By Anica Padilla

(CBS4) — A Colorado man has made a name for himself through social media — but it’s not always for Colorado-appropriate behavior. David Lesh is now infamous for not paying much respect to the environment. Lesh was back in court this week.

David Lesh (credit: Boulder County Sheriff)
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Lesh gained notoriety after posting a photo on social media showing him walking on a log in the middle of Hanging Lake — which is not allowed.

The caption on the photo read: “[David Lesh] testing out our new board shorts (coming soon) on the world’s most sacred log 🤣”

After that, people petitioned to have his outdoor apparel company’s license revoked.

Lesh is also accused of riding a snowmobile on off-limits terrain on Independence Pass on July 3, 2019, according to the Vail Daily.

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Additionally, Lesh reportedly posted a photo of himself launching a snowmobile off a jump in a terrain park at Keystone Resort, on April 24, 2020 — while it was closed because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Lesh has been charged with several petty offenses, including:

  • Entering an area closed for the protection of threatened, endangered, rare, unique or vanishing plants, animals or fish when entering the Hanging Lake National Natural Landmark Area
  • Entering an area closed for the protection of special biological communities
  • Entering an area closed for the protection of historical, archeological, geological or paleontological interest
  • Entering a prohibited body of water

Each charge holds a potential penalty of up to six months imprisonment, a fine of up to $5,000, or both.

On Monday, Lesh pleaded not guilty to the charges. He’s claiming the pictures were photoshopped.

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His next court appearance is Feb. 11.

Anica Padilla