13th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest The American Experience
The Church of Lost and Found

The Owen's River Gorge, a steep 10-mile canyon on the upper Owen's River in eastern California, has long been a popular destination for roped rock climbing in the West. Lesser known and further north form the standard climbing zones, a small field of boulders sit perched on the literal edge of the Gorge--teetering blocks of volcanic tuff carved from the cliffside by ancient water flows. Here, a lone climber ascends a knife-edged arete as the final rays of sun sink behind the Sierra Nevada.

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