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There Is Evil In Our Geologic Walking Realm

davebugg

DustOff: "When I have your wounded."
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Camino Frances...
Sept. 2017: SJPdP to Burgos
Sept./Oct. 2018: SJPdP to Santiago de Compostela
#1
On the Camino Frances between St Jean Pied de Port and Santiago de Compostela there are two major standouts of endurance that try many a pilgrim's resolve :) The climb out of SJPdP to the Col de Lepoeder on the way to Roncesvalles and the walk up to O Cebreiro. These two calorie burners and breath takers are, however, not evil.

This is evil incarnate: The Manitou (Man ah Too) Incline, near to Colorado Springs, Colorado.

The Manitou Incline gains a bit more than 2000 feet (607 meters) of elevation in about one mile (1.6 Km). Imagine a stack of uneven stairs where each step is of a varying rise that has to go up for two thousand feet in the length of a mile, and you begin to get the picture. My best time is 1 hr 11 minutes :eek:. My son's best time is 36 minutes, while a US Army Ranger stationed at Ft Carson.

 

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#2
On the Camino Frances between St Jean Pied de Port and Santiago de Compostela there are two major standouts of endurance that try many a pilgrim's resolve :) The climb out of SJPdP to the Col de Lepoeder on the way to Roncesvalles and the walk up to O Cebreiro. These two calorie burners and breath takers are, however, not evil.

This is evil incarnate: The Manitou (Man ah Too) Incline, near to Colorado Springs, Colorado.

The Manitou Incline gains a bit more than 2000 feet (607 meters) of elevation in about one mile (1.6 Km). Imagine a stack of uneven stairs where each step is of a varying rise that has to go up for two thousand feet in the length of a mile, and you begin to get the picture. My best time is 1 hr 11 minutes :eek:. My son's best time is 36 minutes, while a US Army Ranger stationed at Ft Carson.

Wow! I would love to complete the Manitou Incline. Good job!
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Part 1 (2017)/ Part 2 (2018), VF Part 1 (2018)
#3
That’s a great achievement. Hope he can put it to good use like mountain rescue
 

t2andreo

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Frances: 2013, 2014
Madrid: 2016
Portuguese: 2015, 2017
Invierno: 2018
Voluntario: 2014 to 2017
#4
BUT, there are STAIRS! On the Camino, that would be "cheating" (small 'c')...o_O
 

davebugg

DustOff: "When I have your wounded."
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Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances...
Sept. 2017: SJPdP to Burgos
Sept./Oct. 2018: SJPdP to Santiago de Compostela
#5
BUT, there are STAIRS! On the Camino, that would be "cheating" (small 'c')...o_O
:D:D LOL!!! For the Manitou Incline it is either those stairs, or going to your hands and knees to scoot your way up that devilish grade.
 

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davebugg

DustOff: "When I have your wounded."
Donating Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances...
Sept. 2017: SJPdP to Burgos
Sept./Oct. 2018: SJPdP to Santiago de Compostela
#6
Wow! I would love to complete the Manitou Incline. Good job!
I always swear, as I stagger to the top, that this will be the very last time I do this insane thing. But then I get back to Denver to visit Caleb, and it pulls me back in. I hate that thing :)
 

Waka

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Some but not all, and other routes too.
#8
Unfortunately too far for me to travel, but what a challenge, respect for all those that have achieved it.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Feb-Mar '14. CF: SJPdP to just beyond Belorado
Sep-Oct '16, CF: SJPdP to SdC
Sept-Oct '18, CF
#9
Since I've lived in the Springs area (2012), I've completed the Incline seven times (usually between 1:15-1:45) and several times been with friends as they've traveled to the area and made valiant attempts to complete it before taking the bail-out at the two-thirds point. Each and every time, at about 5 minutes into it, I have wondered what I was thinking of by attempting it. Yet, the sense of accomplishment and the view from the top eventually bring me back for another try.
 

Walking Lover

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
CdS from Leon to Santiago, June 16, 2016 to June 30, 2016.
#10
On the Camino Frances between St Jean Pied de Port and Santiago de Compostela there are two major standouts of endurance that try many a pilgrim's resolve :) The climb out of SJPdP to the Col de Lepoeder on the way to Roncesvalles and the walk up to O Cebreiro. These two calorie burners and breath takers are, however, not evil.

This is evil incarnate: The Manitou (Man ah Too) Incline, near to Colorado Springs, Colorado.

The Manitou Incline gains a bit more than 2000 feet (607 meters) of elevation in about one mile (1.6 Km). Imagine a stack of uneven stairs where each step is of a varying rise that has to go up for two thousand feet in the length of a mile, and you begin to get the picture. My best time is 1 hr 11 minutes :eek:. My son's best time is 36 minutes, while a US Army Ranger stationed at Ft Carson.

My son used to do the half on Saturday and the full marathon on Sunday starting on Manitou. I agree with you completely. There is nowhere on the Camino that compares to the ascent to Pike's Peak.
 

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