g wrote:Back when the Enron sleazebag owned the property I think it would have been conscionable to raid his house beforehand, duct tape him up, throw him a blanket party, raid his kitchen, sleep in his beds, go climb the mountain, then make off in one of his cars.
As for the current owners, perhaps they could consider an easement--I'm sure CFI volunteers would be willing to handle maintenance.
And who doesn't like a good blanket party anyway... ?
Still, I find myself on the fence on this one. Property owner rights notwithstanding, I think the fee is perhaps a bit high. They could work out other arrangements, and like others have mentioned, an easement could allow access while trail groups maintained the route (plus, they could make a buck or so off of selling the easment onto their property). On the other hand, it's their land, so their choice.
I like the idea of working for the peak at the ranch. I'd be happy to go down for a weekend, put in a day working on the ranch for giggles, then get a free shot at the peak!
I'm still a long way from completing the 14'ers, so I'm not too worried about this one. It will be my last.