Wilderness Workshop

Environment
6:00 am
Thu July 17, 2014

50 Years Of Wilderness: The "Maroon Belles"

Joy Caudill, Dottie Fox and Connie Harvey were known as the "Maroon Belles." They helped expand protection in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness.
Credit Meredith Ogilby/Wilderness Workshop

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act and, in special series, we're focusing on one protected area in our backyard, the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness.

It took the work of three tireless women to expand protection in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness near Aspen. In 1964, just the high mountain peaks became wilderness. So, the women, called the “Maroon Belles,” worked to more than double the size of the preserved area. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen tells their story.

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Opinion/Editorial
9:42 am
Tue January 14, 2014

Of Fire Tents and Hut Trips

Credit Will Roush

It could be an overly nuanced distinction to folks who don’t live in the mountains and spend much time in the woods, but I’ll make the case anyway: winter camping and hut trips are two very different experiences. One requires a tolerance for cold and a degree of suffering most people would prefer to pass up; the other involves cozy accommodations, light packs and comfy mattresses. Both usually include spectacular winter scenery and close friends.

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