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The Stairway to Heaven

The Manitou Incline

Manitou Springs, Colorado

Constructed in the early 20th century, the Manitou Incline was originally meant for cable cars to haul materials up Pike’s Peak to build pipelines. After some time, the incline’s usage became more of a tourist attraction, and folks were able to go up the mountain in the cable cars. In 1990, a rock slide damaged significant sections of the railway. The rail company decided not to fix the railway and instead dismantled a lot of the rail line. Hikers and fitness enthusiasts began realizing that the remnants of the track actually made for quite the hike, and so they began mounting up the steep vertical pathway. It was actually illegal until 2013 because parts of the incline went through private property. As of February 2013, however, it is now perfectly legal! And it has become quite the challenge for folks looking to get a great workout in. 

My brother told me about the Incline. My friends suggested I try it. And I love to hike, so I thought, why not? I was told it was pretty steep and quite the workout, but I wasn’t too phased. I am a bit afraid of heights, so that was my only concern… but that turned out to not be too scary at all. I’m in decent shape… not the best, but definitely not terribly bad. The worst part about going up the Incline was the thin air and lack of oxygen. I’m a Georgia boy from the coast… at sea level. Plenty of oxygen. But I was definitely feeling the effects of the altitude. I just couldn’t get enough oxygen as I was climbing, so I was getting pretty light-headed. Frequent stops were a must for me. While my body doesn’t really ache that much, it was mostly the fact that it was hard to breathe that made it a challenge for me. It took nearly 1.5 hours to hike up this 1-mile trail. And it’s not called the “Incline” for nothing. This baby goes up over 2,000 feet in that 1-mile, with grades at steep as 68%. That’s pretty insane. I’m so glad I tackled this hike. It’s definitely the most vertically challenging hike I’ve ever accomplished. 

Other than the amazing views from all aspects of the Incline, you meet friendly people along the way who encourage you and cheer you on. They’re fellow hikers who are trying to accomplish the same task you are, and it’s a great feeling of camaraderie that is exhibited here. It’s wonderful. I got to hear stories and talk to a lot of people both on the way up and on the 4-mile trail back down. Cool stuff. 

So anyway, I would definitely recommend the Incline at Manitou Springs for all you avid hikers out there. If you’re not in shape, you may want to think twice. If you think you’re in shape, you might have to reevaluate after you take on this beast! 

NOTE: The Manitou Incline is closed for repairs through November 2014, so it will not be open to the public until likely Spring 2015. 

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showclassmag:

Your CHANCE to HELP out….

Our buddy Wesley was in a bad wreck. He has lots of broken bones and serious injuries but thankfully he is improving everyday…. I tell you all this for 2 reasons… First, to say, WATCH THE FUCK OUT WHEN YOU’RE DRIVING… Second, to say, THERE’S A WAY YOU CAN HELP…. and get some FREE STUFF from Show Class…

Wesley’s family started up a Gofundme page for Wesley and Candy - www.gofundme.com/d79qzs


Here’s the deal…. we are gonna give away 2 PRIZE PACKS… here’s how to get involved:

1 - Go DONATE whatever you can spare… fuck Starbucks for the day…

2 - Repost this and put #fuckcars (don’t be a shit bag and just put the # on someone else’s post - we are trying to spread the word not run a contest)

3 - Sit back and wait until the end of August

4 - We will PICK 2 WINNERS on Sept. 1. One winner will be picked randomly from those who repost this with the right #… the Second WINNER will be picked from the list of all who donate $20 or more.

What can you win, besides that feeling that you did something worth a shit today by helping a good guy in a SHITTY situation out….. the # winner will get a FREE 1-Year Sub. The WINNER picked from all those who donated $20 or more will get a BALLER package including a 2-Year Sub, a gaggle of shirts, stickers, pins, patches and hats AND one of the LIMITED EDITION Mercy Supply Tool Bags…..

Get to donating… it’s for a GOOD cause…

Hang in there Wesley!

#FUCKCARS
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showclassmag:

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showclassmag:

So, our homeboy Wesley was in a bad wreck. He was blind-sided at 40. We are fortunate to have him with us still.

Wesley and Candy are proud hard-working people who would never ask for help… but, that’s what friends are for…. so, from NOW until the END of AUGUST Show Class Mag will DONATE 10% of all sales to Wesley and Candy to help them with mounting medical bills.

Thanks to all of you out there who support the mag!

Get well soon Wesley but until then we’ve got you covered….

FUCK CARS!

showclassstore.bigcartel.com


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chopperdaves:

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