cory Sutela about what’s in store for them in 2018, including many trail projects and cycling advocacy. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Mar 14, 2018
084 Secret Trails; Longer hours on Pikes Peak?; N. Cheyenne Cañon Master Plan
39:20
This week’s topics include new, hidden trails; a hike in a remote area; a proposition to extend the hours on the Pikes Peak Highway, North Cheyenne Cañon Park master plan and more. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,   and  Listen on ,  and   
Mar 07, 2018
083 Recent Hikes; hikers in trouble; lost hiker survival; N. Cheyenne Canon Park
41:11
Bob and Kevin talk about recent hikes; inexperienced hikers on the Manitou Incline; rescue of a lost hiker in Yosemite National Park; North Cheyenne Canon Park Master Plan and more Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Feb 28, 2018
082 Parks Funding; Colorado Lottery; Trail Apps; Barr Trail; Bad behavior
43:35
Bob and co-host Kevin discuss the progress of funding bill for Colorado Parks and Wildlife; making the Colorado Lottery permanent; Great Outdoors Colorado; Conservation Trust Fund; parking at Barr Trail; phone apps for hiking Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Feb 21, 2018
081 Colorado Parks and Wildlife funding; did Colorado lose a 14er?
35:49
Bob and co-host Kevin discuss a legislative measure intended to increase funding for Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Also, did Colorado “lose” a 14er and gain a 13er? And more… Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Feb 14, 2018
080 Bob and co-host Kevin talk recent hikes, future plans and more
48:16
On this week’s podcast, Bob and Kevin hit on a variety of topics: recent hikes, future planned hikes, meeting fans, review recent podcasts, North Cheyenne Canon Park master plan process and more. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Feb 07, 2018
079 Interview with Mikah Meyer about his travels and mission
40:38
Bob interviews Mikah Meyer, who is not only visiting all 417 sites owned by the National Park Service, but also doing it in one long road trip, and will also be the youngest person to do it. But, that’s not all. Listen and learn the whole story. Find out more at his Hiking Bob on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Jan 31, 2018
078 Interview with Bill Normile, President, Friends of Monument Preserve
43:03
Bob talks with Friends of Monument Preserve president Bill Normile about the volunteer groups rich history, mission and accomplishments.  You can find out more about them at Hiking Bob on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Jan 24, 2018
077 Coal’s 2017 hiking mileage; recent hikes; Park master plans; “at risk” trails; more
39:41
Bob and Kevin discuss Coal’s (Bob’s dog) hiking miles for 2017; recent hikes; trails at risk of being lost; North Cheyenne Canon Park Master Plan process and more Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,   and  Listen on ,  and   
Jan 17, 2018
076 2017 accomplishments and goals for 2018; no snow?; being prepared
47:12
Bob and Kevin are back for the new year, and discuss their accomplishments from 2017 and their goals for 2018. Also, where’s the snow?, being prepared for winter weather, and more. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,   and  Listen on ,  and   
Jan 10, 2018
075 El Paso County Parks director Tim Wolken recaps 2017
47:50
Bob talks with El Paso County (Colorado) Community Services Director Tim Wolken and they discuss what 2017 was like for county parks and what’s ahead for 2018 Hiking Bob on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Jan 03, 2018
074 Karen Palus from Colorado Springs Parks Department 2017 retrospective
01:08:46
Bob talks with Colorado Springs Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services director Karen Palus about what the department accomplished in 2017 and what is in store for 2018. Note: The parks department did get the grant mentioned during this interview. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Listen on ,  and   
Dec 27, 2017
073 “Blue Frame”, recent hikes, Aiken Canyon, last minute gifts
47:15
On this week’s show, Bob and co-host Kevin talk (briefly) about the “Blue Frame” in the Garden of the Gods controversy, then move on to some recent hikes they’ve done, a new schedule at Aiken Canyon Preserve, and last minute gift ideas. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Dec 20, 2017
072 Bob talks with Susan Davies from the Trails and Open Space Coalition
51:35
Bob sits down with Susan Davies, Executive Director of the Trails and Open Space Coalition to recap 2017 and what it meant for outdoor recreation and advocacy in the Pikes Peak region. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Dec 13, 2017
071 Bob talks about hiking and visiting in Kauai, Hawaii
34:12
Bob discusses his visit to Kauai: what it was like to hike and take photos there; local food; Spam; Chickens; and more. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Dec 06, 2017
070 Increased fees at Nat’l Parks, Indy Give, US Forest Service seasonal jobs and more
37:11
Bob and co-host Kevin discuss recent hikes; more information regarding proposed entry fee increases to some National Parks; temporary jobs with the US Forest Service () ; gift ideas; donating to the IndyGive campaign, and more. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Nov 29, 2017
069 Thanksgiving Day, Incline re-opening, gift ideas, Indy Give, and more
39:57
Bob and co-host Kevin talk about what they’re thankful for on Thanksgiving; the re-opening of the Manitou Incline after it’s latest repair work; the IndyGive campaign; the work done by the Palmer Land Trust; gift giving suggestions.  Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Nov 23, 2017
068 “A Walk for Sunshine” author Jeff Alt
36:51
Bob talks with hiker/author Jeff Alt about his book “A Walk for Sunshine”, which details his hike on the Appalachian Trail for charity. This episode sponsored by Pocket Pals Trail Maps (pptrailmaps.com) Hiking Bob on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Nov 15, 2017
067 Bob and co-host Kevin discuss a wide range of topics on this episode
34:53
Bob and Kevin hit all kinds of topics on this episode: Hiking in Canyonlands National Park; Green Mountain Falls; IndyGive; New Keen boots; and ask listeners to send in gift ideas.  Trails discussed in this episode: , , ,  Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,   and  Listen on ,  and   
Nov 08, 2017
066 Recent hikes, proposed fee increases to Nat’l Parks, IndyGive
36:15
Bob and co-host Kevin talk about their recent hikes and trips, including Arches and Zion National Parks and Monument Valley. Also proposed fee increases for many National Parks, and the annual Indy Give () fund raiser. This episode sponsored by Pocket Pals Trail Maps () Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Nov 01, 2017
065 Photographers David Kingham and Jennifer Renwick
32:00
On this week’s show, Bob talks with photographers David Kingham and Jennifer Renwick, who travel around the western United States in a camper all year, taking photographs and conducting photography workshops.  Hiking Bob on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Oct 25, 2017
064 El Paso County Commissioner Mark Waller discusses ballot issue 1A
34:22
Bob and El Paso County Commissioner Mark Waller discuss TABOR ballot issue 1A, and what it means to the county parks and outdoor recreation in general. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Listen on ,  and   
Oct 18, 2017
063 Bob and Kevin talk about the opening of Waldo Canyon to recreation
37:18
A week after Waldo Canyon re-opened after the devastating fire 5 years ago, Bob and co-host Kevin have already hiked into the area, and talk about what they’ve seen.  Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,   and  Listen on ,  and   
Oct 11, 2017
062 Hiking in Great Sand Dunes and Bear Creek; Hanging Lake; Waldo Canyon opening?
36:41
Bob and co-host Kevin talk about recent hikes in Great Sand Dunes National Park and also the new and re-routed trails in the Bear Creek Watershed. Also, changes coming to Hanging Lake and  rumors about Waldo Canyon re-opening. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,   and  Listen on ,  and   
Oct 04, 2017
061Pikes Peak Outdoor Recreation Alliance
51:22
Bob talks with David Leinweber, owner of Anglers Covey in Colorado Springs, and president of the non-profit Pikes Peak Outdoor Recreation Alliance (). Topics include: History and mission of the alliance; the state of funding of national and local lands and parks; commercial and non-profit partnerships; stewardship and more. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Listen on ,  and   
Sep 27, 2017
060 State parks funding; safety on 14er’s; is tech reliable for hiking?
40:10
Bob and co-host Kevin discuss Colorado State Parks funding; bike event at Cheyenne Mt. State Park; efforts to reduce deaths on Colorado’s 14,000′ peaks; and dissect a Washington Post article about using technology while hiking. Items discussed in this podcast: – –  – Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,   and  Listen on ,  and     
Sep 20, 2017
059 Backpacking to Ice Lake, hiking in Black Canyon, and more
41:09
Bob and co-host Kevin talk about backpacking to Colorado’s Ice Lake, hiking to the bottom of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, a ballot initiative to provide extra money to El Paso County Parks, trail maps ) , Ring the Peak trail system, allowing dogs in Cheyenne Mountain State Park (), and a personal appeal from Bob Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,   and  Listen on ,  and   
Sep 13, 2017
058 Black Forest Trails Association
30:27
Bob talks with Larry Fariss, president of the Black Forest Trails Association, about their history and mission. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Sep 06, 2017
057 Bob and Kevin talk about Kevin’s trip, Capital Peak accidents and more
39:28
Bob and Kevin discuss Kevin’s trip to Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks, Red Rocks Canyon Recreation Area near Las Vegas and hiking in Sedona, Arizona. Also the eclipse, tragedies on Capital Peak and Bob’s online photography store. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,   and  Listen on ,  and   
Aug 30, 2017
056 Bob talks about his experiences seeing the 2017 eclipse
36:24
It’s just Bob this week, and he talks about his chasing and eventually photographing the 2017 solar eclipse Hiking Bob on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Aug 23, 2017
055 Kevin’s trip to Utah and Nevada, upcoming eclipse, recent hikes
43:17
Bob and co-host Kevin talk about Kevin’s current trip to Utah and Nevada, the upcoming solar eclipse, Bob’s experiences hiking in New Jersey, and more. Link to topic discussed:  Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,   and  Listen on ,  and       
Aug 16, 2017
054 Bob talks with “Base Camp Las Vegas” author Deborah Wall
21:58
Bob talks with Deborah Wall, the author of “Base Camp Las Vegas”, a comprehensive guide to hiking in Nevada, Utah and northern Arizona Hiking Bob on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Aug 09, 2017
053 Celebrate one year of podcasts, offline outdoors apps, Ring the Peak Trail
35:24
It’s the one year anniversary of the Outdoors with Hiking Bob Podcast! Bob and co-host Kevin talk about their favorite episodes over the past year. Also, cell phone apps that work off-line, a new project on the Ring the Peak Trail and more. Website mentioned in this podcast:  Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,   and  Listen on ,  and   
Aug 02, 2017
052 Hiking Barr Trail, the Manitou Incline, what it takes to buy a new backpack & more
48:18
Bob and Kevin talk about hiking to Barr Trail, doing the Manitou Incline, Hammock Camping, what it takes to buy the proper backpack, and more. Links for some topics discussed on this podcast: Hammocking:  Heizer Trail info:  Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,   and  Listen on ,  and   
Jul 26, 2017
051 Mountain Equipment Recyclers, Kids on Bikes, Pedal Station
36:30
Bob talks with Mike Mazzola, Daniel Byrd and Jake Eyermann from Mountain Equipment Recyclers, Kids on Bikes and the Pedal Station about the work they do benefiting non-profits, and getting bikes to kids. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Jul 19, 2017
050 Alpine Lakes, a new city park, La Plata Peak, hammock camping and more
39:26
Bob and co-host Kevin talk about Kevin’s latest 14er, Bob’s hikes to alpine lakes, the newest city park in Colorado Springs, hammock camping, converting a pop-up camper over to solar power and more Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Jul 12, 2017
049 Hiking on Cottonwood Pass, hiking Stove Mtn, Wildflowers, the Manitou Incline and more
27:01
It’s just Bob this week! Topics include several hikes along Cottonwood Pass near Buena Vista, also hiking to Stove Mountain, being prepared to do the Manitou Incline, where to find wildflowers this week, and the upcoming 1 year anniversary of the podcast Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Jul 05, 2017
048 Jerry Rhodes, Part 2. Being on Mt Everest during an earthquake
59:50
In part 2 of our interview, Jerry talks about planning his hike to the base camp of Mt Everest, and being on the trail during a devastating earthquake Hiking Bob on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Jun 28, 2017
047 Bob talks with adventurer Jerry Rhodes, Part 1
51:52
Bob talks with local hiker and adventurer Jerry Rhodes about world adventures, how to prepare, hiring a guide company and more. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Jun 21, 2017
046 Crags re-opening; are you lost or just don’t know where you are, and more
24:12
Bob and Kevin talk about some recent adventures on the trail, knowing your limits, the re-opening of the Crags trail, and the difference between being lost or just not knowing where you are. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Jun 14, 2017
045 Backpacking trip, Yosemite National Park, new maps, and a giveaway
48:46
Bob and Kevin talk about Kevin’s backpacking trip into the Elk Creek Wilderness, Bob’s trip to Yosemite National Park, an updated map from Pocket Pals, and a GIVE AWAY for some lucky listeners. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Jun 07, 2017
044 Bob talks again with Allen Beauchamp about the progress on the Legacy Loop
38:05
Bob sits again with cycling expert Allen Beauchamp and they discuss the progress on the Legacy Loop project. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
May 31, 2017
043 Memorial Day, National Trails Day, Starlight Spectacular and more events
43:46
Bob and Kevin talk about the Memorial Day weekend, the upcoming National Trails Day, the recent first annual Colorado Public Lands Day, the upcoming Starlight Spectacular bike event, hiking the Ute Pass Trail and more. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,   and  Listen on ,  and   
May 24, 2017
042 It’s just Bob this week with a short podcast from Moab, Utah
13:13
It’s just Bob this week with a short podcast from Moab, Utah. Topics discussed are visiting the National Parks Utah, roadwork being done in Arches National Park, interactions with cyclists, Colorado Public Lands Day, the Starlight Spectacular Hiking Bob on ,   and  Listen on ,  and   
May 17, 2017
Bob and Kevin talk about hiking guide books, unique hikes and more
36:05
Bob and Kevin talk about hiking guide books, and unique places to hike. Also, wildflower photography seminar at Cheyenne Mountain State Park. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
May 10, 2017
040 TOPS tax 20th Anniversary Events and more
43:43
Bob talks with Sarah Bryarly and Tilah Larson from the Colorado Springs Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department about the 20th Anniversary of the TOPS (Trails, Open Spaces and Parks) tax. Discussed are the history of the tax, how the money is used, and events to commemorate its anniversary. Also discussed are improvements in Red Rocks Canyon Open Space Hiking Bob on ,   and  Listen on ,  and   
May 03, 2017
039 Bob and Kevin talk about spring break hiking and more
41:46
Bob and Kevin discuss trails they hiked while on their vacations in Arizona and Arkansas, and also more about plans for summer hikes and backpacking trips, including the Lost Creek Wilderness, Bison Peak and Moab, Utah. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Apr 26, 2017
038 National Park Week, Earth Day, Red Rocks Canyon, Hanging Lake
17:23
It’s just Bob this week! Things discussed include changes coming to Hanging Lake, trail work being done in Red Rocks Canyon Open Space, National Park Week, Earth Day. Get more information by signing up for Bob’s FREE newsletter at Hiking Bob on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Apr 19, 2017
037 Friends of Cheyenne Cañon president Chris Beyer
41:12
Bob talks with Chris Beyer, president of the Friends of Cheyenne Canon. They talk about the 25th anniversary of the group, it’s history, it’s past, current and future work and more. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Apr 12, 2017
036 A new interview with Jennifer Peterson from RMFI
48:07
Bob sits down for another interview with Jennifer Peterson, the Executive Director of the Rocky Mountain Field Institute. They talk about what RMFI has done since the last interview and what’s ahead for 2017. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Listen on ,  and   
Apr 05, 2017
035 Bob sits down for another interview with Susan Davies from TOSC
46:20
Bob chats with Susan Davies from the Trails and Open Space Coalition. She provides updates on TOSC’s activities since the previous interview and TOSC’s plans for 2017 Hiking Bob on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Mar 29, 2017
034 The State of the Outdoors event, hiking on Barr Trail
39:50
Bob and Kevin talk about the recent “State of the Outdoors Event” and a recent hike Kevin did on Pikes Peak. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Mar 22, 2017
033 Bob and Kevin talk about some recent hikes
28:41
Bob and Kevin talk about a couple of recent hikes they did outside of the immediate Colorado Springs area. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Mar 15, 2017
032 The history behind some of Colorado Springs’ Parks
43:17
Bob and Kevin talk about the history of some of Colorado Springs’ biggest and also oldest parks, including the Garden of the Gods, Palmer Park, Red Rocks Canyon, North Cheyenne Cañon, Ute Valley Park. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Mar 08, 2017
031 Bob talks with the Catamount Institute
31:20
Bob talks with Christopher Aaby, the Executive Director of the Catamount Institute about their education outreach to thousands of Colorado school kids (and lots of adults, too). Hiking Bob on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Mar 01, 2017
030 Presidents Day, the Antiquities Act and National Monuments in Colorado
35:17
Bob and co-host Kevin talk about Presidents Day, the Antiquities Act, and National Monuments in Colorado Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Feb 22, 2017
029 Friends of Cheyenne Mountain State Park
31:11
Bob talks with Pat Cooper, president of Friends of Cheyenne Mountain State Park, about their mission, plans and about the features of the park Hiking Bob on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Feb 15, 2017
028 Getting ready for camping season and more
37:52
Bob and co-host Kevin update their bucket lists, talk about snowshoeing, read listener e-mails, and talk about getting ready for the summer camping season, and more. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,   and  Listen on ,  and   
Feb 08, 2017
027 Secret trails and bucket list hikes
39:34
Bob and co-host Kevin talk about secret trails and their bucket list hikes Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,   and  Listen on ,  and   
Feb 01, 2017
026 Bob talks with the Guardians of Palmer Park
40:45
Bob talks with John Hawk, president of the Guardians of Palmer Park about the park and their organization Hiking Bob on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Jan 25, 2017
025 Bob and Kevin discuss economic benefits of parks, additional parks funding
44:33
Bob and co-host Kevin discuss a recent study regarding the economic benefit of city parks, attempts to raise more money for parks, stormwater issues, and Kevin’s big plans for 2018 Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Jan 18, 2017
024 Bob and Kevin talk about where to go and what to do when it snows
36:41
Bob and Kevin discuss snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, sledding, winter cycling,  and where to go in the Pikes Peak region to have fun when the snow flies. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Jan 11, 2017
023 Bob and Kevin review 2016 and talk about plans for 2017
34:02
Bob and co-host Kevin talk about their outdoor recreation highlights from 2016, plans and resolutions for 2017, and challenge listeners to make their own resolutions for the coming year. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Jan 04, 2017
022 Colorado Springs Parks Director Karen Palus
57:31
Bob talks with Colorado Springs Parks Director Karen Palus about the departments accomplishments in 2016 and plans for 2017. Lots of great information. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Dec 28, 2016
021 El Paso County Parks Director Tim Wolken
31:11
Bob talks with El Paso County Parks director Tim Wolken about their accomplishments in 2016 and plans for 2017 Hiking Bob on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Dec 21, 2016
020 Friends of Ute Valley Park
31:29
Bob talks with Dan Woods, president of the Friends of Ute Valley Park, about the organization, Ute Valley Park and current and future projects in the park. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Dec 14, 2016
019 Bob and Kevin talk about the Incline and winter hiking
32:21
Bob and Kevin discuss the recent re-opening of the Manitou incline, parking for Barr Trail users, and being ready for winter hiking Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Dec 07, 2016
018 Holiday gift giving suggestions
40:43
Bob and co-host Kevin talk about ideal gifts in all price ranges for the outdoor enthusiasts on your holiday gift giving list. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Nov 30, 2016
017 Bob and Kevin give thanks on Thanksgiving
37:29
Bob and Kevin talk about the groups, people and businesses they are thankful for in providing outdoor recreation opportunities.  Also, Bob’s Black Friday “Opt Outside” hike, and an update to an earlier blog about the “Missing Link” trail. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Nov 23, 2016
016 Medicine Wheel Trail Advocates president Cory Sutela
36:50
Bob chats with Medicine Wheel Trail Advocates president Cory Sutela about their mission, history and projects, including an exciting new trail. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Nov 16, 2016
015 Hiking the Grand Canyon and more
40:39
Bob and co-host Kevin talk about hiking into the Grand Canyon, a new trail map for Palmer Park and Kevin’s latest experience hiking the popular Crags Trail Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Nov 09, 2016
014 Bob and Kevin talk about millennials and the outdoors
39:09
Bob and co-host Kevin talk about a recent survey about millennials and the outdoors, getting them involved in non-profit groups and expanding their influence in local policy Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Nov 02, 2016
013 Bob talks with the Incline Friends
48:11
Bob talks with Incline Friends President Dave Adair and Board Member Bill Beagle about all things related to the Manitou Incline Hiking Bob on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Oct 26, 2016
012 Bob & Kevin talk about cell phone apps, winter hiking & more
37:36
Bob and co-host Kevin talk about hiking related cell-phone apps, getting ready for winter hiking, wildfires, and rescued bunnies. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Oct 19, 2016
011 Bob and Kevin talk about cell phones, trail ethics and more
32:38
Bob and co-host Kevin talk about the use of cell phones in National Parks and on trails, trail misuse and vandalism, trail and hiking ethics, and more Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Oct 12, 2016
010 One Woman’s Experience on the Colorado Trail
47:07
Bob talks with Gisele Miyamoto, who did the entire Colorado Trail solo in 2016. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Oct 05, 2016
009 Bob welcomes co-host Kevin Westendorf to the podcast
28:31
Bob welcomes co-host Kevin Westendorf to the show and they talk about climbing up Pikes Peak, down into the Grand Canyon and more! Hiking Bob on ,   and  Wild Westendorf on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Sep 28, 2016
008 Friends of the Peak VP Steven Bremner
27:07
Bob talks with Friends of the Peak vice president Steven Bremner about their work with the Ring the Peak trail, the history of the group and more. The video mentioned in the podcast can be found at: Hiking Bob on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Sep 21, 2016
007 Drones, Loose Dogs and Fall Colors
18:06
Bob talks about the use of drones in parks, loose dogs, the changing of seasons and more. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Sep 14, 2016
006 RMFI Exec Director Jennifer Peterson
49:28
Hiking Bob talks with Jennifer Peterson from Rocky Mountain Field Institute about their history, mission and work. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Sep 07, 2016
005 Urban Cycling Advocate Allen Beauchamp
48:03
Hiking Bob talks with Allen Beauchamp about urban cycling in Colorado Springs and the Legacy Loop project that originated with Colorado Springs founder General Palmer Hiking Bob on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Aug 31, 2016
004 Water and Boating Safety
47:28
Hiking Bob talks with boating and water safety instructor Mike Badger Hiking Bob on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Aug 24, 2016
003 Lynette Reagan with Colorado Springs Walking Club
29:02
Lynette Reagan with Colorado Springs Walking Club talks with Bob about hiking, walking, Volksmarching and getting senior citizens onto the trails Hiking Bob on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Aug 10, 2016
002 Sarah Simon with All Breeds Rescue
38:24
Hiking Bob Falcone talks to Sarah Simon from All Breeds Rescue about their work, about which dogs are good for hiking, obedience training, and leash laws. Hiking Bob on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Aug 08, 2016
001 Susan Davies from the Trails and Open Space Coalition
31:51
“Hiking Bob” Falcone talks trails, open spaces, parks and more with Trails and Open Space Coalition executive director Susan Davies Hiking Bob on ,   and  Listen on ,  and 
Aug 03, 2016