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13th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest The American Experience
Strength in Numbers

Some 740,000 years ago, the Long Valley Caldera in California's Eastern Sierra erupted in one of the planet's greatest pyroclastic events, blanketing the Owen's Valley in hundreds of cubic miles of molten rock and volcanic ash. As water runoff spilled from the Sierra Nevada, the Sherwin Plateau was carved into boulder-filled canyons becoming, in more recent times, a rock climbing destination known throughout the world. Here, climber Auzie Gwinn tackles a known classic in the final, fading light.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 10.2015
Date Uploaded: 11.2015
Photo Location: Bishop, California, United States of America
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Copyright: © Jeff Deikis