Continental divides

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I had the opportunity during holiday time with family back in the States to bop around in the Sangre de Cristo Range, near the Spanish Peaks, in southern Colorado. If you count the Atlantic Ocean as one (kind of) continental divide (lowercase) west of the UK, we were atop the next one over (uppercase) – the Continental Divide of the Americas, as its formal distinction goes.

The brief photo series above begins on the knife-edge of the Stonewall Formation, a sedimentary unit tilted to near vertical. The Stonewall looks similar (but bears no relationship beyond appearance) to the radiating pattern of dikes that fin off the flanks of the proximal Spanish Peaks, two hard-weathered stumps of what were once massive volcanic bodies. The photos then jump to the talus and scree slopes and little morraines surrounding Lost Lake (elevation ~11,000 feet), where souls braver than I took a lunchtime swim.

I hadn’t been out in the Rocky Mountain great beyonder since 2004, when I was scrambling over Niwot Ridge trying get a handle on how fast the northern Front Range has been eroding.

These days, my thoughts are with those in the greater Boulder area trying to weather the flooding devastation – I spent a lot of time in Boulder Creek Canyon, but I never saw water this angry. Get yourselves safe.

EDL

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