Dan England wrote:As someone who thought my quest was going to be forever thwarted because of some a-hole who didn't want to allow people on his land, I was thrilled to death to pay $100 for a nine-hour day (cheap entertainment and I took my time) to climb Culebra and Red Mountain with the good folks over at 14erworld.com.
Please don't try to steal it. I want to encourage those nice landowners to leave their land open to anyone, including climbers.
If I read this correctly, it sounds like you "stole" Red Mountain -- by not paying the $150 the ranch charges for summiting both. I would personally have no problem with that, having considered it during my own quick ascent up Culebra last weekend. But I digress...
The fee affects different people differently. Some just see it as the cost of a hobby, others are opposed in principle, and many can ill afford it (though it's not much more than the cost of a tank of gas they need to get there). Like several posters have previously said, individuals should come to their own conclusions and act accordingly. The ranch is pretty well-run, and I have a sneaking suspicion that contacting the owner (by starting with Carole) with specific requests for a fee waiver would be met in kind.