Day 4, 6:30 AM - Morning over Lake Jasmine
Return to day page View previous item Morning over Lake Jasmine Crossing Upper Basin en route to Mather Pass Looking back across Upper Basin At the foot of Mather Pass From Mather Pass (12,150 ft) across Upper Basin From Mather Pass (looking North) over Palisade Basin Looking SW along the Mather Pass ridge Mather Pass, subject at day 4 Halfway down to Palisade Lakes Looking down from my private waterfall at Camp 4 Camp 4 at 10,200 ft I always wanted a kitchen with a view... Sequoia smoke at sunset View next item

Everyone should see something like this first thing in the morning. The night before was strangely warm, almost to the point where I couldn't use my sleeping bag, even with the zipper all the way open. So, it was easy to get up early and finish up my breakfast. My goal, each day, was to try to hit the trail before 7:30, which I managed on all but one day. As this day was going to involve extensive downhill stretches, I felt it was time to deploy Operation Wiggle Room. This meant wearing only a thin, inner sock, and using a triple-folded thick sock between the front of my foot and the boot, to force the foot as far back in the boot as possible, sparing my toes the wear and tear they otherwise would have suffered. "But Dammit man, will it work?" Stay tuned...