WRECKAGE IN THE RAGGEDS
Back in 2013, I was bowhunting for elk in The Raggeds, a wilderness area west of Crested Butte, Colo., when I happened on a large sheet of twisted and bent metal high on the slopes of a timbered mountain. I later learned that it was the remains of a single-engine aircraft that had crashed in the area some 20 years earlier. Most of the wreckage had been dismantled and removed by packtrains, but the mules were unable to carry the engine. Later, I went back to the area and located the engine. My guide recalled that the plane was owned by the Colorado Department of National Resources. I never learned if there had been loss of life in the wreck, but it was sure a spooky thing to find an abandoned aircraft engine sitting in the middle of the wilderness.