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Originally published Tuesday, March 3, 2009 at 10:19 AM

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"Lazy hiker" fee set for tired Pikes Peak climbers

Hikers who reach the summit of Colorado's popular Pikes Peak, but call for help as they're too tired to walk down, will face of fee of $100 or more if they call for help

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Hikers who reach the summit of Pikes Peak but are daunted by the descent have reason to find a second wind — calling rescuers will cost a hefty fee.

The city council of Colorado Springs set a fee of $100 or more if uninjured hikers call 911 for help because they're not up to walking down the 14,000-foot peak.

The fee could increase if snow has to be plowed from Pikes Peak Highway for rescuers to fetch a stranded hiker.

The council approved the fee unanimously and without debate last week. It took effect Sunday.

Some 15,000 people try to climb Pikes Peak annually. It is believed to be the second-most visited mountain behind Japan's Mount Fuji.

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