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Hikes, friends, and litter patrols: introducing the “Incline Fools”

Posted: 6:12 PM, Apr 25, 2018
Updated: 2018-08-29 17:30:55-04

(MANITOU SPRINGS) – Almost everyday people find their way to the steps of the Manitou Incline.

Some climb in order to stay prepared, “I come here to maintain my military readiness,” commented David Hatcher.

While others do so to simply express themselves, “Sometimes my hands get so much energy because my legs are doing so much, that I have to, you know, bust it out,” said another hiker.

They come and they go, all taking on the challenge. Some even take on a title, “Incline fools, let me tell you,” said Keeler North, founder of the group.

It’s made up of a couple hundred people dedicated to starting each week off right; doing something, one granny would find a bit ridiculous.

“My great grandmother, when she saw someone doing something outrageous, she would say, ‘oh that darn fool, ‘” commented North laughing.

But far from being just climbing fools, this is one crew that also works to keep this climb clean. “All they have to do is bend down and pick it up,” stated North.

One incline fool and regular hiker reports he can usually collect a bag full of trash from his hike, even on back to back trips an hour apart.

“I can generally get a bag full even on back to back trips an hour apart,” stated Steven Stermer.

Now if everyone starts acting a “darn fool,” it could make a mountain of difference, or at least a difference to this mountain of a climb.


Want to see how we filmed this whole interaction? Then go ahead and take a peak at the video below!