Peaches Preaches: Battling the Bubble


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"You walk without a sense of purpose," a Berkeley bar manager once told James "Peaches" Lucas before firing him. A dedicated climber who spent 15 years living out of caves, tents, and then a Saturn station wagon to pursue the sport, Lucas stumbles through life but marches to the boulders, crags, and walls. Peaches Preaches is his monthly column.

“Maybe we should name the potholes,” I told Justen Sjong. For the third day that month, we met at 6:30 a.m. and drove to our sport project on the Bastille, in Eldorado Canyon. His Volkswagen van bumped and swerved on the dirt road. Massive, freighted-down trucks carrying spring water for delivery and constant traffic erode the road. The small town of Eldorado Springs deliberately neglects the road that bisects it and runs into Eldorado Canyon State Park for long portions of the year, to slow visitor traffic through town.