Posts Tagged ‘Bear Basin Ranch’

Grounding for the Hardscrabble Runs

May 4, 2016


Grounding, or earthing is a controversial practice that in its truest sense involves direct physical contact with the ground. Some people claim health benefits and I don’t doubt they may be true. I just know grounding feels good.

Lately I’ve been grounding out on the Hardscrabble Mountain Trail Run course. The races are coming up June 5 and already the entries are flowing in. I won’t be laying around in the dirt that day for sure.

This is my fourth year as Trail Boss for the event, which raises awareness and funding for vital land and water conservation projects in Southern Colorado. The Hardscrabble Run is hosted by the San Isabel Land Protection Trust,  which  in partnership with landowners, has protected more than 40,000 acres of land, 174 water rights, and 61 miles of stream frontage in Southern Colorado.

Runners and walkers can meet the challenge of the 5K or 10K courses on Bear Basin Ranch, a 2,400-acre protected ranch located in the Wet Mountains 11 miles east of Westcliffe.

It’s work it just for the lunch — after the race, entrants will be treated to a post-race fiesta that includes a gourmet lunch by Kalamata Pit Catering. There’ll also be live music by Bruce Hayes, awards and prize drawing for fantastic gifts, including awesome items from Patagonia.

Youth 17 and under will run free thanks to the generosity of Ranchers Roost Café/Cliff Lanes Entertainment, and other individuals. The goal is for 100 young runners from Custer County and surrounding areas participate. Young runners must register online by using discount code youth.

The races start at 10 a. m. on June 5. The start and finish are at 8,913 feet elevation. The courses feature 475 feet of vertical gain on the 5K and 1,083 feet of gain on the 10K, with the 10K topping out at 9039 feet. Both routes have short but steep sustained climbs that may require many participants to hike or walk. There is one aid station for the 5K course and two for the 10K.

Entry is $40 if received by May 30.

For more information or to register visit: or contact San Isabel at 719.783.3018.

Anyone wishing to sponsor the event with cash donations or prizes for our drawing should contact me at

So come on out for the trail run. Ramble around Bear Basin. Each some lunch and listen to the music. Maybe win a prize. Do a little grounding yourself, if you want.

An update on Amy

August 16, 2008

I spoke with Gary Ziegler on the phone this morning. He’s back at Bear Basin Ranch and said Amy was released from the Mayo Clinic and returned to Colorado Springs on Robert Hamilton’s private plane on Friday. Though the team at Mayo Clinic was unable to determine any cause for her stroke, Gary reported progress with improved sensation in both her left arm and leg. For now Amy is in the Memorial Hospital Rehabilitation Unit, 7th Floor, Room 7632, and Gary said she would welcome visitors.

Amy Finger: positive attitude, determination

August 13, 2008

Overshadowing the past week here at Hardscrabble Times has been the news that our good friend and neighbor Amy Finger had a stroke last Thursday. For those who don’t know Amy, she is co-owner of Bear Basin Ranch and Adventure Specialists. She is a very active outdoorswoman and is only 47. She had her stroke the evening after coming back from a two-day horseback trail-clearing mission in the Sangre de Cristo range. Despite extensive tests at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, it still has not been determined what exactly caused the clot that cut off blood flow to the right side of her brain. The word is that she has regained some feeling and movement on her left side and is due back in Colorado Springs to begin rehabilitative therapy next week. I believe Amy’s positive attitude and determination will lead to a speedy and full recovery. For more on Amy, go to