Manitou Incline

The Incline in all its heart wrenching glory

Outside of Colorado Spring, Colorado is a little town called Manitou Springs.  Manitou Springs sits below Pikes Peak, which is one of Colorado’s “fourteeners”.  These are all peaks that are over 14,000 feet in altitude.  Hopefully you’re getting the impression that this place is very hilly and steep.

Manitou Springs is also home to the dreaded Manitou Incline.  Masochists have been coming here for years to test themselves and, once in a while, die going up the steep hillside.  Yours truly has done this.  I’m not sure it was the wisest choice but I did complete it.

 

 

 

 

 

An old gear used to haul cablecars up the hill in Manitou Springs

The image before conversion to black and white

In gentler and possibly smarter times there was a cable system to pull cars up the hill to the original summit house that was built at the top.  This gear is one of the few remaining relics of that system.  The image goes back to my love of industrial artifacts and high contrast black and white images.

The bright afternoon sun does an excellent job of showing the texture in the concrete and rusted metal while a blue filter preset boosts the contrast on the orange rust of the metal.

 

 

If you find yourself in Manitou this gear is mounted to the wall outside the gift shop at the base of the Incline.  Check it out if you have the time!

-Larry

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Outside of Colorado Spring, Colorado is a little town called Manitou Springs.  Manitou Springs sits below Pikes Peak, which is one of Colorado’s “fourteeners”.  These are all peaks that are over 14,000 feet in altitude.  Hopefully you’re getting the impression that this place is very hilly and steep.

Manitou Incline

The Incline in all its heart wrenching glory

Manitou Springs is also home to the dreaded Manitou Incline.  Masochists have been coming here for years to test themselves and, once in a while, die going up the steep hillside.  Yours truly has done this.  I’m not sure it was the wisest choice but I did complete it.

An old gear used to haul cablecars up the hill in Manitou Springs

The image before conversion to black and white

In gentler and possibly smarter times there was a cable system to pull cars up the hill to the original summit house that was built at the top.  This gear is one of the few remaining relics of that system.  The image goes back to my love of industrial artifacts and high contrast black and white images.  The bright afternoon sun does an excellent job of showing the texture in the concrete and rusted metal while a blue filter preset boosts the contrast on the orange rust of the metal.

If you find yourself in Manitou this gear is mounted to the wall outside the gift shop at the base of the Incline.  Check it out if you have the time!

-Larry

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