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May 21, 2011 8:46 AM by Andy Koen

Incline helper returns to promote event

A tourist who took it upon himself to hammer down loose pieces of rebar along the Incline in Manitou Springs is back in town this weekend.

Eric Mathison wrote us to say he'll be back at the incline today passing out t-shirts at the incline to promote a two-day hiking event that he's organizing. He hopes to host the inaugural Climb for the Incline in September once the Incline becomes a legal trail.

The Colorado Springs and Manitou Springs city councils have both give approval to designate the land as a trail. All that is left is for the US Forest Service to give their approval.

Mathison was visiting from Wisconsin in March when he noticed the protruding rebar and decided to take action. He bought a sledge hammer and spent the weekend making trips up and down the incline hammering the rebar flat.

Mathison documented his efforts in a YouTube video. He has also launched the blog incline4america.com in which he describes his vision for the event.

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