001 Glaciers chewed mountains down to this near Nathrop


We packed up and made the big pull up Monarch Pass, 11,3xx', and settled in tiny Nathrop, CO about twenty miles north of Salida and six or eight miles south of Buena Vista. This was our base for the next week.

This looks like a big glacial morraine. That is the pile of rocks that is deposited at the end of a glacier over time. If the glacier grows it moves the debris farther down the valley. If it shrinks, as it appears to have done here, it leaves a big line of gravel and rocks, then starts making another one at the new, shorter end of it. We found several of what appeared to be morraines in the valley going up towards Buena Vista.

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