Board of Directors

David Adair

David Adair is the Incline Friends Board President. David has been an active participant in Colorado Springs and Manitou Springs outdoor lifestyle for many years, to include mountain biking, skiing, and of course, climbing the incline.


Bill Beagle

Bill Beagle finds that hiking the Incline dovetails perfectly with his passion for climbing 14'ers. Around 13,000 feet he knows he only has half an Inclne to go and while on the Incline he just keeps reminding himself that he's not at 13,000 feet. He views the Incline Friends as an opportunity to be part of the solution to the many challenges created by the ever-increasing popularity of the Incline.


Tim Bergsten

A longtime sportswriter in Colorado Springs, Tim Bergsten owns and operates the social network A runner and cyclist, he made his first trip up the Incline in 1990. Tim manages the Incline Friends website,, when he's not fly fishing, painting, drawing, playing guitar or drinking coffee.  He believes the local trails system is the best in the country for its proximity to Colorado Springs, and hopes to make the Incline a permanent part of that network.  


Jeff Gallup

Jeff Gallup discovered the Incline in 2007, soon after he and his family moved to Woodland Park. A trail runner, he loves to train on the Incline for the great workout and amazing views. He’s also taken his passion for the Incline and barefoot/minimalist trail running and created his blog, Barefoot Inclined. A Financial Analyst for Xerox Global Services and father of four, Jeff can often be found on a trail somewhere, training for another ultra-marathon and seeing how far he can go. 


Jason Koop

Jason Koop is a runner, angler and outdoor lover residing in Colorado Springs, CO. In his work life, he serves as the Director of Coaching for Carmichael Training Systems. Jason is a passionate ultra-marathoner having completed multiple 100 mile races including the Badwater 135, Hardrock 100, Western States 100, Leadville Trail 100 and Wasatch 100. Jason regularly uses the Incline for training and just plain ‘ole suffering.


Emily Cheeseman

Emily Cheeseman is a Colorado Springs native and loves the active Colorado lifestyle!  She works in the sales department at a destination management company and is also a personal trainer at Orange Theory Fitness.  In her free time, she enjoys hiking the Incline, mountain biking, climbing 14’ers and traveling.  Emily is grateful to be on the Incline Board and loves being a part of sustaining this trail. 


Melissa Rood

This is Melissa.  Melissa likes to play outside.  Melissa likes computers.  Melissa is a new board member and maintains the Incline Friends website.  Be like Melissa, become part of the Incline Nation!