Just a quick note, before I head out today. I just received an email from ranger Ralph Brandt, who is my contact at the Mt. Evans Wilderness Area, and is the Wilderness/Trails/Travel Manager for the Clear Creek District. Ralph contributed a wonderful essay for the guidebook about access and stewardship in the area. He had this to say:
Thought I’d send you a quick note since you have contacts in the Lincoln Lake bouldering community and I’m hoping you can to help me out. I’m hearing pretty well founded rumors of some significant pad stashing down at Lincoln Lake, like 10-20 pads. I haven’t been able yet to get in there and check it out, but if it’s true, it really isn’t acceptable and I hope you can help me discourage it. Folks were pretty good about eliminating pad stashing over in the Chicago lakes area and Lincoln Lake is an even shorter hike in. Wilderness issues aside, the marmots really chew them up – bad for them and very bad in terms of litter, with little bits of foam blowing all over.
If the rumors are true, if you could help me spread the word that stashing pads isn’t acceptable at Lincoln Lake, or anywhere else for that matter, I’d really appreciate it.
Please, it’s important not to forget that the Mt. Evans Wilderness Area is a special place, and that we need to do what we can to be the best we can be, and to not be destructive of the resource that is there. It’s great that we have made considerable improvements at Area A but let’s work hard to see those same improvements at Lincoln Lake.