Valles Caldera and Jemez Valley

…This is where all that ash came from – about a million years ago an eruption hundreds of times bigger than Mt St Helens dumped a couple of cubic miles of the stuff and created the current landscape. Today all that is left is a giant circular prarie-filled dish, home to herds of elk.

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Another couple of miles down the road, and still well over 8,000 ft the Jemez Valley offers more great climbing, this time on rhyolite.

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Helen on The InBetween 5.10a

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