Aspen’s most spectacular wilderness areas are getting overrun

By scott condon

It is 7 p.m. sharp Friday when U.S. Forest Service wilderness ranger Eric Tierney says it’s time to go to work.He leaves his perch in a rock field that provides a spectacular view of the big peaks looming over Snowmass Lake — deep in the heart of the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness. He is wearing his Forest Service olive-green uniform. He throws on his pack and makes what initially seems like an odd choice to grab his Pulaski, the ranger’s all-purpose tool with an ax and blunt chisel on the end of a long wood handle.Tierney heads toward the backpacker camps …

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