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Special to the DailyFamed Mountain Guide Sir Larry Hickey led a group of local hikers in their assault of Peak One recently in Summit County Colorado. Shown here resting blissfully in the sun as he awaits his charges final push to the summit, he comments, "Sometimes it's difficult to remain humble in the presence of lesser climbers; however, it is my calling to help my fellow men despite their limitations." Mr. Hickey achieved fame in 2001 when, despite the severe sunshine, he successfully led a select group of Caloosa Riders, [] up the summit of Mount Matanzas, the highest pass in Lee County, Fla. Mr. Hickey will be signing copies of his latest book "I Am The Furry Greatest" at the Naples Zoo tomorrow from noon until 3 p.m. Please bring iodine spray, for Mr. Hickey's nose, for admission.

Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column pausing this morning to read a bit of junk mail.This, despite its bland packaging, caught our eye: An Atlas Van Lines survey says I-70 is the most scenic stretch of highway in America, according to the truck drivers.We wonder, could the interstate be there to accept the award? (And then we wonder, why do we wonder about such things?)Anyway, that wasn’t even the best question on the survey.

The best question is, what’s the strangest thing you’ve loaded into your truck?The drivers said they have hauled: Two bronze Ming Dynasty lions (about 100 pounds each), Jesus and the 12 Apostles (life-size figures), a 400-pound wooden baby elephant, computerized insects, a 6,000-pound rock collection, a B-52 flight simulator, one meteorite, a cabinet and bar shaped like a pirate ship, a mini-submarine, one Moon Rover, a Cessna Citation jet, a chicken coop, a picture of Jesse Ventura (when he was governor of Minnesota), one rocket engine, a covered wagon, an entire Little Caesar’s store, the ship bell off the U.S.S. Indianapolis, a flying saucer, a space shuttle project, giraffe bones (for museum), a stuffed tiger, a glass tube for nuclear reactor cooling system (44-inches long), a submarine and eel for children’s museum display, one Good Humor ice cream truck, the tail wing off a 747, one great white shark (life size/stuffed), a tree trunk loveseat, and, finally, one homemade helicopter.We’re steering clear of these trucks from here on out. And we no longer feel ashamed about moving that flying saucer we have stored … um … somewhere.***

Simon Ulmer’s looking for his stuff. On Thursday, he lost a black fanny pack containing his driver’s license, two credit cards, a Copper Mountain condo key and a yellow T-shirt on a bike ride from Fremont Pass to Leadville on the rec path.If you found his stuff, e-mail him at***Continental Divide Land Trust’s executive director Leigh Girvin’s about to get famous.

The next episode of the popular travel show, “Colorado Get-Aways” on Denver’s Channel 4 (KCNC), includes a feature on land conservation and open space protection in Summit County. Girvin was interviewed for the show.This episode of “Colorado Get-Aways” is scheduled to air this Saturday at 6:30 p.m. on Channel 4.***It’s Wednesday, and the aspen trees are looking great. Send your best fall colors photo to

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