Classic Maroon Bells Fall landscape scene Photo Credit: RondaKimbrow (iStock).

Photo Credit: RondaKimbrow (iStock).

While awaiting the outcome of a court case involving alleged illegal actions at Hanging Lake, Virtika founder David Lesh seems to have continued his string of disrespectful acts in Colorado's outdoor space.

A photo posted on Lesh's personal Instagram account on October 21 appears to depict a shirtless Lesh defecating in Maroon Lake near Aspen with his pants around his knees. While this destination is typically quite crowded, the caption of the photo claims that no one was around to witness the act.

According to the Aspen Times, part of Lesh's bond conditions in the ongoing Hanging Lake-related case include following the rules on open National Forest System lands at the risk of arrest and forfeiture of $1,000 for bond violations. Lesh's next court appearance related to this case is set for October 30.

Language on the White River National Forest website in regard to the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area that surrounds the Maroon Bells Scenic Area is as follows: "visitors [not removing waste with them] are required to deposit solid human waste in holes dug 6 to 8 inches deep at least 200 feet from water, camp and trails."

It is unclear if the Maroon Bells Scenic Area operates under the same rules as the surrounding wilderness area. Public restrooms are available at the Maroon Bells Scenic Area site.

The Aspen Times has raised the question of whether or not the photograph is real. According to their report, the incident is under investigation by the US Forest Service.

Rules regarding defecation in nature are put in place to prevent polluting waterways and spreading disease.

Here are a few guidelines for pooping in the backcountry:

1. Taking your poop out of a natural space with you is the best practice when using a proper bag for removal. If this isn't possible, poop at least 200 feet from water sources, trails, and campsites.

2. If you're not taking your poop with you, dig a hole for it. The hole should be at least six inches deep and covered with dirt once you've finished your business.

3. Don't bury your toilet paper, pack it out with you.

4. Fallen leaves can be used to wipe – but don't use a leaf from something you don't recognize. You don't want to be wiping something poisonous on your body, especially not there.

5. Wash up after you're finished with hand sanitizer.

Everybody poops, and many people poop outside. If you're one of those people, please plan ahead to do so responsibly to help take care of Colorado's natural space.

Editor's Note: Taking care of Colorado's outdoor space is a team effort. Not only does this help preserve natural spaces for years to come, it also helps reduce the necessity for additional restrictions to be put in place. Read more about the best practices of Leave No Trace here.


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(14) comments

Jack Regard

Six months in prison and, since he is fascinated with “doody,” 10,000 hours of doody duty Community Service cleaning the human feces off the sidewalks and streets in San Francisco where the city has been unable to solve the homeless problem.


So where is "cancel culture" when its really needed?

Put this POS out of business!


knew it money will let you do anything afine is a joke to this guy and real jail time right


The guy is literally shitting on the state, the area, wilderness rules. He needs some real jail time and a hefty fine to try and change his behavior.

Jackie Treehorn

Look both ways when you cross a street Loser Lesh.


unfortunately there is no way to cure people with this type of psychological illness. And unfortunately the judicial system does not have consequences that matter. Karma or vigilantes will catch up with him.


Yeah, this clown needs to do some jail time in addition to a hefty (for him) fine! I hope he becomes a huge pariah in his industry as well as personally.

tag soup

6 months, no parole. He'll wise up.


Please move away from our beautiful state if you can’t respect it. I hope you receive jail time for what you have done.


They should fine David Lesh $10,000 for extreme disrespect. What a jerk!


$10k is nothing to this jackass and his company. they need to take his freedom


Sicko with a Hanging Lake obsession.


Ok someone needs to take guy behind the barn and introduce him to a piece of garden hose.


Agreed. Maybe an electrified garden hose.

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